Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State reiterated his administration’s determination to continue to demonstrate outstanding commitment to rural people to transform rural communities in the state.
Akeredolu who declared it at the 37th Annual General Meeting / Conference of the National Association of Social Workers (NASOW) which bestowed on him the title of “Lawyer of the Year” promised the state’s residents a favorable environment through the provision of basic comfort despite the difficult economic situation of the country.
The governor, represented by his special advisor on rural and community development, the Honorable Kolawole Babatunde, said his government has done everything possible to mitigate the adverse effects of the economy on lives by investing in its diversification and improving macroeconomics to keep the nation afloat. .
“Our government in Ondo State is aware of the state’s fundamental purpose of providing sustainable livelihoods to its citizens and we have been very deliberate in developing and designing impactful programs for our people since 2017.
“It is quite gratifying and heartwarming that your association (NASOW) has noted some of the things we have been able to do in this regard, and it will inspire us to do more. “
He revealed that his administration’s commitment to rural and social development was very clear from the start, saying this resulted in the creation of a full-fledged directorate for rural and community development in addition to the Ministry of Affairs. Women and Social Development.
The governor said that the impact of his government had been significant in the sectors of health, education and agriculture, saying that “our program and our development plans place particular importance on rural and social development. “.
He revealed that “over 1,200 teachers were recruited about six months ago and have been assigned to our rural schools on specific instruction to fill the acute shortage of teachers in rural schools.
“In the area of agricultural development and extension services, special attention has been paid to the needs of our rural communities. In the health sector, there are on average three basic health centers in each political constituency of the state and these facilitate access to quality health care for our population.
He said that more than 200 projects have been executed by the Community and Social Development Program (PSDC) during the lifetime of the current administration, while also expressing the willingness of the current administration to ensure that that the state be one of the 13 participating states in the rural area. Agricultural Access and Marketing Project Initiative (RAAMP).
The governor said that “the project aimed to transform our rural communities through the construction of 700 km of community roads that would facilitate accessibility to our farms and from farms to markets”.
He said, however, that his government was aware that there could not be meaningful development in an atmosphere devoid of peace and said that his government had given priority to the security of the lives and property of our people.
Akeredolu said, “In order to counter the disruptive effect of criminals on our agricultural and business activities in our communities, our government created the Amotekun Corps, the security network of Western Nigeria. I am happy to inform you that our Amotekun body has achieved outstanding results and the activities of these criminals have been nipped in the bud.
“In a similar vein, our government enacted the Anti-Open Grazing Law to prevent criminal shepherds from using their cattle to destroy our agricultural products.
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