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Akeredolu brought enviable degree of leadership skills into governance —Retired Perm. Sec. Association


The Executive and the entire members of the Association of Retired Top Civil Servants in Ondo State, comprising retired Heads of Service, Permanent Secretaries, Auditors/Accountants/ Statistician General and Tutors General, hereby express our condolences on the painful exit of our late Governor, ARAKUNRIN OLUWAROTIMI ODUNAYO AKEREDOLU, SAN, CON, on Wednesday, 27th December, 2023
His emergence as the Governor of Ondo State in February, 2017, for the first term of four years, took Ondo State to a remarkable level of human, physical and economic development.

He brought into governance, an enviable degree of leadership skills garnished with integrity, accountability, transparency and reliability. He left no one in doubt that he was in office to improve the socio-economic status of the State.

His unparalleled attitude of fulfilling his promises, either written or pronounced, earned him the appellation of “MR. TALK-AND-DO” Akeredolu, lovingly referred to as “AKETI” by his admirers recorded
unprecedented achievements in very critical areas of the life of Ondo State and her people:

The numbers and quality of the roads constructed across the state under Aketi are visible contributors to the socio-economic development of the state.

The revenue base of Ondo State has been strengthened and expanded through the visionary leadership skills of the late Governor. The State now ranks among the top ten performing States in internal revenue generation in the Country.

Equally, human capital development in Ondo State has been given a place of priority, culminating in the regular promotion of deserving officers, appointment of Permanent Secretaries, the placement of officers in positions on merit and the emplacement of programs and services to enhance the welfare of government workers in the state.

Much more commendable is the courageous establishment of the
Amotekun Corps, by Akeredolu, to boost the Security architecture of, not only the State, but the South West, at a time every part of the country appeared to have resigned to fate on the insecurity of lives and property across the Nation. His courage and strength of character provided the needed direction and a turning point at that critical stage in Ondo State and Nigeria.

The above mentioned areas are a few amongst others, in which his
administration have positively impacted the lives of people of the state. This is one reason while his exit remains painful to the people of the state.

Our Association cannot easily quantify the pain and feeling of loss associated with the death of the late Governor. It is however beyond the power of our Association to reverse this monumental loss, hence our commiseration with the Government and people of Ondo State, the immediate and entire Akeredolu family, associates, colleagues, friends, acquaintances and especially the chief mourner, His Excellency Lucky Orimisan Ayedatiwa – the Governor of Ondo State.

It is our prayer that God will grant his soul eternal rest and all those he left behind the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Prince Fioye Bajowa

I. I. Orimoloye

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