Ondo State Governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has described the outpour of love wrapped in prayers, kind words, cheering messages, affectionate support as well as countless displays of varied forms of brotherliness during his recovery process as heart-lifting.
This is as the governor on Saturday assented to the bill creating 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.
Akeredolu had travelled to Germany in June for medical treatment and returned to the country on Thursday.
Upon his return, he convened a meeting with key stakeholders from Ondo State in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, where he landed.
In a statement he personally signed on Saturday, he particularly thanked President Bola Tinubu, and other eminent individuals, groups, organisations, and political associates, for their support and love.
Akeredolu who described Tinubu as a reliable ally and a dependable leader, said: “I am deeply touched by the show of love and affection from eminent individuals, groups, organisations, political associates, and particularly, the good people of the Sunshine State.
“Your outpour of love wrapped in prayers, kind words, cheering messages, affectionate support as well as countless displays of varied forms of brotherliness during my recovery process were heart-lifting. The love and prayers were, indeed, potent enhancers which aided my recovery and deepened my abiding faith in God and service to humanity.
“Undoubtedly, gratitude is the greatest spark that lights a fire in the soul. I consider these gestures as uncommon privileges which underscores the importance of the gift of humanity. I appreciate the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his support and love. Mr. President, you are a reliable ally and a dependable leader. I am deeply grateful.
He equally appreciated the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio; and all members of the Senate as well as the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) led by its Chairman and Executive Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq; and the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) led by Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma.
“My sincere appreciation to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Abass Tajudeen; and all Members of the House of Representatives; Members of the Federal Executive Council; national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), led by the Chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje and other prominent leaders in the party,” among others, including the leadership of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), and the Ondo State House of Assembly.
Besides, Governor Akeredolu expressed his administration’s determination and resolve to improve the lives of the people of the state.
However, getting down to work on Saturday, the governor assented to the bill creating LCDAs in the state.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, explained that the bill was presented to the governor for assent by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Oladiji Olamide , during a brief ceremony.
With the governor’s assent, the bill now has the legal backing for the creation of the LCDAs in the state.
The governor noted that the establishment of the LCDAs marks a substantial step towards fulfilling his campaign promises and addressing the aspirations of the people for enhanced grassroots development.
THISDAY gathered that the governor signed bill into law despite protests from some communities, which described it as a political exercise aimed at ceding their ancestral lands to other communities.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has extended his heartfelt welcome to the governor on his return to Nigeria.
In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Alao Babatunde, and made available to journalists on Saturday, Tunji-Ojo stated that the return of the governor is not just a testament to his strength, resilience, and will, which the majority admire him for, but also a proof of God’s faithfulness.
“Your unwavering commitment to the well-being and progress of Ondo State has been an inspiration to us all, and we are pleased to see you back in good health.
“Your leadership and dedication to the people of Ondo State are invaluable, and we look forward to the continued development and prosperity of the state under your guidance.
“As you formally resume duties, I pray our state witnesses more development under your watch,” he added.