…Calls for urgent focus on development of Ilaje land by government
The Ilaje Development Summit Group (IDSG) wishes to congratulate the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (Aketi) and his Deputy-elect, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, on their outstanding success at the October 10, 2020 governorship election in Ondo State.
This represents a clear statement of trust by the people of Ondo State and a reflection of the sound judgment in the selection of Lucky Aiyedatiwa (a distinguished Ilaje son) as running mate. From the results of the election, Ilaje Local Government produced the second highest number of votes after Owo (the Governor’s home LG) to procure victory for the Governor and his Deputy-elect. This is a strong indication of the unanimous support of Ilaje people for the in-coming administration, which will now have an Ilaje as Deputy Governor for the first time in the 44-year history of Ondo State.
As we look forward to the inauguration of this second term of the administration, we call for a genuine and urgent focus on Ilaje for sustainable development in neglected infrastructures and other key areas such as health, education, economy, electricity etc. in fulfilment of the election promises and in alignment with the aspiration of our people. With the longest coastline in Nigeria, Ilaje Local Government offers incredible opportunity for coastal economy and is poised to be the mainstay of Ondo State economy as well as a strategic boost to the larger Nigerian economy.
IDSG is a citizen-led initiative to engineer coordinated sustainable development of Ilaje land through participatory partnership, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement. We offer sustainable solutions to strategic governance problems. Though neither apolitical nor irreligious, IDSG is an inclusive organization with no exclusive political or religious affiliation. The organization is made up of the most accomplished Ilaje sons and daughters in Nigeria and in different countries around the world; and with strong roots in Ilaje communities. We parade some of the finest minds in Ilaje land.
Leading up to the October 10, 2020 governorship election, IDSG convened the first of its kind Ilaje Global Townhall in Igbokoda, where traditional and religious leaders, women and youths across all the kingdoms of Ilaje land spoke with one voice in forging support for the candidature of Governor Akeredolu and Deputy Governor-elect Aiyedatiwa. IDSG and Ilaje people are positioned to support this administration in its efforts to develop Ondo State with a strategic focus on Ilaje land.