The capital city of Ondo State, Akure is already wearing an elegant look preparatory to the inauguration ceremony of the state Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko who will take the oath on the 24th of this month for a second term in office. Dr Mimiko was first sworn in as governor of the state on February 24, 2009 and got re-elected for a fresh term of four years on October 20, 2012.
Still basking in the euphoria of its being adjudged a well structured and environment friendly city, a development which earned its administration a United Nation’s Habitat award, the city of Akure is being made more beautiful even with other measures being put in place to ensure that it lives up to its reputation as a model city.
Giving an insight into the enormous preparations being put in place to ensure visitors to the city in the course of the inauguration ceremony get a good feel of what earned Dr Mimiko his widely celebrated UN award, which he won on the account of his Urban Renewal drive in the state and the capital city in particular, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Kayode Akinmade, during a tour of the city yesterday said sweepers, who had been ensuring that the city was always clean had widened their scope of operation to ensure that the entire city was cleaner, even beyond the inauguration ceremony.
Akinmade informed that the transportation ministry had also earmarked parking spaces and road diversion created to make for free flow of traffic on Oba Adesida road where the venue of the inauguration is located. Hinting that the state wants to use the opportunity of the ceremony to set a standard for such events in the country and beyond, Akinmade said the people of the state were also poised to make a statement with the event.
“You will agree with me that the victory culminating in the inauguration was a unique one and the people are poised to make a bold statement with this ceremony,” Akinmade informed. He revealed that artisans under various trade unions were identifying with the victory by having a special uniform for the ceremony.
The commissioner also informed that for the state to maintain its status as the safest in the country, its boarders to Edo, Osun and Ekiti states had been solidly secured. Over 10,000 guests are expected to grace the inauguration ceremony.