Bayo Calmi, Akure
The committee set up for the inauguration of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu for the second term in office has declared that all the activities of government for the inauguration would be low-key.
It also said all those that would attend the inauguration ceremony, coming up next week Wednesday, at the International Event Centre, Akure, the state capital would not be more than 500 while 400 people would be allowed to attend the dinner coming up in the evening of the inauguration day.
The Chairman of the 25-man inauguration committee and Deputy Governor-elect, Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa, stated this while speaking with journalists on the activities lined up for the ceremony, on Friday.
According to him, the reason for the decision to have a low-key celebration was to observe the COVID-19 protocols.
He said, “It is important to stress that attendance at every function will be strictly by invitation. This is in order to control the crowd and reduce the risks associated with COVID -19. In other words, the venues will be a no-go area for individuals without official invitation cards.
“For more emphasis, the Dome which sits full capacity of 1,800 guests will now sit 500 for the inauguration while it will accommodate only 400 for the state dinner later in the evening.”
Ayedatiwa, who described the school debate and the presentation of awards won by Ondo State public schools, which is one of the activities for the inauguration ceremony, as a well-thought-out component of the ceremony with a specific focus to elevate and celebrate our youths in the state.
“It is also to serve as the melting pot for the general public consisting of parent, teachers and students and government thereby ensuring the involvement of all layers in the society in the enthroning of the government they truly voted in,” he said.