Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Ondo state governor speech on ondo state dept

ONDO GOVERNOR, ROTIMI AKEREDOLU
DELIVERS A  SPEECH AT
INAUGURATION OF HIS COMMISSIONERS
ADVISERS.
  BEING AN ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE
GOVERNOR OF ONDO STATE, ARAKUNRIN
OLUWAROTIMI ODUNAYO AKEREDOLU, SAN, AT
THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONY OF
COMMISSIONERS/SPECIAL ADVISERS HELD ON
WEDNESDAY, 30TH AUGUST, 2017, AT THE
INTERNATIONAL CULTURE AND EVENTS
CENTRE, (THE DOME), IGBATORO ROAD,
AKURE.
PROTOCOL
Today’s ceremony marks yet another milestone
in the history of political representation in our
State. With these eminent men and women
chosen to serve the State at this level, I
fervently hope that the state service delivery
system will be reinvigorated upon these
appointments. I habour no reservations
concerning the capability of the appointees to
discharge the mandates entrusted to them.
Extremely conscious of the palpable excitement,
dictated by this special occasion, I join members
of their families, friends and all well-wishers to
congratulate the new Commissioners and Special
Advisers who have just taken up new
responsibilities in this Administration. These
appointments suggest recognition of worth by
necessary deductions. This very reason also
impels great expectations by our people,
justifiably. It is, therefore, needless to remind
these gentlemen and ladies of the arduous task
ahead.
This is Ondo State, the land of the brave and
virtuous. This is a geographical space richly
endowed by nature. This is our collective haven;
an impregnable fortress for the protection of the
weak and the underdog, a place where everyone
is held and treated as important. We are proud
inheritors of this enviable heritage from our
forebears. We are bold, yet not foolhardy,
resourceful, pragmatic and hospitable, but far
from being stupid. We show understanding,
readily, but resist all attempts by the impetuous
and naïve, who mistake the craving for
collaboration for the much needed progress as
weakness. We must remain consistent and
resilient in the defence of this collective
heritage.
I should, therefore, hasten to admonish that
there is indeed little or no time for endless
celebrations. These appointments must be seen
as a call to service at this critical juncture in the
life of our dear state. As our Administration
renews its pledge to the people to be
accountable at all times, there is the urgent
need for rededication by all those who serve the
public. We must encourage broad and massive
participation of our people in the business of
government.
Government and governance should not be
stultifying abstractions, distant and disconnected
from the service to which these modern
concepts evolved to proffer. Those who lay
claims to legitimacy of representation, as
deriving from the people, must always keep their
focus on this time-tested objective. Governance
should not be reduced to a circus show;
specious, ostentatious and profligate exhibition of
inanities. Any decision or action of acclaimed
representatives of the people must be an answer
to identifiable socio-economic challenge. Elected
and appointed public officials must subject their
individual preferences to the collective will.
Performance must be measured in terms of its
positive impact on the people.

If development is about the people, all decisions
and actions must be for the realisation of this
lofty objective. Any opportunity offered for
service must be understood in this context.
Nobody must consider his/her choice, out of
numerous other equally eminent candidates, as
an invitation to primitive self-aggrandisement.
This Administration will NOT permit it. Any
conduct which seeks to perpetuate the misery of
the people will be discouraged actively.
No appointment is “juicy”. Every ministry, agency
and established public office is important. This
Administration shall extend equal attention to all
offices. It would be a mistake, with grave
consequences, for anyone to act in a manner
which negates decency and decorum. There will
be zero tolerance for all acts considered
unbecoming of patriotic indigenes of this State.
We will simply NOT allow them.
As the ship of this Administration finally gathers
steam to set sail, it is pertinent to acquaint the
good people of this State with the true financial
situation. We believe it is important that our
people should possess this information. This
must not be construed as politics and we plead
with our media practitioners to subject this
information to the crucible of serious scrutiny
and analysis. The knowledge of true financial
status of the State Government will guide and
moderate the craving desires of all and sundry.
Expectations of performance from the
government must be anchored on reality.
Government officials must bear this fact in mind,
always. It will be easy for the people to show
understanding when they know the truth.
The economic condition of this State is
precarious, depressingly so. We expend virtually
all allocations and the insignificant revenue
generated internally on recurrent expenditure.
The internally generated revenue is very low. The
huge debts owed by the State have been
worsened by infrastructural deficit on ground. Yet
we strive to discharge our obligations to
creditors whose exactions on our very poor
revenue militate, significantly, against planning.
The government is looked upon as the major
provider of succour to the people. Times are
indeed very hard. Job creation is a cardinal
policy of the Administration. We are not
unmindful of the cynicism of our political
opponents who believe that engaging our youths
productively is a tall order. We are, however,
convinced of not only the possibility of making
this objective a reality, but our activities will
erase the doubts as we progress. All hands must
be on deck.

THE FINANCIAL STATUS AT INCEPTION
This Administration at inception met a staggering
debt totaling N220,588,125,731.00 (Two hundred
and twenty billion, five hundred and eighty-eight
million, one hundred and twenty-five thousand,
seven hundred and thirty-one naira).
