It is two years down the lane that a young, vibrant, Humanitarian and an energetic Human Capital Developer came on board to challenge the status quo in a rigorous electoral process through which he was popularly elected by the people of Ondo kingdom to represent them at the Green Chamber of the National Assembly.

Just like yesterday, his wife, Dr. Rhoda Makinde, an Ambassador of the African Union Agenda 2063, who is also the Executive Director and Founder of Dromi Women Empowerment Initiative, led the social campaign by consistently engaging market women and young female youths to register her husband in the political consciousness and orientation of the people with the mantra (HAM, It Is Your Time)

The time of HAM as posited by Dr Rhoda arrived indeed; and with the consistent and effective collaborations with DROMI, the season of HAM came with a breath of fresh air to the people of Ondo East/ Ondo West Federal Constituency as the people’s social contract with HAM is currently in fulfilment.

Today, Honourable Abiola Makinde has changed the narrative of representation by ‘opening the eyes’ of Ondo people to the true capacity of the office of the Member of House of Representatives. Like the biblical fig tree planted by the river side, Honourable Makinde’s all inclusive agenda for representation tagged WEALTH which encompass Water, Education, Agriculture, Light, & Health became a blueprint which sets a trajectory for human capital and community development embraced by the people like the biblical fig tree planted by the river side which bares good fruits for the masses. The WEALTH agenda include:

Provision of portable WATER in some neglected rural communities such as Otansan, Igbo Oja, Ilutuntun, in Ondo East Local Government Area, and Bagbe, Erinla, Tokunbo, Litaye, Losan, Laje, Igbado and Igushin in Ondo West Local Government Area.

Educational Empowerment Programs has been offered to indigenous secondary school students, primary school pupils, university undergraduates and scholarships for post graduate studies in various universities abroad.

So far, Free Holiday Coaching for secondary school students in both Ondo East and Ondo West Local Government Areas. Renovation of block of classrooms at Local Authority Primary School, Oke Lomileju, Ondo East LGA. Construction of block of Classrooms at Losan Community, Skill Acquisition Training Center at Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, ongoing Health Centre facility at the University of Medical Sciences, Bolorunduro Campus, and the recently completed blocks of classrooms at Ajagbale Community in Ondo.

Farmers in the rural areas now practice mechanised farming as they now have unlimited access to heavy-duty farm equipments such as tractors, riggers, and plowers to make farming easier for them. Also, he has distributed thousands of equipments such as wheelbarrows, pesticides, spraying pumps, rain coats, jungle boots, hoes, and cutlasses to local famers.  Grants is also currently being offered to youths who are entrepreneurs in agriculture.

Within the period of his election, Honourable Makinde has attracted, monitored and executed the Federal Government’s sponsored Integrated Solar Power projects to various communities in Ondo East and Ondo West Local Government Areas. He has also assisted in the procurement of power transformers for stable power supply in various quarters in the constituency.

Free Acquisition Training on 21st century compliant skills has also been organised and also ongoing across board for the esteem youths of the constituency which I’m a proud beneficiary of one of the free skill acquisition training program in the Installation of 3D Epoxy on Floor and on the Wall. Today, I am a certified 3D Epoxy installation expert.

Free periodic medical intervention programs and distribution of drugs and medical relief materials at no cost to constituents. This particular intervention initiative also covers the special care for the aged women as monthly stipends, free medical checkup on cataract, romantism, cancer and other ailments peculiar to old age are offered. The monthly free medical outreach to pregnant women tagged ‘Kásọ̀láyọ̀’ meaning ‘for our safe delivery’ is also a free medical program currently being enjoyed by pregnant women in the constituency.

Also, over thirty unemployed Ondo sons and daughters are currently in the federal civil service,state civil service and various military and paramilitary forces as beneficiaries of the true fruits of the biblical fig tree I earlier mentioned is producing irrespective of dry or wet seasonal change; as this is evident that the dividends of Hon. Makinde’s competent representation for the people. Ondo kingdom is not limited to a particular season.

His representation of Ondo East/ Ondo West Federal Constituency at the National Assembly has been robust, vibrant and of course, developmental.

Joseph Akinkuotu
Member, Ondo State Youth Parliament, and a proud youth of Ondo kingdom.

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