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Ijaws Reject Adoption Of Odua Anthem In Ondo
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Ijaws Reject Adoption Of Odua Anthem In Ondo

Residents of Ondo State of the Ijaw extraction have kicked against the state government adoption of the Odua anthem The Ijaws urged the state government to immediately put on hold the Odua anthem adoption and conferred with Ijaw leaders to come up with the Ijaw version of the anthem if it must be sung in public places. It would be recalled that the dissolved State Executive Council last week approved the adoption of the Odua anthem to be sung after the National Anthem at official and public functions. It said the Odua anthem was meant to project the tradition and culture of the Yoruba tribe. But the Ijaws described the action as highly provocative and very irritating, saying it portends a deliberate affront to the peace loving Ijaws of Ondo State. The Ijaws accused Gover...
Why Herdsmen In Ondo Forests Ignored Akeredolu’s Eviction Order – Senator Tofowomo
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Why Herdsmen In Ondo Forests Ignored Akeredolu’s Eviction Order – Senator Tofowomo

The Senator representing Ondo South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Nicholas Tofowomo, has said the herdsmen were still operating in the Ondo forests reserve because Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s eviction order was not backed by law. The governor had last month issued a quit notice to herdsmen who are hibernating in the state forests reserve to perpetrate criminal activities, especially kidnappings. But speaking with our correspondent in an interview in Abuja on Friday, Tofowomo said Akeredolu’s eviction order was not effective because it was a mere pronouncement, not backed by law. He said, “When the governor gave the directive, my thinking was that he would back it up with an executive bill to the Ondo State House of Assembly. “It is his duty as the Chief Secu...
Akeredolu Tells Miyetti Allah To Stop Defending Killer Herders
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Akeredolu Tells Miyetti Allah To Stop Defending Killer Herders

South-West governors on Monday said a lasting solution cannot be found to the issues of banditry and kidnapping in the region as long as Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) continues to support killer herdsmen who are not its members but because they share the same language. ­ The Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Fo­rum, Governor Rotimi Ak­eredolu of Ondo State, who disclosed this while speak­ing on Channels Television programme, ‘Politics Today’, monitored by Daily Indepen­dent said rather than taking sides with the criminal ele­ments, Miyetti Allah should join hands with them in flush­ing them out. According to Akeredolu, most of the kidnap victims who have been debriefed after their rescue said their kidnappers speak a common language which is Fu...
Herdsmen Clashes: Akeredolu, Afenifere Criticizes Sharia Council Over Ranching
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Herdsmen Clashes: Akeredolu, Afenifere Criticizes Sharia Council Over Ranching

THE Supreme Council for Sharia in Nigeria, yesterday, called on the South-West governors to provide ranches for herdsmen before banning open grazing, to avoid further crisis, warning that outright banning of open grazing, without an alternative for herdsmen, was an invitation to greater disaster. But the remarks by the Sharia Council, however, generated angry reactions from the Chairman of the South West Governors’ Forum, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, and the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, who described the request as too pedestrian and insulting. This came on a day the Sarkin Fulani of Igangan in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State, Alhaji Salihu Abdul Kadir, lashed out on Oyo State police command for failing to arrest Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, also known as S...
Herdsmen Have No Alternative, They Must Register, Says Ondo State Government
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Herdsmen Have No Alternative, They Must Register, Says Ondo State Government

Following the agreement reached by the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association and other stakeholders on vacation order issued to the herdsmen to leave the forest reserves in Ondo State, the government has said the herders have been moving out of the forest. The governors and the MACBAN in the communique issued after their meeting on Monday agreed to support the Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’ s order on ban on night grazing, under-age grazing, movement of cattle along the highway and within the cities and herdsmen moving out of the forest reserves. Speaking on the development on Tuesday, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo, said the herdsmen had been moving out of the forest reserves in compliance with the orde...
Miyetti Allah Owns No Land In Nigeria, The Government Owns Them – Yerima Shettima
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Miyetti Allah Owns No Land In Nigeria, The Government Owns Them – Yerima Shettima

The Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, AYCF, on Tuesday, rubbished the remark by the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore that Fulani herdsmen own all the lands in Nigeria. AYCF National President, Yerima Shettima insisted that nobody owns any land in Nigeria. Speaking with DAILY POST, Shettima said the government owns all the lands in the country, contrary to the group’s remark. Bello Abdullahi Bodejo, the group leader, had made the remark while insisting that no power can remove Fulani herdsmen from any forests in any state. Bedejo was reacting to the seven-day ultimatum given to Fulani herdsmen in Ondo forests by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. Following the ultimatum which expired yesterday, Southwest governors had banned all forms of open grazing in the region. Reacting, Shettima ...
High Court Banned Open Grazing In 1969, Akeredolu Rules Effective Tomorrow
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High Court Banned Open Grazing In 1969, Akeredolu Rules Effective Tomorrow

From tomorrow, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s seven-day grace to herdsmen to comply with a slew of rules will become effective. With the rules being challenged by Aso Rock and Miyetti Allah, a legal boost for correctness of the order has emerged in a revelation that a 1969 judgement in Abeokuta, Ogun state outlawed open cattle grazing. The judgment, which was not challenged, was given by Justice Adewale Thompson on 17 April, 1969 in Suit no AB/26/66. Johnson died in 2004 at the age of 82, his last role in retirement being secretary of Yoruba Elders Council (YCE). In his judgement, the jurist pronounced: “I do not accept the contention of Defendants that a custom exists which imposes an obligation on the owner of farm to fence his farm whilst the owner of cattle allows h...
Fulani Owns All Land In Nigeria – Miyetti Allah Leader, Bodejo
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Fulani Owns All Land In Nigeria – Miyetti Allah Leader, Bodejo

As the seven-day ultimatum Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, issued herdsmen occupying Ondo state forests expires tomorrow, the National President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Bello Abdullahi Bodejo has declared that no power remove Fulani herdsmen from the state’s forests. In an interview with VINCENT KALU, the Miyetti Allah leader stressed that their people have settled there for over 250 years and so they are not going to obey anybody to leave the place. He claims the Fulani ethnic group owns all the land in Nigeria. “All the lands in this country belong to the Fulani, but we don’t have any business to do with land if it doesn’t have areas for grazing; if the land doesn’t have cow food, we won’t have any business with it. We don’t sell land, we don’t farm. What we consider is t...
Uncertainty As Akeredolu’s Quit Notice Expires Tomorrow
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Uncertainty As Akeredolu’s Quit Notice Expires Tomorrow

Unimaginable calm has returned to the border towns and hotspots of kidnapping and other criminal activities in Ondo State since Governor Rotimi Akeredolu ordered herdsmen to quit the state’s forest reserves. However, cattle grazers and their herds were still spotted in droves across the state, unperturbed and uncommonly calm, taking their cattle around for greener pastures unhindered. Also worthy of note is that the troubled spots along Akure/Ilesa, Akure/Owo, Ikare/Epinmi/Akoko-Edo and Owo/Benin expressways, which used to be notorious for incessant kidnapping activities, suddenly become safe, as there have been reported incidence of criminal activities in the last six days. Although the seven-day ultimatum given by the governor to unregistered herdsmen and other criminally-mind...
If We Wait For Buhari, Herdsmen Will Kill All Of Us – Banji Akintoye
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If We Wait For Buhari, Herdsmen Will Kill All Of Us – Banji Akintoye

The Worldwide Leader of the Yoruba global movement, Ilana Omo Oodua, Prof Banji Akintoye, has accused the Presidency of supporting criminality by faulting Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu's order asking herdsmen to vacate forest reserves in the state. In an interview with The PUNCH on Wednesday, the historian asked people of the Yoruba race and Nigerians to prepare to defend themselves against herdsmen. He accused Fulani herdsmen of engaging in full-scale criminality since President Muhammadu Buhari became Nigeria's president. The Yoruba elder wondered why the Federal Government had refused to prosecute many Fulani herdsmen engaging in criminal activities. He said, "The Presidency is now initiating a very dangerous doctrine of governance in Nigeria. The presidency is now sayi...
Herdsmen’s Actions Illegal, Presidency Misinterpreted Constitution – Adegboruwa
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Herdsmen’s Actions Illegal, Presidency Misinterpreted Constitution – Adegboruwa

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has faulted the presidency’s opposition to the vacation order given to herdsmen in Ondo State by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. The PUNCH reports that Akeredolu had asked herdsmen to leave the state’s forest reserves within seven days. Apart from ejecting the herdsmen, Akeredolu also banned under-aged grazing, night grazing, movement of cattle within the cities and highways. But the presidency in a statement on Tuesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Akeredolu lacked the power to unilaterally sack herdsmen from Ondo forests. Reacting in an interview with The PUNCH, the senior advocate said the presidency misinterpreted sections of the constitution. Adegboruwa said...
Ondo Forests: Afenifere Hails Akeredolu
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Ondo Forests: Afenifere Hails Akeredolu

Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere on Wednesday said South West governors should join hands with Governor Rotimi Akeredolu in driving out killer herdsmen and bandits from their territories. A statement signed by Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary said it was not surprised at the statement by the Presidency telling the governor he has no right to secure his people from marauding herdsmen “The intervention by what we mistakenly call the Federal Government of Nigeria on behalf of marauding Fulanis in Ondo state against the lawful government in that state did not cone to Afenifere as a surprise as it is in line with non – pretence by this regime that it represents only Fulani interests against those of Yoruba, Igbo, Junkun, Ijaw and other ...
Ondo Herdsmen: ‘Stop Turning Blind Eye On Your Tribesmen’ – FFK To Buhari
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Ondo Herdsmen: ‘Stop Turning Blind Eye On Your Tribesmen’ – FFK To Buhari

Femi Fani-Kayode has attacked the Buhari-led administration for condemning Governor Rotimi Akeredolu's ultimatum for herdsmen to leave forest reserves in Ondo state within 7 days. The governor gave the directive on Monday, January 18 following claims that “bad elements” have turned the forest reserves into hideouts for keeping victims of kidnapping, negotiating for ransom and carrying out other criminal activities. In a statement released on Tuesday January 19, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, stated that the governor being a senior lawyer should know better than unilaterally expelling thousands of herders who have lived all their lives in the state. FFK in a series of tweets posted this morning said Garba Shehu's position is ''insulting, provocative, asinine & absurd....
Our Agreement With Ondo Governor Didn’t Include Vacating Forest – Miyetti Allah
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Our Agreement With Ondo Governor Didn’t Include Vacating Forest – Miyetti Allah

The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria has said that the agreement it had with the Ondo State Government was to stop night grazing and use of underage boys to graze cattle, adding that it could not be true that herders had been asked to vacate forest reserves in the state. The Miyetti Allah National Secretary, Baba Usman, stated this in an interview with SaharaReporters on Monday in reaction to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s statement that Fulani herdsmen had seven days to vacate forest reserves in the state. Usman noted that the meeting the cattle breeders had with the state government did not include the vacation of forest reserves in the state. He said, “I just spoke with my Ondo branch chairman. The governor of Ondo State emphasised on stopping night grazing...
There’s a serious security crisis in Ondo – Governor Akeredolu
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There’s a serious security crisis in Ondo – Governor Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has raised an alarm of Ondo state which he governs being in a serious security crisis.   The Governor who said this in reaction to the assassination of Israel Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government area of the state, described the killing as an “abominable crime".   Akeredolu in a statement released by Ondo commissioner for information and orientation Donald Ojogo, said they will be working hard to bring those behind the killing to justice.   The statement read;   “All lives matter, but this is one too heavy and unbearable. It’s a sad day in Ondo State. Clearly, we are in a serious security crisis that requires extraordinary means. “The security agencies, especially the Nigeria Police, have already been dire...
Kidnapped wife of Akeredolu’s chief of staff regains freedom
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Kidnapped wife of Akeredolu’s chief of staff regains freedom

Sade Ale, wife of Olugbenga Ale, chief of staff to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state has regained freedom.   We reported earlier that Sade who was returning from a business trip to Lagos, was abducted at Owena in Idanre local government area of the state on Thursday night alongside her driver and another woman.   It was gathered that she was released on Saturday morning after the hunters and other security agencies got to the location where the kidnappers kept their victims.   The Nation reported that some suspects have been arrested in relation to the kidnapping. A source said;   “I can confirm to you that the wife of the Chief of Staff has secured her freedom and on her way to Akure. She was released without paying the ransom as she was...
I Will Be In Ondo, The State Is Important To Us – Oshiomhole
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I Will Be In Ondo, The State Is Important To Us – Oshiomhole

Former National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole says he will be in Ondo State for Saturday’s governorship poll. He predicted that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu would win the election. According to Oshiomhole, Edo election had come and gone, but that Ondo poll was more important to the APC right now. He said by the special grace of God, Akeredolu would win the election come Saturday. Oshiomhole tweeted: “On Saturday, I will be in Ondo for #Aketi. Edo election has come and gone but Ondo is more important to us now. Akeredolu is winning! “I am sure that by the special grace of God, the Ondo Governor Akeredolu, will win come Saturday. “He did well and electorate are more sophisticated now so we have no fear about that. So nothing to worry about at a...
Ondo Election 2020: Eyitayo Jegede Will Defeat Akeredolu – Tambuwal
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Ondo Election 2020: Eyitayo Jegede Will Defeat Akeredolu – Tambuwal

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum has said that Eyitayo Jegede will emerge winner of Saturday’s Ondo governorship election. Jegede is up against Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Chairman of the Forum and Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, spoke on Sunday through the body’s Director-General, C.I.D. Maduabum. Maduabum quoted Tambuwal as saying PDP governors were united in ensuring that Jegede becomes the next Ondo helmsman. He also mention that that the Senior Advocate of Nigeria’s experience, dynamism and programmes will return the State to glory days. Tambuwal criticize those suggesting that PDP governors were not supporting Jegede. He called them fifth columnists afraid of the popularity of the party’s candidate and tr...
Akeredolu Collects N750m Monthly As Security Vote ― Ajayi
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Akeredolu Collects N750m Monthly As Security Vote ― Ajayi

CANDIDATE of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the Ondo governorship election, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and his estranged deputy governor Hon Agboola Ajayi have disagreed on running grants and security votes they collect on a monthly basis. Akeredolu had said that his deputy who is now the governorship candidate of the Zenith Labour Party receives the highest running grant of N13m monthly which is the highest in the country by any deputy governor and yet betrayed him. He said that “Agboola (Ajayi) does not want to wait for his time. I made him comfortable, I asked him to represent me in so many places but some people were warning me, I said they should leave him alone. “No deputy governor has collected what he was collecting in the history of the state. I gave him N13 mil...
No Party In Ondo Can Defeat APC, Akeredolu Has Done Well – Sanwo-Olu
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No Party In Ondo Can Defeat APC, Akeredolu Has Done Well – Sanwo-Olu

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State is the Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Campaign Council for the October 10 governorship poll in Ondo State. He speaks on the council’s plans for the gubernatorial election, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s performance in Ondo State and endorsements of the party’s candidate by all the stakeholders, among others issues during the inauguration of the campaign council in Abuja last Saturday. TEMIDAYO AKINSUYI brings the excerpts: How did you see your emergence as the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Campaign Council for the Ondo State governorship election? I am deeply honoured to be appointed as Chairman of the APC National Campaign Council for Ondo State governorship election, scheduled to hold o...
Police Attacks Won’t Stop Mass Exodus To Our Party, PDP Tells APC, IGP
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Police Attacks Won’t Stop Mass Exodus To Our Party, PDP Tells APC, IGP

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has told the All Progressives Congress, APC and the Nigeria Police to stop fighting a lost battle, saying they can’t stop mass defection of APC members to its fold across the country. Condemning Police attack on the Ondo deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi, the PDP in a statement Sunday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, to caution his men against dabbling into partisan politics. The deputy governor is having irreconcilable differences with his boss, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, and is said to be perfecting plans to dump the ruling APC for the leading opposition, PDP. But Police officers led by the Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Bolaji Salami, reportedly stopped...
Newly Appointed Aide to Ondo Governor, Ngozi, Suggests Solution to Rape
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Newly Appointed Aide to Ondo Governor, Ngozi, Suggests Solution to Rape

Miss Ngozi Ugochi-Ugo, the newly appointed aide to Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has suggested that girls should learn Taekwando to tackle potential rapists. She said it will help them to defend themselves in case of any attack. Ngozi made the statement while reacting to the killing of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 100 level student of the University of Benin, by her rapists inside the church where she was reading. She wrote: “Unfortunately, this case is just one out of many other cases of rape in Nigeria. Uwa was not in a bar or walking down the street wearing a short skirt (one of the many myopic justifications we give for rape occurrence) she was in the church, reading”, Ngozi wrote.   “If someone like Uwa can be raped and murdered inside a church building t...
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu Reacts As “88 Ghost Workers Receive Car Loan In Ondo State”
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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu Reacts As “88 Ghost Workers Receive Car Loan In Ondo State”

Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has reacted to a publication by Saharareporters with the headline "Revealed: 88 'Ghost Workers' Receive N48.2m Car Loan In Ondo" Reacting to the news via his twitter account, Governor Akeredolu said the new development is one of the many fraud his administration has dealt with in the state public sector with the ongoing public service reform. The Governor stressed that Saharareporters had covered one of the arrests made in April on its website and he vowed that his administration will continue to sanitize the public system. In his tweets "One of many we have dealt with. Our Civil service reform efforts, which was covered by your website in April, has been uncovering all of these criminal elements in the system. We will cont...
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“You Are Doing Well” – Governor Akeredolu Tells Teni

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State seem to be the most sophisticated and engaging Governor in Nigeria. In his usual twitter engagement, Governor Akeredolu reacted to a tweet by Popular Singer, Teni Makanaki, who had tweeted that she's proud of being from Ondo State. She said[i] "Being from Ondo is a pride thing! I can’t explain" [/i] In his reaction, Governor Akeredolu said "You're doing well" See people's reactions.
COVID-19: Akeredolu Offers Permanent Jobs To Volunteers In Ondo
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COVID-19: Akeredolu Offers Permanent Jobs To Volunteers In Ondo

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has directed the immediate absorption of all volunteering health workers at the frontlines of the coronavirus management in the state into the public service. He also approved the payment of 50% of the salaries of all health workers as hazard allowance. The governor, in a string of tweets, said he made the directives on Monday during a briefing on coronavirus management in the state. He said, “I have directed the immediate absorption into the public service the workers at the Infectious Disease Hospital and those working as volunteers with the Disease Surveillance team. “I have approved that all Health workers in the state be paid 50% of their consolidated basic salary as hazard allowance. All healthcare workers working directly in th...
Ondo State Government Orders Closure of all Schools Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
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Ondo State Government Orders Closure of all Schools Due to Coronavirus Pandemic

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has ordered the closure of all primary and secondary schools as well as tertiary institutions in the state following the outbreak of Coronavirus outbreak. He gave the order in a state broadcast on Thursday night March 19th. ''We have also directed the closure of all primary and secondary schools as well tertiary institutions in the state as from Friday 20th, March, 2020 until further notice. This measure is to harvest our children into the safety net for proper monitoring and care. There is no doubt that this global pandemic poses a real challenge to all nations, yet if we all collaborate effectively, we will overcome it successfully. One major advantage that our state has is the experience and expertise we have developed over the years from our fight...
Governor Akeredolu Asks for Legalization of Marijuana in Meeting With Buhari
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Governor Akeredolu Asks for Legalization of Marijuana in Meeting With Buhari

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu renewed his campaign for the legalization of marijuana in a meeting with President Buhari yesterday February 4, at the state house in Abuja. Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, the Ondo State Governor said he met with President Buhari to officially invite him for the commissioning of a N5 billion Ore flyover and the industrial hub built by his administration. Akeredolu said the Ore flyover which will be commissioned as part of the activities to mark his third year in office on February 24, was built over a federal highway because of the carnage that has taken place there. He said; “As you all know, I’ll be three years in office on the Feb. 24 and activities lined up in celebration of our third year in office include the inauguration of many of t...
Governor Akeredolu Cries Out as Lassa Fever Claims 15 Lives in Ondo State
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Governor Akeredolu Cries Out as Lassa Fever Claims 15 Lives in Ondo State

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has cried out over the recent Lassa fever outbreak which has reportedly claimed 15 lives in Ondo State and also left 28 people in critical conditions. New Telegraph reported that the Federal Medical Centre (FMC) in Owo community of Ondo State, has over 100 people being treated for Lassa Fever. A source said the patients are from the border communities of the state in the Northern Senatorial District like Oka-Akoko, Owo and Ose axis. It was also gathered that a medical doctor lost his wife to the disease in the recent outbreak. The source who also disclosed that some patients are being referred to the Virology Centre in Akure as FMC Owo is already filled up, hinged the increase in recorded cases of the disease on lack of awareness and sensitisation on how to ...
Amotekun: Lagos, Osun, Ekiti Recruit 1,320 Militiamen. “They Can Use Guns”
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Amotekun: Lagos, Osun, Ekiti Recruit 1,320 Militiamen. “They Can Use Guns”

The new security outfit geared towards tackling kidnapping and criminal activities in the South-West, Operation Amotekun, gained momentum on Friday as Lagos, Osun and Ekiti state governments announced they would recruit about 1,320 militiamen for the purpose. The announcement came barely two days after South-West governors led by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State inaugurated the outfit, also called Western Nigeria Security Network. The development came just as the police have identified about 52 deadly blackspots they would focus on in collaboration with the militiamen. The development came amid the announcement by some social-political groups across the country endorsing the outfit, saying it would help tackle insecurity in the region. The groups are the Arewa Consultati...
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“Akeredolu Does Nothing, His Wife Acts Like Governor” – Ex-Commissioner, Banji Ayiloge

A former Commissioner for Information in Ondo State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in the state, who recently accused Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of mismanaging the state’s resources, Mr Banji Ayiloge, tells PETER DADA why the Presidency should come to the South-West in 2023 After your recent criticism of Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress in your local government area disowned you, saying you were not a member of the party. So why have you been claiming to be a member of the APC? As of today, even the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, is not a registered member of the APC in Ondo State, though he won the last governorship election on the platform of the party. There are two reasons for this: he defected to the Actio...
Governor Akeredolu’s Health Causes Anxiety In Ondo
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Governor Akeredolu’s Health Causes Anxiety In Ondo

Anxiety is mounting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, and other parts of the state over the condition of health of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, who has been out of state for over a month. There are speculations by some that the Governor might be suffering from an undisclosed health condition, a situation which might be responsible for his several weeks absence from public sighting. It was rumoured that Akeredolu has gone for medical treatment outside the state, but his true state of health is yet to be ascertained. Issues bordering on Akeredolu’s health have continued to occupy centre stage in many discussions among residents of the state. The Governor most recently reported location is Abuja, where he was presented with an award by an NGO. The state commissioner for Infor...
Tinubu, Bisi Akande, Others Attend Akeredolu Daughter’s Wedding
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Tinubu, Bisi Akande, Others Attend Akeredolu Daughter’s Wedding

All roads led to the ancient town of Owo in Ondo state where the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu gave out his daughter’s hand in marriage. National leader of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Former national chairman of APC, Chief Bisi Akande, Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye and others celebrate with Ondo State Governor, Mr. Akeredolu and his Wife Mrs. Betty Anyanmu-Akeredolu on their daughter Traditional and Wedding ceremony.
Akeredolu Commences Construction Of World-class Teaching Hospital In Akure
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Akeredolu Commences Construction Of World-class Teaching Hospital In Akure

The determination of the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu administration to provide first-class health facilities for the people of Ondo State has taken another giant leap with the commencement of the construction of a modern world-class teaching hospital at the former State hospital in Akure, the state capital. Already, the Critical Care Unit complex has been constructed and will be used as the temporary Accident and Emergency ward to allow for the demolition and construction of a two-storey complex at the current A & E building. Similarly, a new building has been constructed for the Children Emergency ward, which was never in existence since the establishment of the hospital. The Akeredolu administration has also began the reconstruction of a 16-year old abandoned structure ...
30% Reduction In Tuition Fees: Relief For Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Students
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30% Reduction In Tuition Fees: Relief For Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Students

In what has been described as a proof to the Akeredolu led administration to listen and heed to the voice of the good people of Ondo state, and protecting the interest of students in the state, the management of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic Owo, Ondo State has announced a new approved tuition fee for the 2019/2020 academic session. The newly approved tuition fee sees a 30% reduction compared to the previous years. The 30% reduction of the tuition fee is coming as a result of the intervention of the state government in ensuring that qualitative education is made available and accessible to the good people of Ondo state. The institution established in the year 1979 has been thrown into public discourse in the past few months due to the state of the previous tuition fee structure, ...
FG Considers Ondo For Deep Seaport
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FG Considers Ondo For Deep Seaport

The Federal Government, through the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, and Ondo State Government are currently in talks towards the development of a deep sea port in the state. The parties have agreed to move forward with the execution of the multi-billion Naira project which is expected to open new opportunities in the economy of the state. However, the development is coming on the heels of the cancellation of the port master plan consultancy for the $2.6 billion Badagry deep seaport project, thereby making the delivery of the project uncertain. The port master plan contract according to the Managing Director of the NPA, Ms Hadiza Bala Usman said that was expected to guide the Federal Government in the development of new deep seaports in the country. Vanguard Maritime Report g...
Governor Akeredolu Sacks Three Commissioners In Ondo
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Governor Akeredolu Sacks Three Commissioners In Ondo

This was disclosed in a statement issued by Segun Ajiboye, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, on Monday. The affected individuals are Solagbade Amodeni, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development; Taofiq Abdusalam, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure; and Ismaila Olurimisi., Commissioner for Culture. Governor Akeredolu announced the dismissal of the three cabinet members at the end of the state Executive Council Meeting held at Government House, Akure, on Monday, the statement noted. The statement partly read: “As part of the efforts being made to reposition his cabinet for optimum performance, aimed at ensuring that the administration delivers on its mandate to the people, the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has rejigged his cabinet. Three co...
NDLEA Chairman Opposes Akeredolu On Marijuana, Denies Trip To Thailand
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NDLEA Chairman Opposes Akeredolu On Marijuana, Denies Trip To Thailand

NDLEA Chairman, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd), has opposed Governor Akeredolu on his stance on marijuana as he further denied the alleged reason they visited Thailand. Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd) who denied visiting Thailand with Governor Akeredolu to learn how to grow Marijuana for economic gain as being reported in some quarters, revealed that they recently destroyed 3,900 hectares of cannabis sativa in Ondo State. The NDLEA Chairman who opposed Governor Akeredolu over their alleged marijuana trip to Thailand, added that Nigeria’s staunch opposition to legalising cannabis as restated at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs’ round-table talks in March 2019 still stands. His statement read in parts; “My attention has been drawn to the misinformation that the Ondo State Governor and...
Akeredolu Returns From Thailand, Frowns At Illegal Cultivation Of Cannabis
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Akeredolu Returns From Thailand, Frowns At Illegal Cultivation Of Cannabis

The Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has shed more light on his trip to Thailand for Medicinal Cannabis Extract Development in Ondo State. Akeredolu who spoke with Government House Reporters at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, shortly after his arrival from Thailand, explained that the focus of his administration is on medical Cannabis cultivation in controlled areas under the full supervision of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). He refuted the rumour making the rounds that government was encouraging cannabis cultivation, noting that government was only looking at the possibility of having legally cultivated cannabis for Medicinal usage. He frowned at illegal cultivation of cannabis in the state. The governor observed that since ...
NANS Gives Akeredolu 24 Hours Ultimatum To Revise School Fees
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NANS Gives Akeredolu 24 Hours Ultimatum To Revise School Fees

The National Association of Nigeria Students (NNNS) on Tuesday gave Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, 24 hours ultimatum to revise the schools fee of four state higher institutions to the initial fees. The four higher institutions are Adekunle Ajasi University, Akungba (AAUA), Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa (OSUSTECH); Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo and Ondo State School of Nursing, Akure. Mr Danielson Akpan Bamidele, President of NNNS, made the calls while speaking with the newsmen in Akure. Bamidele, who said that NNNS had come to take its responsibilities and future in its hands, alleged that some state governments had introduced new policies to enhance education in their various states but Gov. Akeredolu was not doing same. According to ...
Ondo’ll Pay New Minimum Wage, Says Akeredolu
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Ondo’ll Pay New Minimum Wage, Says Akeredolu

Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Wednesday confirmed the readiness of his administration to pay the new minimum wage as approved by law. The governor said his administration will continue to keep its promise to the workers and people of the state by making their welfare directive principles of state policy. The governor, who spoke at the 2019 May Day celebration held at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Arcade, Igbatoro Road, Akure, the state capital, saluted the workers for their cooperation since the inception of his administration. The governor also appreciated the union for the understanding displayed at difficult moment while calling on the workers to rededicate themselves to the service of their fatherland. He said: "It is expected, therefore, th...
APC Denies Suspending Akeredolu
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APC Denies Suspending Akeredolu

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday denied reports that it has suspended Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu over alleged anti-party activities. There were reports that the governor has been suspended by the party after failing to respond to the query issues to him by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party. However, speaking with Sunday INDEPENDENT, Mallam Lanre Issa- Onilu, the party’s National Publicity Secretary said he was not aware that Akeredolu has been suspended as claimed. According to him, the last action he was aware of was the query issued to the governor by the NEC. “I have received a lot of calls but I have said I am not aware the governor has been suspended. The last action I am aware of was that the governor was issued a query...
APC Didn’t Query Or Suspend Me From Party – Akeredolu
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APC Didn’t Query Or Suspend Me From Party – Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state on Saturday said he had not been suspended by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Speaking with INDEPENDENT, he also insisted that he was neither issued a query as claimed by the party leadership nor has he received any letter to that effect. In March, the governor was issued a query by the party leadership for “glaring anti-party activities, which greatly affected the fortunes of our candidates in the recently-conducted presidential and national assembly elections in the state.” However, in a text message he personally sent to our correspondent on Saturday, the Governor said: “I have not received any letter be it query or suspension. Thanks”.
APC NWC Suspends Akeredolu For Anti-party Activities
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APC NWC Suspends Akeredolu For Anti-party Activities

