The Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has stated that his administration was committed to programmes and policies that would secure the lives and future of children in the state.
Governor Akeredolu, in his 2023 Children’s Day message, said deliberate investment in education, health, and infrastructure would have fruitful effects on future generations.
The governor who stated that his administration was committed to massive investment in the children’s future, noted that his government had recorded huge investment in education, health, and infrastructure.
He said, “In our six years in the saddle, we have reconstructed and renovated over 800 public primary schools across the state. We understand the importance of building a formidable foundation for our children, especially at the basic education level.
“In view of this, we didn’t only reconstruct blocks of classroom; we also constructed perimeter fence for the security of our children. Our public schools are equipped with new ICT centre, playground equipment and modern toilets.
“We also employed qualified teachers through the state Universal Basic Education Board to bridge the long-time shortage of teachers in our schools.
“We put all these in place to create a conducive learning environment for our children and nurture their quest for a better education and good living. Our administration is determined to commit more resources to this vision.
“Our primary healthcare delivery service has since received a major boost. Only recently, the
Ondo State Primary Health Development Agency won the best leadership challenge award in the South West with a cash award of five hundred thousand US dollars ($500,000).
“The Primary Health Care (PHC) Leadership Challenge Fund is a flagship programme of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) to revamp the Primary Health Care Under One Roof (PHCUOR) policy in the country by maximising the commitment of state governors to promoting a progressive increase in PHC funding, and ensuring all primary healthcare centres have the requisite human resource capacity.
“The challenge is a joint project of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the Dangote Foundation and the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA).
Akeredolu noted that “Ondo State emerged first in the Southwest with a Cash Award of Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars ($500,000). This attested to our commitment in investing in the Primary Health Care service for our Pregnant women and Children.
“Aside, our administration has put in place the Abiyamo Maternal & Child Health Insurance Scheme (AMCHIS) as a State Equity Scheme for two sets of vulnerables – pregnant women and under-5 children. This program is fully funded by the state government.