I deem it necessary to draw our attention to the efforts of our legends in our dear state, Ondo State, in creating for us a conducive clime that provides a vista of opportunities to be our best.
The foundation they laid is rock solid that all we need doing is building on it.
It is pertinent to appreciate the efforts of our founding fathers both in the political and nonpolitical arena. Their efforts produced the state we are all proud of today.
A cursory look at our leaders’ achievements in the last 43 years of the existence of our state, it’s worthy of appreciating the Yeoman’s job that each and everyone of them did when they were on the stage.
Like an architect would sketch the structure, creating the staircase to take everyone aspiring to go to the next level, our great legend, Pa Michael Adekunle Ajasin prepared the directions we should go to make our state great and enviable.
He gave us education, built schools and proved that our state could be a hub of industries from financial to manufacturing.
Many industries were established and our farm produce explored and given added value by processing them.
From that time, subsequent administrations have been building on this with great efforts, determination and dedication.
Pa Ade Adefarati made great impact and we still appreciate his contributions to the development of our state till date.
Dr. Olusegun Agagu, the great scholar, also turned around the fortune our state and the impact he made remains fresh in our memories as we can still see them around us.
Dr. Olusegun Mimiko is another brilliant legend who manoeuvred the ship of our dear state to an enviable harbour.
His contributions to the state are numerous and highly impactful.
At the moment, a legal luminary, who has hit the pinnacle of his career, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, is putting his best, so that the good legacy that the state is known for can be sustained.
No doubt, all our legends, both the living and the dead, worked their hearts out to see our state taken to greater heights and rank among comity of developing states.
Now it’s time to choose another leader who will hold the rein of our dear state for another four years.
We need to know that if we get it right, we will be better off and if otherwise, we will have ourselves to blame.
The importance of the seat of the governor requires that we all come together and ensure we choose someone who will build on the foundation laid by our legends.
It is high time we rested sentiments and primordial arguments that have been undermining the development of our state.
Our political affiliations should be put into relief if we are really determined to move our state forward in terms of socio-economic development.
What should matter to us now is, who among us, irrespective of gender, has what it takes to turn our state to a smart community through Hi-Tech governance.
We should be mindful of our focus-turning our state to industrial hub-when we are taking decision on who should be the captain of our ship.
The political class should think outside the box on how we can get personality who can explore and exploit our blue economy maximally for the betterment of our state.
Our state should be wired in compliance with the world standard of doing business, investing more in human capita.
The political leadership should scout for and present to the people of the state cerebral individuals for them to elect as the governor of the state in 2024.
Let’s begin to pursue peace and unity among ourselves so that our state can progress astronomically in all sectors.
This is my modest proposal for our state.
Engr. Gboye Adegbenro, FNSE,
Former Commissioner For Works and currently, Managing Director, AGE INFRASTRUCTURES, Lagos.