The Ilaje Development Summit Group (IDSG) on Thursday urged Gov Rotimi Akeredolu to use his second tenure to focus on the development of Ilaje area in Ondo state.
IDSG made the call in a press statement signed by Rev Sola Adebawo, Executive Administrator of IDSG.
The group also congratulated Akeredolu and his Deputy-elect, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who hails from the Ilaje area on their success at the October 10, 2020 governorship election.
“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 local government 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.
“The neglected areas include health, education, economy, electricity etc. in fulfilment of the election promises and in alignment with the aspiration of our people,” the statement read in part.
IDSG noted that 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.
According to Adebawo, IDSG is a citizen-led initiative to engineer coordinated sustainable development of Ilaje land through participatory partnership, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement.
He said that the group is positioned to offer sustainable solutions to strategic governance problems.
He explained that though IDSJ is neither apolitical nor irreligious, IDSG is an inclusive organization with no exclusive political or religious affiliation.
He also said 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,” he said.
According the Adebawo, sequel to the October 10, 2020 governorship election, the Ilaje people resolved to unite for the development of the neglected area.
“IDSG convened the first of its kind Ilaje Global Town hall in Igbokoda.
“At the meeting, 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,” Adebawo stressed.