Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN has decried the spate of ritual killings in Ondo State and Nigeria as a whole, urging media organisations to begin a form of advocacy on the issue.
Akeredolu also said the state government has concluded plans to encourage more youths into Agriculture and discourage the scourge of ritual killings.
Akeredolu, stated this through his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Agric and Agricbusiness, Pastor Akin Olotu at his office on Thursday in Akure when the executives of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Ondo State Council, paid him a courtesy visit.
Akeredolu said he had met with the leadership of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) on the spate of ritual killings, urging media organisations to begin a form of advocacy on the issue in churches and media organisations.
“I have met with PFN leadership in the state, I want us to pay attention to ritual killings in the state. We may not know the gravity of what is going on now until the next five years”, he said.
He said his centre was doing its best, by advertising that young ones interested in fish farming to come register at his office, among other things.
On some achievements by the state government, Olotu said with the level of investment in the oil palm plantation in Okitipupa, which saw them host the first Annual General Meeting in 20 years, the state would soon become number one producer of palm oil in the country.
He said with the investment in oil palm production and other intervention areas of the governor, Ondo State would soon attain boost in its internally generated revenue in years to come.
Earlier, Akeredolu said the country’s Independence could not have been achieved if not the efforts put in by the media, especially journalists.
He noted that journalists are strategic partners to developing a nation, said the likes of Nnamdi Azikwe, Obafemi Awolowo,Lateef Jakande, were all prolific in the media space, and used it to the advantage of the country’s independence.
Nnamdi Aikiwe began his efforts as a journalist in the 1930s and was one of the central figure in Nigeria’s efforts to obtain independence, while Chief Obafemi Awolowo was also a stateman who also played a key role in the independence project.
He said that any government that did not have a good media relationship would not be loved by the public.
Akeredolu, who commended all journalists in Ondo State for how they do disseminate information said, “it is good to appreciate others, when I heard about election of NUJ that they have had another set of executive and I say that we must appreciate this people.
”You journalists deserves appreciation for the job you’re doing”, he said.
“Any government with good media relationship you will discover that the people of the citizens will have love for that administration”, he said.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the state NUJ Council, Prince Leke Adegbite, appreciated the Olotu for his efforts to revamping the Agricbusiness sector of the economy.
Adegbite said he was happy that Olotu appreciated the efforts of journalists in bringing peace and unity to the state and country at large.
He assured that the union was moving towards curbing issues of fake news and fake journalists in the state and country at large.