As calls for the return of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to Ondo state continue, the Southwest Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kolade Lawal, has said Akeredolu will resume in no distant time.

Lawal, popularly known as Paff, while addressing newsmen in Akure, the Ondo state capital, on behalf of the Southwest Zonal Youth Wing of the party said, “I met with the governor recently and I assure you he will be with us in a few days.

“We acknowledge the genuine concerns expressed by the people of Ondo State regarding the whereabouts of our beloved Governor. Your inquiries and display of care underscore your unwavering support for the wellbeing of our “Peoples’ Governor”.

“In the story of creation, even God rested on the seventh day, recognizing the importance of rest and rejuvenation.  The decision of Governor Akeredolu to seek rest and adjust normal work schedule to allow him fully recover is a testament to his human nature, reminding us that even leaders are not exempted  from the trials of flesh and blood. We are optimistic that he will soon make a complete recovery and physically join us.

Lawal noted that “recent days have witnessed remarkable progress in various projects overseen by the administration, affirming unequivocally that governance in Ondo State is robust and resolute.

The Youth Leader listed “some of these noteworthy achievements” to include:

“Payment of Salaries and Leave Bonuses: Governor Akeredolu’s administration has continued to show its unwavering commitment to workers’ welfare. We are aware that salaries are being paid up to date. Just last week, the governor gave approval for the payment of leave bonus. The administration’s commitment to good governance and the welfare of its workforce is unparalleled.

“Palliatives for Vulnerables: As part of the efforts to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal, the Governor Akeredolu’s administration has also embarked on distribution of palliatives across the 18 local government areas of the state. This, to us underlines Mr. Governor’s steadfast dedication to those in need.

“Minister of Youth Nomination: Governor Akeredolu has always shown his administration’s readiness for youth inclusion in politics and governance. The successful nomination, screening, confirmation and subsequent inauguration of Hon. Ayo Olawande as the Minister of Youth for the Federal Republic of Nigeria underscores the administration’s commitment to youth empowerment and development. We thank Mr. Governor for pushing forward one of our own.

“Youth Employment: After he returned from Medical Vacation, Mr. Governor approved the recruitment of fresh graduate and young persons into the state internal revenue services. He has also recently approved the employment of 1,000 health workers, predominantly youths. This is a significant stride towards enhancing healthcare services in the state, generating employment opportunities, and supporting the youth.

“Infrastructural Development: Several ongoing major road construction projects and other initiatives throughout the state demonstrate the administration’s unwavering commitment to enhancing infrastructure and ensuring the welfare of the people. Presently, this administration is constructing the first flyover in Akure, the state capital. It’s a major stride.

Paff continued that “All (but not limited to) these accomplishments serve as a testament to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s persistent dedication to the welfare of the people of Ondo State. We continue to stand firmly behind him, eagerly awaiting his return to office.

He urged residents of the state to “not forget the days of Mr. Governor’s struggle for us. He stood firm and defended Ondo state and the Southwest as a whole when herdsmen went on a killing spree around here. He has been a strong pillar and voice of the voiceless. We owe him this understanding and trust. He’s been a leader for all seasons.

“We extend our heartfelt wishes for Governor Akeredolu’s swift and full recovery, and we urge the remarkable people of Ondo State to keep him in their thoughts and prayers”, the Youth Leader concluded.

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