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Despite expectations for the governor the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, to resume work this week, the state government has said doctors treating him will determine how early he would return to work in the state.

The governor is on a sick leave following his ill health which has kept him out of work for over a month.

The governor was expected to resume from his medical leave on July 6.

The development had resulted in his handing over power to his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, who is now acting as governor.

A statement by the Commissioner for Information, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, stated that the governor was appreciative of the support received so far and would be back once doctors found it appropriate for him to do so.

She said the governor expressed profound gratitude to the good people of Ondo State for the ceaseless evocation of prayers and messages of goodwill for his full recovery and return to good health, soon.

“This unprecedented display of genuine affection and solidarity have been a soothing balm and the reinvigorating elixir sustaining the determination, not only for the amiable Governor to stand on his feet, but also, and more importantly, for him to continue his service to the people, particularly the good people of Ondo State,” the statement said.

“The Governor thanks the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, and members of his team, all party leaders, his brother Governors and the members of the State House of Assembly for their support.

“He is in high spirits and expects to join the people of the State as soon as his doctors consider it expedient.”

Meanwhile, the organised labour unions in Ondo State have asked the governor to complete his recuperation before resuming duty.

In a statement on Wednesday signed by Oladele Amoko of the
NLC; Olapade Ademola of
JNC and Clement Fatuase of
TUC, the unions expressed delight the governor was recovering from his illness.

“We are delighted to receive the news of the swift recovery of our esteemed governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, CON,” the statement said.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to God for His unwavering grace and healing bestowed upon our dedicated governor.

“The Organised Labour in Ondo State remains committed to interceding on behalf of the governor. We express our profound appreciation for the governor’s unwavering love and dedication to the workers and people of the Sunshine State.

“Despite his speedy recovery, we strongly urge our dear governor to prioritize rest and complete recuperation before resuming his duties. We understand his inclination to resume work promptly due to his strong work ethic, but we implore him to allow himself more time to rest and fully recover.”

The workers noted that there is evidence that the state is functioning smoothly without hindrance during the governor’s absence.

“Although we miss his competent administrative decisions and interventions, we are confident in his imminent safe return,” the workers noted.

“We call upon every citizen and resident of the state to continue to pray for our governor’s well-being. He has proven to be the finest governor in recent times, and we stand firmly beside him, providing unwavering support to his administration until the end.”

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