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Ondo State declares 2-day public holiday for late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s burial



Ondo State declares 2-day public holiday for late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu's burial

Ondo State declares 2-day public holiday for late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s burial


In a solemn gesture of respect and remembrance, the Ondo State Government has officially declared a two-day public holiday to honour the late former Governor Rotimi Akeredolu. The announcement, made by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ebenezer Adeniyan, on Tuesday in Akure, underscores the profound significance of paying homage to a revered leader who left an indelible mark on the state.

The poignant decision to observe Thursday, February 22, and Friday, February 23, as public holidays serves as a fitting tribute to Akeredolu’s enduring legacy and contributions to the development of Ondo State. These two days of respite will afford the people of the state the opportunity to participate wholeheartedly in the series of programmes planned to commemorate the life and achievements of the late former governor.

The somber occasion marks the final journey home for Akeredolu, who departed this world on December 27, 2023, while in Germany. As per the programme released by the family, the late statesman will be laid to rest on Friday in Owo, his beloved hometown, amidst a gathering of mourners, dignitaries, and well-wishers.

Expressing the rationale behind the declaration of the public holiday, Adeniyan affirmed, “The two work-free days will allow the people of the state to participate in the burial activities of the former governor.” This sentiment encapsulates the collective sentiment of the people of Ondo State, who seek to honour Akeredolu’s memory and bid him a heartfelt farewell with dignity and respect.

The outpouring of grief and tributes following Akeredolu’s passing underscores the profound impact he had on the lives of countless individuals across Ondo State. From his tireless efforts to advance the welfare of citizens to his visionary leadership in steering the state toward prosperity, Akeredolu’s legacy looms large in the annals of Ondo’s history.

As preparations for the final rites of passage unfold, the entire state stands united in mourning the loss of a beloved leader and statesman. The forthcoming days of mourning and reflection offer an opportunity for the people of Ondo to come together in solidarity, drawing strength from each other as they bid farewell to a revered figure who will forever hold a special place in their hearts.

Amidst the somber atmosphere that envelops Ondo State, there is a profound sense of gratitude for Akeredolu’s selfless service and unwavering dedication to the betterment of his people. His memory will endure as a beacon of hope and inspiration, guiding future generations to emulate his virtues of integrity, compassion, and commitment to public service.

As the state government extends its heartfelt condolences to the family and loved ones of the late former governor, it reaffirms its unwavering support for the grieving community. Together, they will navigate through this period of mourning, drawing strength from cherished memories and the enduring legacy of a remarkable leader who touched the lives of many.

In the solemn silence that pervades Ondo State during these two days of public mourning, the spirit of Rotimi Akeredolu will resonate, serving as a reminder of the profound impact one individual can have on the destiny of a state and its people.