The National Working Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress has suspended the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, for anti-party activities. The party’s NWC had on March 1 resolved to issue a query to the governor over what it described as glaring anti-party activities. In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Isa-Onilu, after a meeting presided over by the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, the party had said the governor’s anti-party activities “greatly affected the fortunes of its candidates in the recently conducted presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.” Isa-Onilu had, in a recent interview withThe PUNCH, confirmed that the query had been sent to Akeredolu based on the directive of the NWC. A member of the NWC, who spoke on the ...
No School Enrolment For Children Without Birth Certificate — Governor Akeredolu
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No School Enrolment For Children Without Birth Certificate — Governor Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who spoke during the stakeholders’ meeting on birth registration with the theme, “Accelerated Birth Registration,” initiated by his wife, stated that there no school enrolment for children without birth certificate. The Ondo State Governor who further disclosed that birth certificate would be a requirement for children under the age of five to access free medical treatment in the state, added that henceforth it would be one of the criteria for enrolment of pupils into primary schools in the state. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who stressed that there will no school enrolment for children without birth certificate during the meeting, stated that the decision became necessary as lack of a functioning birth registration system had made it impossible for both feder...
Akeredolu Mulls Defection To AA As APC Considers His Suspension
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Akeredolu Mulls Defection To AA As APC Considers His Suspension

There were hints on Monday that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State may soon find his way out of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over his spat with the party leadership. Sources in APC said the governor may pitch his tent with the Action Alliance (AA) where many of his loyalists who are disenchanted with the APC national leadership decamped to. The state chapter of the APC has been in crisis since the primary election that produced Akeredolu in September 2016. Some party groups in the state claimed that after his victory in the governorship elections, Akeredolu failed to unite members of the party. The crisis manifested in the presidential election where President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC candidate, lost to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democr...
APC Queries Akeredolu For Working Against Party In National Assembly Election
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APC Queries Akeredolu For Working Against Party In National Assembly Election

The NWC has also issued a query to the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu over his glaring anti-party activities, which greatly affected the fortunes of our candidates in the recently-conducted Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state. The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has queried Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State, over his “glaring anti-party activities, which greatly affected the fortunes of our candidates in the recently-conducted Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state”. The party took the decision on Friday at a meeting of its NWC, presided over by Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman, at the APC national secretariat. The ruling party stated this on Friday in a statement by Mallam Lan...
Ondo State Workers Threaten to Begin Strike on Tuesday Over Non Payment of Salaries
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Ondo State Workers Threaten to Begin Strike on Tuesday Over Non Payment of Salaries

Organised labour unions in Ondo State have threatened to commence strike on Tuesday, November 13,  if the government fails to pay the backlog of their salary arrears. In a letter to the governor dated November 9, 2018 and signed by state chairmen of the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and the Joint Negotiating Council, Tayo Ogunleye; Soladoye Ekundayo and Abel Oloniyo, respectively, the workers asked Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to pay the backlog from the N20bn Paris Club refund the state received from the Federal Government recently. The workers accused the governor of not consulting the labour unions on the release of the Paris Club refund to the state as both parties had earlier agreed.  According to the workers, industrial peace in the state might not be guarantee...
Ondo State Governor Declares Thursday A Work-Free To Enable Public Servants Get Their PVCs
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Ondo State Governor Declares Thursday A Work-Free To Enable Public Servants Get Their PVCs

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has declared Thursday, August 30, as work-free day to enable public servants participate in the continuous voter registration exercise in the state. Akeredolu, according to a statement today by Yemi Olowolabi, the State Commissioner for Information, in Akure, made the declaration following a resolution of the State Executive Council. The CVR, which was to have been suspended two weeks ago ahead of the 2019 general elections, was extended to enable more people register. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced that it would now be suspended on Friday, Aug. 31, until after the 2019 elections. Akeredolu called on the people of the state to take full advantage to the opportunity to register and obtain their Permanent Vo...