Olawoye, cleric task Aiyedatiwa on Port Ondo
By Jubril Bada
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr. Adekola Olawoye and the Chief Imam of Ansar-Ud-Deen Central Mosque, Akure, Sheikh Mikaheel Modupeola, have called on Ondo State Governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa to focus more on the development of Port Ondo as the new helmsman.
The duo in separate interviews with The Hope yesterday, encouraged Governor Aiyedatiwa to pursue the development of the Deep Seaport, for which his predecessor late Akeredolu had secured a license, to a logical conclusion.
Olawoye, the immediate past Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, revealed that if Governor Aiyedatiwa can achieve this for the state his name will be written in gold.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria equally commiserated with the people of the state, the family of the demised Governor, and all peace-loving people that wish Ondo State and her people well, over the death of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, praying God to give his family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
According to him, now that Akeredolu has gone to rest, the various developmental projects he had brought to the State to improve the lives of the citizens must not be forgotten, adding that the late Governor did his best in all ramifications.
“The little time he had been with us as governor (about seven years) had been a momentous period,” he said.
He prayed God to give Akeredolu’s successor, Governor Aiyedatiwa, the wisdom, knowledge, enablement and capacity to continue from where his boss had stopped.
Olawoye also charged Governor Aiyedatiwa to step up the various developmental activities across the state to further make life more meaningful to the citizens.
“He should also try to alleviate the suffering of those of us who are not civil servants by providing necessary infrastructure in the state. He should put smiles on our faces by providing succour in the areas of transportation, agricultural development, medical care, and the security of our lives and properties.
“We should be able to go to bed and have our two eyes closed. We need security of lives and property far and above every other thing you can think of. The security architecture should be reviewed and Amotekun should be empowered and encouraged,” he added.
On the coming governorship election in the state, the legal luminary cautioned politicians against violence, stressing that no blood is expected to be shed in the state.
Also speaking, the Chief Imam of Ansar-Ud-Deen Central Mosque, Akure, Sheikh Mikaheel Modupeola advised Governor Aiyedatiwa to focus more on uncompleted protects embarked upon by his late boss, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and ensure they are completed before the end of their tenure.
The Chief Imam urged Aiyedatiwa to give his best in serving the state by continuing from where the former governor stopped.
He noted ongoing road construction in the state, projects and the education, health, agriculture sectors and flyover bridge at llesa/Owo Express road among other projects to be given concentration before the award of new ones, saying when completed the flyover will ease vehicular traffick faced by both motorists and pedestrians along the road.
According to the cleric, neglect of infrastructure will retard the progress of the state and deny people of the state of expected development.
Modupeola, who said that the country is suffering because the infrastructure needed to drive the economy is lacking, was optimistic that if the deep seaport could see the light of the day, it will boost its economy by providing job opportunities for teeming unemployed youths.