Ondo Govt Shuts Ikare Central Mosque

By Friday Omosola

The Ondo State Government has ordered the immediate closure of Ikare-Akoko Central Mosque to forestall the breakdown of law and order.

The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, who disclosed this after the state executive council meeting held in Akure, said there are disturbances around the Central Mosque.

The Commissioner said during the shutdown, there would be no prayer offered in the mosque until there is a resolution to the issue.

She said the government would be inviting the parties involved in the dispute as well as the league of Imams to resolve the issue at stake.

However, the Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Pastor Emmanuel Igbasan, said the council further approved the Medium Term Expenditure Framework for Ondo State, from 2022 to 2025, to be transmitted to the Ondo State House of Assembly for legislative approvals and appropriation.

“It is important to note, the people are the fulcrum of every action of the Government even from 2017 till date. Till date, we have prioritized human capital development, infrastructure, education and health. We expect our people to derive maximum benefit from the public expenditure going forward,” he said.

Igbasan noted that despite the ravaging flooding situation across the country, the state didn’t experience regular flooding due to the proactiveness of the Governor.

“With the proactiveness of Mr Governor, in the procurement of three Swamp Buggies, we all know the consequences of the flood that is ravaging in most parts of the country despite the advance information by NEMA.

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“However, many states were caught unaware but we note with the sense of responsibility that the Ondo State Government is so proactive in purchasing those three Swamp Buggies. Even before now, most of our riverbeds and even channels have been deleted and we have free flow of water. Hence, out of the 600 recorded losses of life, Ondo State did not record any loss.

Also speaking, the Commissioner For local government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Akinwumi Sowore, said the council deliberated on the various agitations on cases of upgrading and recognition of chieftaincy titles.

“The council has reaffirmed its commitment to the upgrading of the Chieftaincy, and it has been decided that it will be a continuous exercise. All agitations written to us will be taken care of in due course.

“The council will set up another commission to take care of all these. To this end, errors in the white paper have been corrected, especially in the case of Odogbo of Omi Kingdom. The council has approved that he remains in grade A.”

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