The breakdown of this highly disturbing debt
profile is as follows:
Internal Debt: N53,159,719,891.01
External Debt: N17,485,393,971.50
Unpaid Salaries and Allowances, Aug to Dec,
2016: N17,279,115,588.10
Unpaid Salaries and Allowances, Jan to Feb,
2017: N6,911,663,629.24
Ondo State Pension Liabilities: N4,800,965,850.00
Ondo State Gratuity: N15,043,537, 042.74
Unpaid Local Government Salaries and
Allowances Aug to Dec: 2016 N9,320,568,782.41
Unpaid Local Government Salaries and
Allowances (Jan. to Feb., 2017): N5,192,437,503.
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Local Government Pension Liabilities:
N25,237,348,457.26
Local Government Gratuities Liability:
N20,965,598,590.61
Contractors’ Liabilities: N39,740,423,934.76
Outstanding payment requests in the Office of
the Accountant-General without cashbacking:
N5,451,352,494.25
Total: N220,588,125,731.00
The breakdown of the Liquid Assets is as
follows:
All Banks Balances: N7,236,594,630.36
Fixed Deposit/Call Deposit: N837,000,000.00
Balance in Bond Proceeds: N254,000,000.00
Fixed Deposit (OSOPADEC): N1,449,000,000.00
Portfolio Management Account: N180,000,000.00
Grand Total: N9,956,594,630.36
With a total inherited debt of over N220 billion, it
should not be difficult for anyone to know that
the government’s capacity for seeming elastic
adjustment to cater for the people has been
stretched to its limit. There is no gain asserting
the obvious; our Administration is not in any
position for frivolities. All of us must gird our
loins for the great task ahead. The picture is not
good. Therefore, all acts with the potential of
pushing us deeper into economic crisis must be
jettisoned. We earnestly promise to provide the
needed leadership.
The Revenue and Expenditure profiles of the
State from February-July, 2017 are as follows:
Revenue:
i. Gross Statutory Allocation: N11,633,201,277.00
ii. 13 percent minimal derivation:
N103,274,011.82
iii. Exchange gain difference: N3,053,551,514.12
iv. Excess Crude: N2,119,281,611.13
v. Paris Club Refund: N9,100,753,451.27
vi. Internally Generated Revenue (IGR):
N4,030,744,916.83
vii. Budget Support: N5,400,000.00
viii. VAT: N4,948,506,727.30
ix. Deductions by AGF: N158,757,495.48
T O T A L = N47,548,077,005.78
Expenditure
Salary of Civil Servants and Teachers (Feb.–Jul.,
2017): N23,800,911,706.46
Subvention to Parastatals: N3,721,311,300.00
Gratuity, Public Debt Charges and 10% Grant to
LGs: N6,521,343,387.70
Capital Expenditure: N4,296,447,137.87
Running Grants to MDAs: N1,069,544,486.00
Other Government Expenditure: such as payment
for WAEC Fees, Assistance to Security Agencies,
Boundary issues, Publicity and Special Days
Celebrations, Trainings, Free School Shuttle
Programme, Feeding of Special Schools and
many others too numerous to list here:
N3,694,310,315.65
Ad-hoc Staff of Hospitals’ Management Board
(HMB): N230,250,427.91
Judiciary: N840,737,959.61
Grants to OSOPADEC: N2,337,027,015.25
T O T A L = N46,515,883,736.50
The balance of N1,032,193,269,279.99 is the
unexpended Paris Club Refund reserved for
capital projects from the last release.
THE JOURNEY SO FAR
Despite the challenges encountered by our
Administration since assumption of office, we
have approached governance with resilient
determination. Paucity of funds has been a major
encumbrance as explained earlier. To put out
this quagmire, we have already commenced the
process of re-engineering our Internally
Generated Revenue (IGR) efforts which will soon
begin to yield the desired results. The
Administration has, however, been able to
embark on projects which impact positively on
the lives and general well-being of our people.
We are beginning to register our presence in the
consciousness of the people through our
activities in virtually all sectors.
INFRASTRUCTURE
Imbued with the unshaken belief that an
environment with a developed infrastructure is
that which is ready for progress, we have been
able to intervene to bridge the very wide gap in
infrastructural deficit. Our Administration has
constructed the following roads:
Abusoro-Ijoka Road, 1.2km
Iwalewa Road, Akure, 1.5km
Bajare/Okemayo Road & St. Joseph Road, Idanre,
3.0km
Jubilee-Ugbe Road, Ikare, 2.1km
3 no Big Box Culverts at Oyinmo, Ishakunmi &
Megida Rental
Road, Ikare-Akoko.
Oke Alafia Road, Supare - 1.5km
Ogbonomo Street, Igbadara Street, Ajegunle
Street & Howlet
Road, Ifon, 2.3km.
Sabomi Road, Ese-Odo, 2.5km
Police Station Road, Ore, 2.0km
10. Road Network in Ondo State University of
Science and
Technology (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa
11. Gulf C Road, Ilara
12. Completion of multi-storey Engineering
Building at the
Ministry of Works yard, Akure.
