Jimi Odimayo is an astute businessman with a great knack for leadership and community development. He is running for Ondo State Governorship Elections!
Prince Okunjimi John Odimayo was born in Ode – Irele, Irele Local Government Area of Ondo State on the 26th August, 1980. He began his educational journey at the Anglican Primary School, Ode – Irele, and from there to Arerin Grammar School, Ode – Irele where he had his senior school certificate.
Young Jimi later proceeded to the Yaba College of Technology where he obtained his National Diploma and Higher National Diploma in Accountancy. As if that is not enough, he holds a Masters Degree in Corporate Finance from the University of Liverpool. An Associate Member of the Institute of Shippers, Odimayo started working as an accounts officer at Arcon Petroleum PLC in 2008 and quickly got promoted to the position of Head of Finance in 2009. In 2010, he became the Chief Finance Officer at Somerset Energy Services and was later absorbed by Bellpoint Energy Limited from 2011 to 2013 as the company’s Head of Trade, Finance and Operations. Odimayo also served as Head of Commercial Services at Addax and Oryx Group Nigeria between 2013 and 2014.
He is currently the Chairman/ Chief Executive Officer of Arowolo Group, a company with subsidiaries such as Arowolo Oil and Gas Limited, registered to market Petroleum Products across Nigeria, and which comfortably boasts of no fewer than nineteen (19) Retail Outlets; Arowolo Transport and Logistics Limited, a company registered to deliver efficient logistics support across petroleum depots in Nigeria with the objective of servicing Arowolo retail outlets; and Arowolo Agro-Allied Limited, registered to carry out commercial agriculture with a special interest in fishery and oil – palm processing. This particular arm or subsidiary has its commercial farm scheme in Lagos.
Others on the list of the subsidiaries are Arowolo Resorts Limited, registered to deliver hospitality services across the country; Navaho Petroleum Limited, and Arowolo Royal Foundation which is the corporate social responsibility arm of the group. The foundation is a not–for–profit-making organization through which this entrepreneurial whizkid intervenes in meeting the needs, yearnings and aspirations of the less privileged in the society. In this connection, he (Odimayo) gives scholarships for education, offers health assistance to the sick, empowers the youths and the aged, including the widows, and what have you.
When a man has been blessed by God and he is ready to share his blessings with his people, he has such a strong feeling for humanity that promotes the spirit of his philanthropic ideals. Odimayo’s resolve to at all times extend hands of fellowship whenever it is needed in his best capacity has continually been a source of blessing to indigenes of Ode-Irele, home and abroad, Ondo State and Nigeria as a whole.
No wonder, the attribute Arakunrin saw in him to appoint him as member of the governing council of the Ondo State University of Science and Technology. And today, he has shown his interest to contest for the governorship position of the state, using the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Odimayo, who recently declared his ambition to contest for the number one job in the state, vowed to reduce tuition fees in both Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, (AAUA) and Ondo State University of Science and Technology, (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa to N30,000 on February 24, 2021, as his first pronouncement after his swearing-in as the elected governor of the state. He made the declaration at a stakeholder meeting in Akure, the state capital, with over 5,000 women in attendance, made up of all the women leaders of APC in the 203 wards in the state, women groups and coordinators from all the eighteen local government areas of Ondo State.
He lamented the hardship mothers, parents and guardians face on payment of school fees of their wards currently in the state government-owned higher institutions where a student pays as much as N250,000 in an academic session, stressing that it remains the responsibility of any people-oriented government to fund education.
“I am not going to agree with the excuse of the present administration to so much increase the tuition fees to the level where a large population of students are, on daily bases, withdrawn from our universities owning to the exorbitant fees being paid in these institutions”.
“We are making university education compulsory for every youth in the state, as a tool to accelerate rapid development in all sections of human endeavours. This is where it becomes very important to increase the budgetary provision for the education sector in line with the recommendations of UNESCO, rather than shifting the huge financial burden on the people”.
“That is why my first pronouncement as the elected governor on February 24, 2021 will be the announcement of total free education for both primary and secondary schools in Ondo state and instant reduction of tuition fees in the two state government owned universities to N30, 000 per session, across all the courses of study”.
“We are also going to ensure that we provide our women, poverty eradication programme and empowerment. The women will take a large portion of representation when forming our cabinet and other important sections of the administration and governance. So, the practice of using women as campaign tool has to be stopped by allowing them to take very important roles to assist in our quest to make a better life for our people”.
Ambassador (Mrs.) Folake Omojuba, who led the women groups to the meeting with governorship aspirant, assured him total support of all APC women across the eighteen council areas of the state, She added that his kindheartedness, good gestures to the poor, high moral values, youthfulness and genuine interest to serve the people of the state, attracted the women to Odimayo.
“Right from this moment, all the APC women in the state have resolved to immediately withdraw our support from the incumbent, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, and shift all our attention, energy, time, support, prayers and comments to project Jimi Odimayo for Governor, which by God’s grace will come to fruition by February 2021”.
“We are from now, going to go all out for the campaigns in the markets, churches, mosques, towns meetings, clubs meetings, in our families and every of our daily engagements as wives mothers, civil servants, businesswomen and traders. This is our project, and we are going to diligently, faithfully and with all the powers vested on us as women by God, pursue and project until Prince Jimi Odimayo is swear-in as our next governor”.
Mrs. Omojuwa also hailed the aspirant for his love for the women fold, through his empowerment programme over the years, and his promise to reduce tuition fees for students in both AAUA and OSUSTECH to N30,000, stressing that the singular action will go a long way to relief the hardship women are currently facing, as many of them are the breadwinners and guardians.