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By Lekan Lisoye

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has promised to give equal attention to all the three Senatorial Districts in projects execution and provision of basic amenities just has he promised to leave the State better than he met it. 

The Goverrnor who spoke at the Virtual Town Consultative Meeting on 2020-2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and 2020 Budget for Ogun Central Senatorial District held at the Governor's office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, also pledged to accord Abeokuta the deserve attention as the capital city of the state.

"It is also one of our promises that any inherited projects that have clear line of sight to the development of our dear State will not be abandoned. In fact, those that could no longer be used for their initial purposes will be converted to the advantage of our dear State. Example is the conversion of the previously abandoned Model School at Kobape road into the Ogun Tech Hub.

"As a matter of fact, since inception of our Administration on May, 2019, we have continued to hold as a matter of policy to embark on projects that continue to have positive impacts on the lives of our people. In doing this, we are deliberate and calculated in our approach to inclusive and good governance to ensure that meaningful and positive projects are initiated across the three Senatorial Districts of our dear State", the Goverrnor noted.

Prince Abiodun said though it was not possible to meet all the demands of the people as a result of lack of funds, reeled out some of the projects carried out so far in the area of road, housing, agriculture, education, health and Youth empowerment among others, added that it was the demonstration of government sincerity and commitment to good governance to the people, assuring a wholesome approach to infrastructural development in all sectors of the State’s economy.

He listed some completed and ongoing project in the District to  include Kuto Bridge and its surroundings to Simeon Adebo Library, Lafenwa-Rounder/Olohunda Ayetoro Road, Panseke-Adigbe Road, Brewery-Olomore-Ita-Oshin Road, while government has constructed 130 houses units at Prince Court Phase I, 300 umits at Kemta-Idi-Aba
 Prince Court Phase II, 300 units housing Project was ongoing at Kobape Housing Estate and another 23 units at Laderin Workers Estate for civil servants and many more within the last 17 months of the present administration.

The Goverrnor observed that from contributions and suggestions from other disticts, good road network was one of the critical needs of the people, assuring that his administration would think out of the box and device innovative ways of fixing the roads.

While encouraging the people of  the zone to come up with practical suggestions and ideas that help government to deliver dividends of democracy, approve the that town hall meeting should be hold twice a year to enable government get feedback on what affects them.

Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan while the people's support in moving the state forward, said the meeting was to reach out to the citizens and get the inputs towards arriving at the people's oriented budget

Contributing, the Osile of Oke-Ona, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, called for the completion of uncompleted road projects and rehabilitation of inner roads in the district, particularly in Abeokuta, Chief Yomi Majekodunmi, called for the setting up of an logistics hub in the Senatorial District, advised Goverrnment to leverage on diaspora funding and work with realistic budget.

 Mr. Kehinde Sogunle of the Egbaland Economic Submit, suggested the involement of community leaders in project execution for Sustainability as well as adequate funding for the ogun techub to serve as centre of excellence in Information and Communication Technology development in the country.

On their part, Chief Sina Luwoye and Senator Gbenga Obadara, stressed the need for the creation of a compedum that captures tax payment in the State, while capital expenditure should be more than recurrent to accelerate development.

Other speakers at the meeting  included; Semiu Lawal, Transsition Committee Chairman, Odeda Local Government Area, who spoke on behalf of transition chairmen in the State, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, former president, Nigeria Society of Engineers, Rev. (Dr.) Wale Owoniyi, President, Baptist Conference, who represented Christian Association Nigeria and Sheik Iskeel Sugar, who represented the League of Imams and Alfas in the State.

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