It is also gratifying to inform the distinguished
citizens of Ondo State that our Administration
has re-energised and paid money to some
contractors engaged by the last Administration
to make them mobilize back to site and continue
work on the following roads:
the notorious Oke Alabojuto in Ikare-Akoko which
has now been significantly reduced;
three Ondo township roads projects classified as
Group II, Phases I and II;
Ikare-Ikaram-Ajowa Road;
a contractor has been directed to move to site at
that deadly Iwaro Oka Hill because of the
avoidable accidents that occur too frequently on
that axis.
A section of Ondo – Ore Road that had failed
completely at Asewele has equally been fixed by
our new Administration. In a like manner, a
section on Ore – Okitipupa Road that has equally
collapsed is currently being worked on by the
Direct Labour Unit of the Ministry of Works. The
Street Light Project in Owo that had been
abandoned by the contractor has been
resuscitated by the new government by paying
the contractor and the project has come
upstream again. It is also necessary for us to
make some clarifications regarding Akure Street
Lights which service has become comatose. This
is what we inherited. The generators providing
the street lights have been breaking down too
frequently due to old age. Our Government has
already taken a bold step to replace the
generators with new ones. Let me assure the
people that the street light will become
functional in a couple of weeks from now.
Renovation of our schools will equally commence
before long as contracts for the renovation of
some of them have been awarded under the
multilateral scheme with our government paying
N500m counterpart fund and the Federal
Government paying its matching grants.
Agriculture promises to be a major booster to
economic recovery in the State. This sector has
witnessed unpardonable neglect in the years
past. Any economic planning which does not
take into account the very important role of
agriculture is unrealistic. Beyond the usual
cosmetic approach to the sector, our
Administration has taken steps to encourage
farmers. The youths are also being invited to
shun white collar jobs and the unrealistic
expectation of having the government provide
employment even in over-saturated sectors. The
embrace of farming is the way out of
despondency.
Consequently, this Administration has disburs

cooperative societies in the state under the
FADAMA Scheme. The programme had been
abandoned completely by the time we came on
board. As a way of re-directing our system of
agriculture, Mechanisation Centres have almost
been completed in Owo and Akure while that of
Ore will commence shortly. In addition, we have
procured 1000 metric tons of fertilizer for the
enhancement of farming. We are collating the
data of farmers and youths in the state. We want
to mobilise 35,000 farmers for the Anchor
Borrowers Scheme. We have given approval for
the registration of Ondo State Farmers Micro
Finance Bank and have established a Poverty
Alleviation Scheme in the State. We anticipate
direct empowerment of 300 youths under the
FADAMA GUYS programme, among others.
Our intention is to turn our dear State into a hub
of socio-economic activities. We are determined
to stimulate the economic space for the benefit
of our people. The commencement of regular
flights from Akure to Lagos, and continuation of
Akure to Abuja has been a tremendous boost to
the State. Businessmen and women, traders and
all those who take investment seriously are
trooping into our State with ease. Ondo State is
indeed a veritable destination for investors. Air
Peace Airline is making this possible. The
transparent conduct of this Administration and its
insistence on discharging its mandate sincerely
and courageously make good things happen.
May I seize this opportunity to address the
citizens of this state on the position of Ondo
State Radiovision Corporation (OSRC).
Government notes with concern the yearnings of
our people to be kept abreast of its activities
and strides through the state owned electronic
media. Regretfully, the reality was that both the
OSRC TV and Radio that were inherited by our
administration were very weak and incapacitated
by ineffective and comatose equipment. They
are also bedeviled by dilapidated physical
infrastructure as well as unmotivated staff
whose competence and professional capability
had become considerably weakened.
As a lasting solution, Government constituted a
management committee consisting of
experienced and tested media managers, to
reorganize and reposition the organisations for
optimum performance. It is my pleasure,
therefore, to inform you that arrangements are in
final stage to procure first class and ultra
modern digital equipment and other accessories
for the television arm to come back to life. To
underscore government’s drive to bring the
reforms to fruition, we are satisfied with the
current performance of Orange 94.5 FM which
now transmits rich, balanced and engaging news,
entertainment and programmes content for 18
hours daily as against its previous six hours
operations. Our ultimate target is a round the
clock broadcast from the outfit.
We promised to make life more abundant for our
people. We will continue to strive to keep that
vow within the available resources. We can turn
things around positively. We only need men and
women imbued with the necessary patriotic zeal
and determination to do things differently. I
enjoin us to make our appointments impactful on
the generality of the people in the State. We
must approach issues touching on their lives with
seriousness.
Once again, I congratulate you on this unique
opportunity to make the difference in the lives of
our people. I admonish members of families and
friends of political appointees to desist from
mounting undue pressure on them. They have
been called upon to work for the collective glory
of the State. This, to me, is a sacred social
contract between them and posterity. They must
be assisted to fulfill their destinies. Our people
must be made to own the process of
governance. If development is about the people,
we should be able to assess the quality of our
intervention in their lives.
May the Almighty guide and guard you in this
onerous task of qualitative service delivery to our
people.
Thank you and God bless you.
Long live Ondo State of Nigeria!
Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
I thank you for your patience.