The State Government has honoured its living founding fathers .
They include Pa Reuben Fasoranti; Bashorun Sehinde Arogbofa (OFR); Baba Animasaun; Chief Olu Adeyemi; R.A Olusa; and J.A. Olukoju.
According to the governor, “We celebrate you, most enthusiastically, for your vision. We remember the departed elders who have gone to join our ancestors. I must not fail to express gratitude to the past leaders of this State, and by extension, those of our sister State, Ekiti, for their contributions to her development “.
“We acknowledge their roles as pivotal to the advancement of this State within the permissible limits of the current political configuration in the country. We shall continue to insist on the best arrangement for our people in the Nigerian Federation.”
The governor assured that the State under his leadership, will continue to engage the polity constructively. “We are convinced that rural-urban integration programme is the genuine pathway to real development. We have embarked on massive infrastructural development in all the 3 Senatorial districts of the State. We have taken bold steps to improve on the security of lives and property. We established Amotekun to combat the menace of banditry and the unwholesome activities of criminal herdsmen”.
Responding, Bashorun Arogbofa thanked Governor Akeredolu for reminding them and re-assuring that they fought a good fight for the creation of the state.
He commended the governor for implementing the programme of the founding fathers of the state which he said included; provision of security for the people; deliberate industrialization of the state; sending out signals that the indomitable character and omoluabi spirt of the Ondo State man is not negotiable or comprimisable; respect for the rule of law and fair distribution of the state’s common heritage.
Pa Fasoranti expressed appreciation to the governor for remembering to honor them while they are alive.