Over some decades, Ondo state has witnessed successive leadership since its creation, ranging from military to civilian governments. These various types of government has at some point in time effected great developments or slowed down the development of the state.
For the past two and half years, Ondo state has witnessed a range of massive developments emanating from one man’s vision of change through (JMPPR) which are;
J- Job creation through Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and Industrialization
M- Massive Infrastructural development and maintenance
P- Provision of functional Education and Technological growth
P- Provision of Accessible and Qualitative Health care and social service delivery.
R- Rural Development and Community Extension service.
These agenda has transformed from what seems to just be a vision to realities before our very own eyes. The leader who has made these happen has not demanded any undue praise of any sort either by defacing the State with pictures or what have you but he derives joy just from the numbers of lives his administration has touched.
Just as Lao Tzu rightly opined “A leader is best known when people barely know he exists. When his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they say: we did it ourselves.”
This is the personality of the present Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN who has caused great development in Ondo state for the past two and half years in office.
Akeredolu believes so much on the masses’ opinions and choices. This was seen in one of his lectures in December 2009, where he exhibited the trait of equity and fair judgment when he agitated that no amount of electoral reform or judicial system could give Nigeria free and fair elections if Nigerian themselves refused to take practical steps to ensure that their votes count.
Akeredolu has proven to be the man of the people. His quest for development did not start from his present position as a governor but has been there right from when he was elected the chairman of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA). Due to his goodwill and immense contribution to the development of the association, in 2012, the new NBA secretariat in Abuja was named after him.
Governor Akeredolu is not a man who is intoxicated with power. Even with his power as the number one citizen of Ondo State, he still have value and respect for culture.
This was displayed during the installation of Olowo of Owo Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, who worked under him as a civil servant at the state level. The governor prostrated before the new royal majesty as a sign of respect and humility for the Yoruba culture.
Akeredolu also showed his humility when the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka visited Ondo state for the 2019 Fagunwa Study Group International Conference. He personally drove Prof Soyinka round Akure to show him some of the major projects completed by his administration.
The task of every leader is to get their people from where they are to where they have not been. Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN so far has proven to be that dutiful leader who has the interest of the state and the masses at heart with the massive development he has brought in Ondo state.