Akeredolu’s Sustainable Leadership By Alozie Genevieve

Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, through his numerous achievements stands out among other governors in terms of sustaining projects negotiated by his predecessors.

To Nigeria governors building on existing good project necessitated by the previous governance is a taboo. Some of them spend maximum number of their years fighting the past government rather than focusing on building the state which they were elected for. Most times these leaders go as far as demolishing an existing structure, all to erase the achievement of their predecessor, not minding how it will affect the poor masses. At the same time, they end up wasting resources, which could have been channeled to other non-existed needed projects.

But when it comes to governor Akeredolu, the narrative changed. As a governor, he has his own proposed agenda for governance, but at the same time, he sees the need preserve, build and improve on the projects, policies and programmes erected by his predecessor rather than abandoning and neglecting the needs of the Ondo Citizenry as some other leaderships do. Instead, he invested in those projects to ensure good service delivery in Ondo State.

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As such, in January 2012, when the federal government announced the removal of fuel subsidy, cost of transportation became an issue as parents spend close to 5 Million annually on transportation. The then Ondo state government deemed it necessary to introduce free school shuttle first of its kind with ten (10) Buses to convey school pupil to and from school to alleviate transportation burden borne by parents. As at today, this administration keyed into this initiative having seen its benefits. The scheme now runs seamlessly in fourteen (14) stations with Ninety (90)Buses being maintained by this government across the State.However, one cannot sweep the name of Akeredolu under the carpet when it comes to road infrastructural development.

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Out of the numerous road construction under the present Ondo state governor, one will not deny the fact that few were actually started by the previous government and was completed by Governor Oluawrotimi Akeredolu. These roads includes; Akure-Oba Ile road which was left uncompleted but Akeredolu assumed office not only that he completed the road but he ensured that streetlight were installed on the road. Also, Owo-Emure road used to be a one lane road but this administration came, expanded and dualized it.

It is worthy to note that when it comes to health, this administration derives its core value on the Aphorism “Health is Wealth”. As such has not relent in providing essential health services delivery. Over the years, some of the existing healthcare centre suffered dilapidation and as well lacked qualified Medical Personnel. But this administration came onboard and the followings had been attained; Upgrading of the State Specialist Hospital, Akure to Teaching Hospital, Upgrading of Arakale Comprehensive Health Centre and Mother and Child Hospital to General Hospital Akure, Procurement of Laboratory Equipment and Drugs and Recruitment of 229 medical Personnel to various Health Institutions across the State an so many other activities going on in health sector.

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Governor Akeredolu, has proven himself a leader worthy of emulation. Other governors should learn from him rather than spewing hatred on their predecessor and letting the poor masses suffer.

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