Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has assured that the Strategic Development and Policy Implementation Committee (SDPIC)  report christened ‘Blueprint to Progress’, will transform all sectors in the state.

Governor Akeredolu made this known during the public presentation and unveiling of the document, held at the International Culture and Event Centre The Dome in Akure.

The Governor who described meaningful planning as secret of the success of any government, stated that his government decided to take off on a sound footing based on well mapped-out strategies.

He explained that proper planning dictated the pace at which his government moved at inception, not minding the palpable anxiety concerning the delay in the appointment of commissioners and advisers until recently.

“We recognize the significance of  planning for the realization of any aspiration towards real development and we are convinced that there can be no impactful strides taken by any government without adequate planning.

“An appreciation of the necessity for planning dictated the pace at which we proceeded from inception. It is our fervent hope that the wait will be justified by the quality of performance which all government functionaries will bring to bear on the challenges confronting the state.

“We hold dear the philosophy of making haste slowly. We believe it is more profitable for us to proceed assuredly than to embark on any unorganised pastime which accommodates tokenism and peripheral attention extended to systemic problems of existence in the State”, he said.

The Governor further explained that the knowledge of the real situation of things assists in planning, adding that it gives a clear vision of the itinerary of the Government and the best way possible to chart a realistic course of development.

“It is a veritable template through which the viability of programmes is measured. It is the check list, a scientific guide which approximates the visions of serious leaders and It is the surest way to address all socio-economic challenges”, the governor said.

He directed all state functionaries to adopt the Blueprint to Progress as a guide for governance and ensure strict compliance with regards to their respective portfolios and offices.

“Consequently, we direct all state functionaries to adopt this compendium of recommendations for the administration of all sectors as guide for governance”

“Commissioners, Heads of Agencies and Parastatals are further instructed to ensure strict compliance with the clear provisions of this document as regards their respective portfolios and agencies.”

The governor restated his adminstration’s desire to make the welfare of the people a strategic component of his adminitstration.

He used the occasion to thank members of the SDPIC for availing their wealth of experience, time and resources to design a roadmap for development for the state.

“We made a solemn pledge to our people that their welfare shall be the directive principle of the government. We have repeated this vow at every forum. We are determined to effect positive change in the life of our people.

”Posterity reserves an enviable mention for this imperishable intervention. These people will be remembered for their invaluable service to the people at this crucial period in the life of the country.

“It is our fervent hope that the wait will be justified by the quality of performance which all government functionaries will bring to bear on the challenges confronting the state”, The Governor said.

Earlier, Ondo State Deputy Governor and Chairman, Steering Committee of SDPIC, Hon Agboola Ajayi had lauded the State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN for his determination to transform the lives of the people of the  state, describing it as an abiding drive which preceded his electoral victory on November 16th 2016.

The Deputy Governor said the document contains the architecture of the Akeredolu administration’s Philosophy, Policy, and Programmes as well as the strategies of achieving them and also provides an indepth exposure to constraints currently encountered by the state as well as the potentials and possibilities available.

“We will all recall that driving the campaigns in which we toured all the 203 wards of the state, we were faced with one common challenge, the need for responsible leaders that would revert the unfortunate trend of poverty in the midst of numerous God-given material and human resources.

“This is further encouraged by the fact that, the then APC Candidate Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, had equally unveiled a 5 Cardinal campaign promise which was called Programmes of Change.

The programme, according to him, christened the JMPPR (Job creation through Agriculture, Entrepreneurship and Industrialization; Massive Infrastructure Development and Maintenance; Provision of Functional Education and Technological Growth; Provision of Accessible and Qualitative Health Care and Social Services Delivery; and Rural Development and Community Extension Services.

Adopting same as the reform agenda of Government after electoral victory, he said Arakunrin Akeredolu inaugurated the 251 excellent men and women with enviable records and outstanding experience in their choice fields into the Strategic Development and Policy Implementation Committee (SDPIC), saddled with the responsibility of fashioning out a detailed policy and Programme that would assist government in effective service delivery to the electorate.

He explained that the SDPIC was divided into 12 subcommittees to make the work more efficient in line with the reform agenda Governor Akeredolu’s administration adopted for governance.

“To this end, a 12 man Steering Committee of highly experienced and committed patriots, chaired by my humble self as Deputy Governor elect then, was charged with the responsibility of guiding and managing the process of initiating Government’s policies, plans and programmes”, he said.

Dignitaries at the event include the representative of the Acting Chief Judge of Ondo State; Members of the State Executive Council, Members of the Committee, Government functionaries, Private Sector operators, Traditional and Religious leaders, and some Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress.