Ondo state is to start assembling cars in the Linyi industrial hubnsituated at Ore, in Odigbo local government area of the state with the first assembled trucks to be delivered in June, this year.

Chief Alex Ajipe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Klick Konnect Network and Business Consultant to Ondo State Government made this known while speaking to online journalists in Akure, the state capital.

According to him, Ondo state was given the license for an automobile assembly plant in November, last year and the first consignment from China will be arriving the state this month.

The project is going to kick off with 200 trucks and the plant is expected to produce a wide range of automobile products such as trucks, SUVs, Salon cars among others.

“By the grace of Almighty God, the first consignment will arrive in this month, with the clearing and everything, by the end of this month we should have the consignment here. We are starting with 200 trucks. By May/June, I can take you there to see the first assembled truck in Ondo state. We got the license last November by the help of Mr Governor “.

He revealed that there are about 2,000 investors ready to do business with the state adding that the hub would generate more than 20,000 direct and indirect employment opportunities when working at its full capacity.

He said “ through cassava revolution programme which has engaged twenty thousand cassava farmers will have a modular processors. This processors will help dry the water content of cassava to the betterment of cassava farmers. This processors will be in 15 locations but we are starting with five, in Ogbagi, Emure-Ile in Owo, Omotoso, Ilu-Abo. When you take your cassava there, it washes it, dry it, measure it and pay you, so, you can see that everybody will feel the benefits of the industrial hub”.

The Manager of the Industrial Hub commended Governor Akeredolu for his commitment towards taking Ondo State to its peak, saying that the integrity of the Governor has increased their speed.

” We are already processing the license for Okeluse cement factory. By the grace of God, before the end of the year, we will get the license from the federal government and we will generate one thousand tones of cement on daily basis. We are also working on Okeluse ethanol factory.

Chief Ajipe while refuting claims that he was collecting money on behalf of the state government, said they only monitored government properties and blocked loopholes which has aided the increase in the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

“What we do for Ondo state is to monitor, is to block loopholes and we have achieved that. What we ensure is that you don’t take government properties especially in the area of forestry and all that, and to a reasonable extent that has actually culminated into increase of IGR.”

“Take for example, in the ministry of Natural Resources, when we got there in 2017, the annual IGR generation was about 400 million naira, that first year we increased it to 800 million naira. What we did was just to ask questions”, he said.

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Babajide Akeredolu, son of Ondo state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu says he is proud that his father could consider him for the role of his chief of staff.

The Senior Akeredolu had during his 3rd-anniversary dinner in Akure said his son, Babajide worked hard during his campaign and there is nothing anyone can do if he decides to appoint him as his chief of staff.

“When somebody says Baba (Babajide) is this, I just laugh at them. If I wanted to make Baba my chief of staff, he can be; did you do more than him in the campaign? Ask yourself, how many of you did more than Baba in the campaign? How many?” he asked. “The young boy was going everywhere and all of us saw him but we decided not to because he wouldn’t want it. My son is satisfied, that’s why. If he is not, I will put him somewhere, there is nothing anybody can do. I will put him there, there is nothing you can do. Is he not my son? Is he not from Ondo state? Has he not worked?” Reacting to the story published by an online medium, Babajide tweeted that he was glad his father could consider him that position. He, however, said he would gladly decline because his father is a workaholic who might overwork him leading to needless clashes. Babajide whose Twitter profile reads ‘A slave to Ondo state’  said he would prefer to stick to his consultancy job.

Ahead of the 2020 gubernatorial election in Ondo State, deputy chairman of the Zenith Labour Party in Ondo State, Oganising secretary, 13 local government chairmen, 161 ward chairmen and their executives and other leaders of the party has resigned their various executive positions and membership of the party.

The leaders, comprising many state executive committee members of the ZLP, local government and ward chairmen of the party decided to join a newly formed Grassroot Progressive Network (GPN).

While addressing a press conference in Akure on Monday, Com. Adebayo Abayomi stated that the group have unanimously resolved to collapse their structure into the GPN with a mission to effectively mobilise the people for the purpose of bringing governance to their doorstep and involving them in decisions that affect their lives.

Hon. Femi Ikoyi, former Organising Secretary of the ZLP stated that the decision to resign from the ZLP is coming at the right time and in the interest of the masses of Ondo State who have always been at the receiving end of bad leadership and poor government decisions.

Leaders representing each local governments were unanimous in their speech stating that they are happy to leave the ZLP and chart a new course for themselves and their people.

