In 2016, when Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, won the November 26 guber election in Ondo state, most citizens were happy thinking that the "messiah" that will take the state from the woods to the "Promised Land" had come.
Many, also jubilated with the firm belief that the ''Think new, act new'' which he and his Party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, campaigned on was certainly going to transform the state.
But with about 8 months into his first year in office, observers believe the governor is still apportioning blames on the past administration rather than proffering solutions.
In his speech at his inauguration on February 24 titled "Journey to Redemption", Governor Akeredolu told the citizens of the state that he came with a clear mind and an honest heart to serve and give the very best of his ability to restore hope and happiness to the people of the state.
He added that the mission of his administration was to lead a patriotic, highly inspired and competent team to rescue the ship of the state.
He pledged not to renege on all promises but break the barriers to honest leadership.
Findings by SUNSHINE HERALD shows that public infrastructures in the state are depreciating by the day while security in the state has gone worst from what it used to be years back with rampant kidnappings along major highways.
In Akure, the state capital, there is hardly any road network apart from the popular Oyemekun/Oba Adesida that is free of potholes. Also across the length and breadth of the state, the death toll from road accidents is alarmingly high.
According to a document tagged the "Blue Print to Progress, 2017-2021," of the Strategic Development and Policy Implementation Committee SDPIC, put up by the state government for its 4-year tenure and seen by SUNSHINE HERALD, the Akeredolu's government within its first 100 days was expected to rehabilitate and grade 100 km Rural Feeder Roads waterways in each local government area but failed.
Among other plans which the government failed to implement within its first 100 days in office include provision of transformers where necessary across the state, rehabilitation of 20 boreholes per local government, operation fill the potholes in the entire Ondo State, selection of pilot farmer groups and crop-based associations
Other failed promises as investigated round the state by SUNSHINE HERALD include provision of seeds and seedlings to farmers, the promotion of Aketi rice production, establishment of pilot rice farm at Igbara Oke Multipurpose Dam, and other riverine areas of the state and many more.
Glimmer of hope
Of course, meeting the full set of promises attributed to the APC led government would be a tall order for the first 8 months of any government, the first 100 days of Akeredolu's government has seen some successes in the area of prompt salary payment. He has paid salary as at when due since assumption of office in February, even some months owed by the previous administration have been paid.
The introduction of State Integrated Financial Management Information Systems (SIFMIS) within 8 months in office is a good omen that will refocus, reshape and give a good name to the civil service in Ondo State.
SIFMIS was introduced earlier in the year by the state government to shore up the state's Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), block financial loopholes within the system, increase the speed of civil servants' activities and create more time for strategic and value-adding activities in the service.
The governor has also reinstated the lecturers sacked by the previous administration in Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko for political reasons. The families that had been hitherto dehumanised are now happy.
In addition, the administration has put in place a technical committee on Olokola Free Trade Zone to reactivate and revamp the abandoned trade zone.
THE Wewood project in Omotosho is another achievement scored by the present government.
Observers within the state believe the governor popularity is gradually becoming impalpable, and his honeymoon period already over.
With about 8 months behind him, if he struggles to deliver all that he's promised them, the population may grow less patient.