*Photo: Governor Aiyedatiwa (left) addressing Ondo State Muslim leaders who paid him a visit on Monday*
AIYEDATIWA HAILS MUSLIM LEADERS ON RELIGIOUS HARMONY IN ONDO STATE
– Gov promises fair distribution of opportunities
The Ondo state Governor, Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, has commended the Muslim community for embracing religious harmony that promotes peace in the State.
The Governor gave the commendation while receiving Muslim leaders, led by His Eminence, Sheik Ahmad Aladesawe, the Chairman of the League of Imams and Alfas in Ondo State at the Governor’s Office Office in Akure.
The Governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to inclusive governance and collaborative efforts with all religious communities for the continued progress and prosperity of Ondo State.
In response to the concerns raised by the Muslim community leaders during the visit, Governor Aiyedatiwa stated that his recent appointments were made based on political considerations rather than religious affiliations, stressing the unity of the people regardless of faith.
The Governor, however, assured that future appointments would take into account the diverse interests of the state’s population.
On education and religious freedom, the Governor affirmed support for both private and Islamic schools, noting the government’s previous efforts in supporting special Islamic education initiatives. He reassured the Muslim community of ongoing efforts to address teachers’ shortage and ensure recruitment of Islamic teachers.
Expressing condolences on the passing of former Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN), the delegation prayed for strength for the bereaved family and the State.
Highlighting the Muslim community’s support for Governor Aiyedatiwa’s leadership, Sheik Aladesawe stressed the importance of inclusivity in governance, while also commending some of the governor’s initiatives, including payment of outstanding workers salaries and pension.
The Muslim leaders presented recommendations to the governor, including the resuscitation of the Nigeria Inter Religious Council (NIREC) for better interaction between religious bodies and the government, fair distribution of social amenities, prompt payment of outstanding gratuities, and a declaration of a state of emergency in teachers recruitment.
Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan,
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State.
January 30, 2024.