The Grassroot Progressive Network is led by Hon. Bunmi Tunji Ojo, Member House of Representatives Akoko North West/East Constituency and Chairman, House Committee On NDDC.

Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, says Babajide, his son, worked hard during his campaign and there is nothing anyone can do if he decides to appoint him as his chief of staff.

Speaking at government house, Akure, during a dinner organised in commemoration of his third anniversary as governor, Akeredolu said his son worked harder than most members of the campaign.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governor, who is seeking another term, charged the people to put in their best so he could secure another term.

“When somebody says Baba (Babajide) is this, I just laugh at them. If I wanted to make Baba my chief of staff, he can be; did you do more than him in the campaign? Ask yourself, how many of you did more than Baba in the campaign? How many?” he asked.

“The young boy was going everywhere and all of us saw him but we decided not to because he wouldn’t want it. My son is satisfied, that’s why. If he is not, I will put him somewhere, there is nothing anybody can do. I will put him there, there is nothing you can do. Is he not my son? Is he not from Ondo state? Has he not worked?”

Akeredolu and wife with Babajide, their sonThe governor also thanked Betty, his wife, saying he is not sure if the state could have a better first lady.

Akeredolu also said he is ready to confront members of Unity Forum, a faction of the party allegedly frustrating his attempt to get a second term ticket.

He said he is no longer interested in any peace meeting but “battle ready” for members of the group.

Among members of The Unity Forum headed by Alli Olanusi, a former deputy governor, are Olusegun Abraham, who lost the party’s governorship ticket to Akeredolu in 2016, and Ajayi Boroffice, a serving senator.

Others are Olusola Oke, who contested against the governor in 2016 and Ifeoluwa Oyedele, an electrical engineer and political associate of President Muhammadu Buhari, whom sources disclosed has support of key APC members for the 2020 governorship ticket.

AS October 10, 2020 gubernatorial election draws near in Ondo state, the National President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Prof. Adedayo Faduyile, has formally joined the governorship race. Faduyile is contesting against the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

At an interactive section with journalists in Akure, the state capital at the weekend, Faduyile who is from Ikale in Okitipupa local government area of the state, said the state needed a well-equipped aspirant like him to rescue the state from alleged maladministration.

He will be battling for APC ticket with the likes of Ife Oyedele, Isaacs Kekemeke, Bukola Adetula, Chief Olusola Oke (SAN), Olusegun Abraham and the incumbent Governor, Akeredolu during the primary election that will hold in July this year.

The NMA President who christened his campaign team “Prof Dayo Faduyile- ” PDF 2020″, expressed concern over worrisome state of education and health sectors in Ondo state.

He also said the N5billion Ore flyover constructed by Akeredolu’s administration was a mere waste of public fund, stressing that the project is just a single lane instead of double lane.

The governorship aspirant added that Ore community needed a dual carriage flyover since industries were springing up in the area.

Faduyile said the party would soon overcome its internal wrangling, noting that he had assisted the less privileged in the education, healthcare and sports sectors.

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu Aketi, SAN, on Monday said the federal government is owing the state about N7billion, being the amount spent by the state government to fix federal roads.

The Governor disclosed this, while receiving the minister of state for Tranport, Senator Gbemisola Saraki and officials of her ministry in the Governor’s office, Alagbaka in Akure, the State capital.

Saraki is in the state for verification of the number of federal government road projects fixed by the state for possible reimbursement.

Akeredolu expressed optimism that by the time the federal government officials completed their verification and carried out its deductions, the state should be able to receive over N5billion from the federal government.

He noted that such repayment would go along way in assisting the state on projects execution and payment of salary arrears.

“The acclaim is in the neigbourhood of about N7billion. I am sure that by the time they look at it, do all their verifications, if there are going to be deductions here and there, we should be able to have over N5billion to come into the state.

“These are monies that have been spent and the roads have been completed over the years, so they are verifiable. We believe that this will go along way in assisting us on projects and payment of salary arrears”. Akeredolu stated

Akeredolu, however sought the support of the Minister of State for Transport on the actualization of Port Ondo

The Governor averred that the project is very crucial to his administration, noting that it is a way of building the state for future generation.

He said the idea is to decongest Lagos State and open up the riverine area in the state for better economic activities.

The Minister of State for Transport, Senator Saraki assured the state governor that her team would be fair as they carry out their verification exercise.

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