Akeredolu pledges to eliminate criminals masking as herders in Ondo State

Akeredolu pledges to eliminate criminals masking as herders in Ondo State

Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has said his government would not allow criminals, masquerading as herdsmen, to overrun the state under any guise.

Akeredolu, who vowed to bring to justice the killer herdsmen terrorising some communities, assured of more security presence in some areas of the state.

The Governor spoke on Tuesday, January 25, in his office while receiving representatives of Auga Community, led by the Alauga of Auga-Akoko, Oba Samuel Agunloye, who visited him.

Akeredolu, who frowned at the incessant attacks on farmers and their farmlands, especially in the border towns, said increased security presence will be deployed.

He charged the people to also be prepared and report suspected criminals to security agencies on time, saying his administration would not allow killer herdsmen to overrun the state.

The governor also called on traditional rulers in the state to work with the Amotekun Corps; and other security agencies for proper security of their domains.

He emphasized that the Iboropa-Auga/Ase/Ikaram road is one of the roads; slated to be constructed under the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP).

On the renovation of Auga Community Grammar School, Auga Akoko, Akeredolu said the time had come for communities; to come up with various strategies towards developing their schools.

“Old students associations and the communities must also join hands in developing the schools in their localities,” he said.

Oba Agunloye appreciated the Governor on behalf of the Auga Community; for the various infrastructural development across the state.

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Meanwhile, Aliko Dangote has retained his position as the richest man in Africa; with a net worth of $12.1 billion, according to the 2022 edition of the Forbes’ Top 10 Africa’s Billionaires List.

This is contained in a post on their verified Twitter account @Forbes on Tuesday, January 25.

According to the report, for the 11th year in a row, Aliko Dangote of Nigeria is the continent’s richest person; worth an estimated $13.9 billion, up from $12.1 billion in 2021.

This according to the magazine, followed a 30 per cent increase in the stock price of Dangote Cement, his most valuable asset.

A surge in housing developments in Nigeria and growth in government infrastructure; spending drove higher demand in the first nine months of 2021, analysts found.

The report added that Africa’s billionaires were richer than they had been in years, despite the global pandemic.

As a group, the continent’s 18 billionaires were worth an estimated $84.9 billion – a 15 per cent increase from twelve months ago; and the most since 2014, when a larger number of billionaires–28–were worth a combined $96.5 billion.

On average, the continent’s billionaires were worth $4.7 billion now; worth $3.4 billion in 2014 with soaring stock prices from Nigeria to Zimbabwe lifted the fortunes of these tycoons; as demand for products from cement to luxury goods ticked up.

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