Akokos, YRF, others task Akeredolu on development of Ondo State
• Want Ekiti model to be used for herdsmen menace
Ondo State Governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu, (SAN) has been charged to address issues of security and measures that would promote empowerment and employment given the economic downturn in the country.
In particular, he has been asked to focus on the menace of cattle herdsmen, farming and tourism as a means of enhancing the economic wellbeing of the people.
While the Akoko people want him to revive farming as the mainstay of the people, the Yoruba Redemption Forum (YRF) and others demand attention on tourism and consolidation on Governor Olusegun Mimiko’s achievements.
Kwara State chapter of Akoko Progressives Union (APU) particularly decried the negative effects of cattle herdsmen on the fortunes of the farming noting that the people have been sacked from their farmlands.
Speaking at Ilorin, Kwara state capital, the Chairman of the union, Chief Steve Ajulo, series of complaints and petitions had been forwarded different agencies of the state government to no avail.
APU therefore urged Akeredolu to promptly intervene on the issue in the manner Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state dealt with the challenge, in order to save the Akokos from extinction.
They noted that though the Akokos initially gave their support to another candidate during the election, they have since pledged unalloyed support Akeredolu as the election was over.
Ajulo who contended that the people of Akoko arguably, were the most populous clan in the present day Ondo, pledged their loyalty to the Governor-elect but with a caveat that he would in turn boost the infrastructural needs of the people.
Also a former Commissioner for Information, Sport, Culture and Tourism in the State, Mrs. Tola Aworh, advised the incoming administration to explore potentials in the tourism sector as part of efforts to boost the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.
Aworh, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) explained that tourism assets abound in the state stressing that if properly harnessed and utilized by the government, it could bail out the state from its present predicament.
According to her, the potentials in the tourism sector of the State are huge enough to better the lives of the people.
“Investment and promotion of tourism assets and products should be the mission of the government to achieve its vision for the citizenry. If the tourism sector is properly utilised, it will fetch the state huge revenue.
“With aggressive publicity and promotion of tourism assets and potentials, the economy will find its rightful place due to several investment opportunities in the sector,” she said.
Similarly, the Yoruba Redemption Forum urged Akeredolu to consolidate on Mimiko’s administration achievements by designing a blue print that would build on past efforts.
National Cooordinator of the forum, Mr. Fadeyi Boluwaji explained that this has become necessary to avoid common pitfalls in many States, which often results in abandoned projects littered all over the place.
While they would want programmes like the Caring Heart project to be continued, it enjoined the incoming administration to stop those that have not impacted positively on the masses.
The governor-elect had last week constituted different think tank committees to prepare reports for him on activities of different ministries, departments and agencies (MDA) in the state with a view to knowing how to improve on them.