The governor-elect of Ondo state, Chief Roitimi Akeredolu, on Friday took the Oath of Office before Justice O. Sanda. His Deputy Mr Agboola Ajayi was also inaugurated.
Senate President Bukola Saraki and former Governor of Ogun, Aremo Olusegun Osoba and some serving governors attended the ceremony.
Akeredolu promised to make the collective interest of the state his paramount focus.
He said after he took the oath of office on Friday in Akure that he would not renege on his promise made during campaign to the people.
“We listened to our people in the course of our campaign to all nooks and crannies of the state. We heard them loud and clear through their votes.
“We witnessed firsthand the deplorable conditions under which they exist, and we are determined to make the difference with the specific mandate of redemption liberally handed over to us.
“Our platform for change is erected on strong pillars which consist of the core sectors of government activities that our blue print lays emphasis on,” Akeredolu said.
According to him, these core sectors are finance and management of state resources, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Commerce and industrial development, education and Technology, Land, Housing and Environment, among others.
The governor said that the main mission of his administration was to lead a patriotic, highly inspired and competent team “to rescue the ship of our state”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akeredolu of the APC defeated Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the Nov. 26, 2016 gubernatorial poll in Ondo State to become the governor of the state.
Akeredolu, who acknowledged the enormous challenges faced by the state, pointed out that the blue print of his administration was anchored on five cardinal programmes popularly known as “our platforms for change”. (NAN)