LG bosses support Akeredolu for 2nd term
By Adekola Afolabi
Apparently thrilled by his uncommon giant strides in industrialising Ondo State, all the 18 caretaker chairmen in the state under the aegis of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), have unanimously endorsed the state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for a second term in office.
They made their position known yesterday at the Government House in Akure, the state capital, during a press briefing.
The ALGON chairman in the state and caretaker chairman of Akoko South-West Local Government Area, Augustine Oloruntogbe, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues hinged their decision to endorse the governor for a second term on what they described as uncommon turn-around of the state by the present administration.
He said that Akeredolu has changed the face of Ondo State, moved it from civil service state to industrial hub, thereby creating jobs for teeming youths in the state.
The Caretaker Chairmen had earlier in the day visited Ondo Linyi Industrial hub, Ore, Odigbo Local Government Area.
During the visit they inspected Paper Mill factory, Ethanol factory, Plywood factory, Winwin textile factory. The factories were situated in Ondo Linyi Industrial hub.
Oloruntogbe informed that this is the first time Ondo State would witness deliberate action, and not paper action, saying that Akeredolu has tremendously improved the economy of the state.
He further lauded the governor for his effort at improving the Internally Generated Revenue, IGR, which has made RAMFAC rated the state high among other states in revenue drive.
He commended the governor for his aggressive infrastructural and industrial development in the state, saying no governor in the history of the state has ever done what Akeredolu has done in the last two years.
“Today, having gone round and seen things for ourselves, we are gathering here to tell the whole of Nigeria, especially the president and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, president Muhammadu Buhari, that there is a gift in Ondo state that is waiting for Nigeria to tap in the person of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
“Therefore, we are gathering here to unanimously endorse him for a second term in office. We are not doing this from act of sycophancy, but for what we have seen”, he stressed.
He added that they were convinced base on giant strides of the governor on the socio-economic transformation which include the Industrial hub, seaport among others, saying if given another opportunity , it would enable him to do more for the development of the state and the citizenry.