By Our Correspondent, 3rd June, 2024

The Deputy Minority Leader of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon Raymond Daodu has empowered over 400 people of his constituent and appointed 11 political aides as part of the activities marking his one year in office.

Hon Raymond Daodu is representing the good people of Akoko South West Constituency I at the State Assembly.

Below was the address delivered:

Last Monday, 3rd June 2024, I marked one year in office as a representative of my people in the Ondo State House of Assembly. My utmost desire in politics is to ensure that dividends of democracy trickle down to the most vulnerable people in my Constituency and I thank God for helping me to redefine representation.

In giving back to my people and in appreciating them for their freely given mandate, over Four hundred (400) members of my Constituency got a cash of Twenty Thousand Naira (N20,000.00) each to support their small-scale businesses. This is necessary to support small-scale entrepreneurs, so they can remain in business in the face of adverse economic situations and unprecedented levels of inflation in the country.

To further enhance my engagement with the grassroots, I announced the appointment of eleven (11) Constituents as my political aides (Personal Assistants).
They are:
1. Amuwa Joseph Happy
2. Adefarati Sunday
3. Lawal Oluwadamilola
4. Obafemi William
5. Idowu Oluwafemi
6. Shittu Muhammed Taofik
7. Aminko Kehinde
8. Olotu Bayo
9. Ojo Oluwagbenga Emmanuel
10. Orole Babajide Femington
11. Aminu Blessing

My belief is that political offices should be used to serve people’s interests. Democracy is about the people, and we must strive to make it so. To the glory of God, I am determined to do more in this second year and with the newly appointed political aides, meticulously selected across the Eight (8) political wards in my Constituency, there will be enhanced engagement with the people.

I want to thank His Royal Majesty (HRM) Oba (Dr.) Yusuf Adebori Adeleye (OON), The Olubaka of Okaland, ably represented by High Chief Ofosola the Asemoloye of Iboje Oka, for his fatherly guidance and support. I appreciate High Chief Asemoloye for his unfliching support right from the beginning of this journey. I want to thank all the Oka Chiefs-in-Council for their prayers, support and presence.

“I also want to appreciate the Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olamide Oladiji, for sending a worthy representative, Hon. Kolawole Ologede, to grace the occasion. Special appreciation goes to my leader and brother, Hon. Oluwole Emmanuel Ogunmolasuyi (WEST), the Majority Leader of the Ondo State House of Assembly, for honouring me with his presence and support.

I thank my father Amb. Col. Roland Omowa (Rtd); and also Prof. Francis Ayodeji Gbore, the Vice Chancellor of Sam Maris University, for always showing up for me. Each time I think about you, I see more reasons why young intellectuals like you should be given more roles in our nation-building drive. May God continue to uphold and uplift you.

I cannot thank Dr. Bode Iwaloye enough for gracing the occasion. You are one of the pillars of our great party in Akoko South West LGA and in Ondo North Senatorial District. God will bless you with good health Sir. To our Local Government Party Chairman, Hon. Fatai Ajayi, all Elders and Leaders of our great party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and Community Leaders who left other important engagements to celebrate with me, may God continue to bless you with every good thing of life that you need.

I appreciate my fathers that were physically present: Col. Bade Omowa (Rtd), Alhaji Kunle Sanni, Hon. Gideon Omojola, to mention just a few. I cannot but appreciate the presence of the Iyalojas, Farmers’ Association, Artisans, PWDs, Pepper and Tomatoes Sellers Association in Akoko South West Constituency I, Oka Youth Forum, and the Federation of Oka Students’ Union (AAUA Chapter). I thank you all.

I am also using this opportunity to advise all who got the fund to use it judiciously.

Long live Akoko South West Constituency I
Long live Ondo State
Long live Nigeria.

Hon. Raymond O. Daodu (R.O.D),
Deputy Minority Leader, Ondo State House of Assembly, Akure.

5th June 2024.

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