Why I am building Befitting, Modern Governor’s Lodge for Ondo – Akeredolu
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state on Friday laid the foundation for a new governor’s Lodge at the state house, alagbaka,Akure, the state capital.
This was part of the activities set aside to mark his 100 days in office as the governor on his second term.
Speaking at the foundation laying,Akeredolu said “This is another indication of our solemn resolve and avowed commitment to the redemption agenda of our administration.
Permit me to disclose that the old Governor’s Lodge was originally a modest three-room duplex of timber flooring, built for the Colonial District Officers.
This historic building went through a lot of modifications, restructuring and renovations since the creation of Ondo State in 1976.
When we came in February 2017, we met the old Governor’s Lodge building, fabrics and furniture in acute dilapidation and utter state of abandonment.
Also, the Governor’s Lodge Annex that was built by the immediate past administration, had issues of structural defect.
Our first reaction to the ugly development was to involve the best of cost-effective steps to put to good use the facilities. In pursuant of this, qualified and experienced building experts were invited to work with our in-house professionals to carry out due diligence and survey on the structures.
The objective of our action was to have a concise report on the adequacy of spaces, snags, building health and cost of remedial works.
The report, thereafter, submitted by the experts revealed a humongous cost of putting the old lodge in a befitting status and yet it will not adequately compensate for the value of money to be spent.
In our quest to continuously strive to fulfil our sacred vows to our people and leave a good legacy, a committee was set up to work on the experts recommendation and come up with a design for the construction of a new a Governor’s Lodge for Ondo State Government.
The committee has turned in its recommendation on the construction of a new Governor’s Lodge of which we are here today to formally commence.
This project was conceived with the best expectations of any Governor’s Lodge you can find in Nigeria. The structure sits on approximately 2,000 square meters of land and measures about 18 meters from the ground floor to the tip of the iconic roof.
The facilities will house a Banquet Hall to sit about 250 guests, Basement Parking, Indoor and Outdoor Kitchen, Swimming Pool, Sitting Lounge, Atrium Sitting Room, Bedrooms and other functional spaces. Information Communication Technology (ICT) software and gadgets will be applied in the finishing of this edifice while the entire environment will be adorned with both soft and hard landscape.
Let me state unequivocally, that this project is another landmark testimony of our commitment to the REDEEMED agenda.
In the last four years, we have been able to make bold footprints in the building infrastructure sector. We have conceived, delivered and are still working on some construction projects.
We shall continue to focus on our core mandate and promises for the good people of Ondo State, hoping for grace and capacity to do more. ”