*We will continue to facilitate development projects to our Kingdom – Iralepo
By BASHIR ADEFAKA
Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), on Friday, inaugurated the Aladodo-Isinkan Community Basic Health Centre and motorised borehole in Akure South Local Government Area of the state.
The DEFENDER reports that the project, facilitated by the Olu of Aladodo village in Isinkan Kingdom, Kabiyesi Ayodeji Fatoki, was assisted by the Ondo State Community and Social Development Agency.
Accessing healthcare has being a major challenge for the people of Aladodo for sometime but, with the Intervention of the Ondo State Government through the State Community and Social Development Agency, residents will now heave a sigh of relief as one of their major challenges has been addressed.
The major challenge, which is accessing quality healthcare delivery, was been addressed by the state government in collaboration with the community head.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Health, Professor Dayo Francis Faduyile, Governor Akeredolu said the gesture was part of his efforts geared towards addressing the health challenges confronting residents of Aladodo community.
While assuring of government’s continued support for the community, the governor re-emphasised that his administration was interested in the health of the people of the state with its introduction of health insurance projects and other initiatives to enhance healthcare delivery for them.
“Aladodo Isinkan is one of the many communities that have benefited from this health intervention. This is a testimony that we prioritise the health of our people.
“I commend the Iralepo of Isinkan, Oba Oluwagbemiga Olofin-Adimula and the Olu Aladodo Isinkan community, Kabiyesi Ayodeji Fatoki, for prioritising the interest of their people by demanding for the establishment of this health facility. Some other traditional rulers would have asked for what would benefit them personally,” Akeredolu said.
The governor enjoyed people of the community to own the projects and make judicious use of them.
Irelapo of Isinkan
The Iralepo of Isinkan, Oba Oluwagbemiga Ajimokunola Olofin-Adimula, appreciated the gesture of the state government, calling for the collaboration of residents for the progress of the community.
The king said people of Isinkan would continue to leverage on their contacts to attract development to the kingdom.
The elated Isinkan monarch, who laced his speech with thanksgiving songs, said the people of Aladodo would now enjoy quality healthcare delivery at their door steps.
“I want to sincerely thank the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu SAN, CON for this great intervention. This is a dream come through! We know the value.
“My subjects will no longer trek long distances in search of healthcare. This will also address the issues of quacks and self medication.”
Olu of Aladodo
The Olu of Aladodo, Kabiyesi Ayodeji Fatoki, noted that the health of the people is of paramount importance hence the need to provide them with adequate and quality Healthcare facility.
While thanking the Ondo State Community and Social Development Agency, for the establishment of the projects, Kabiyesi Fatoki expressed confidence that it would go a long way in addressing the health needs of residents.
He, however, called for more intervemtions in the areas of good road network and establishment of schools at Aladodo village.
“Like Oliver Twist, we ask for more interventions and investments. As we all know, roads open up more areas and stimulate economic and social development. For these reasons, road infrastructure is very important. We are aware that the federal government has begun the construction of a 2.2 kilometers Old Aponmu road from Iralepo market, off Ondo road
“While we pray that the federal government extends the road project to our community, we urge the state government who we know has done paper works on the construction of our road to speed up action and start construction work.
“Education is also an important tool for community development and holds the key to the future, we humbly request that primary and secondary schools should be established at our beautiful Aladodo for our teeming youths who are yarning for education.
“As it stands, our children trek to either Aponmu or Itaoniyan our neighbouring communities to study. We urgently need this intervention, we know Ondo State government will come to our aid,” Aladodo said.
The General Manager, Ondo State Community and Social Development Agency, Mr. Bosun Ogundipe, represented by the Operations Manager, Mr. Olumide Igbaroola, noted that the Agency has existed for about 14 years and has touched over 500 communities in terms of development, adding that others will equally be considered.
Residents were grateful that their challenges at accessing healthcare delivery in the community had been addressed.
Basic healthcare delivery is the bedrock of any functional healthcare delivery system in the country and this gesture will help enhance efficiency in the system at the grassroots.