100 Days: Dapo Abiodun Walking The Talking In Ogun - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Friday, September 6, 2019

100 Days: Dapo Abiodun Walking The Talking In Ogun

Governor Abiodun

Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji/ABEOKUTA
"Our vision summarises the kernel of our Agenda: To give Ogun State focused and qualitative governance and to create the enabling environment for a public private sector partnership, which is fundamental to the creation of an enduring economic development and individual prosperity of the people of Ogun," said Governor Dapo Abiodun on May 29, 2019 after taking the oath of office as the executive governor of Ogun State.

Against widely held belief that the celebration of 100 days in office by governors that took oath of office on May 29, 2019 is an unnecessary charade, the administration of Prince Dapo Abiodun in Ogun State has made meaningful strides that have clearly shown the course the administration plans to chart within its first four-year tenure.

Within Governor Abiodun's 100 days in office, the administration has left objective assessors in no doubt of its policy direction and when on Monday Sept 5, 2019, Governor Abiodun invited the public to the Tech Hub centre, Abeokuta, during the launching of Ogun Tech Hub to listen to the account of his administration's stewardship, he further demonstrated his resolve to be transparent in governance.

One must commend Gov. Dapo Abiodun for converting one of the uncompleted model schools that was abandoned by Amosun's administration to a Technology Hub. 

The TechHub, will make the state foster innovation for technology startup companies. This will help young technology companies thrive by encouraging experimentation, not demonising failure, and helping firms network with other like-minded individuals and enterprises.

In demonstration of his avowed commitments, his first major pre-occupation has been to boost the morale of both public and Civil servants in the state. 

In his further determination to achieve this vision and hit the ground running, he set up Economic Transition Committee of eminent sons and daughters of Ogun State and Work Groups to develop a Blueprint and an Implementation Roadmap. The Work Groups held a series of engagements with stakeholders in the State and interfaced with other stakeholders outside the State, including but not limited to development partners and multilateral organisations.
Governor Abiodun and Deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele giving out Grant to one of the 200 graduates of FADAMA Agric. Initiative
The Committee and Work Groups comprised of not only technocrats and professionals from the industry, but actors in the political space drawn from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and other major political parties in the State, including co-contestants for the seat of the governor. This collaborative and inclusive approach, the first of its kind in the state, will continue to underpin the conduct of government affairs with a belief that the Gateway State will benefit from the collective wisdom, knowledge and passion of all citizens that are in abundance across the different regions of the State and the political parties and groups.

Despite the alleged near empty treasury he inherited from his predecessor, Abiodun pledges to go all out to ensure the prompt payment of workers salaries on/or before the last working day of the moment. 

On assumption of office on May 29, 2019, Abiodun had promised some focal areas of his administration which included; building infrastructure, security, education, agriculture, employment generation, agriculture, ICT and power generation, among others.
The recently commissioned Ogun TechHub
While addressing state's workers during the second day of his assumption of office, on Monday, June 3, 2019, Abiodun rekindled hope in the workforce.

According to him, "whether the Federal Allocation comes on time or the monthly Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is anything to go by, we will ensure your salaries are paid as and when due. I am assuring you that we will pay you on/or before the last day of the month, " he assured. 

He has begun to redeem his pledge with prompt payment of August Salaries to Civil servants.

Quality healthcare delivery is one of the cardinal programmes of the Abiodun administration. Health, as they say, is wealth of a nation. The governor, a week after he assumed the mantle of leadership, paid a surprise visit to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH), Sagamu, where he met with its management team and bemoaned the deplorable condition and obsolete equipment of the state owned health institution. Just few weeks to the submission of report of the Administrative panel constituted for the hospital, Governor Abiodun ordered for the recruitment of more Resident Doctors and nurses to reduce the workload of the medical practitioners.
Governor Abiodun immunizing the children at the launch of free medical outreach in Ogun
Just on Wednesday, the governor flagged off a medical outreach with a promise that his administration would provide  a befitting Primary Healthcare Centres in each Ward across the state and rehabilitation and provision of modern equipment to the State Hospital, Ilaro and across other General Hospitals in the state. 

According to Governor Abiodun, the free medical outreach was to underscore the importance of health as the administration was poised to make the state the biggest economy not only in Nigeria, but in Africa. 

Poised to provide better and improved living standards for the citizenry through qualitative governance, Abiodun has taken bold steps, creation of “Ogun Job Portal” which is for the continuous registration of unemployed youths in the state with a view to providing them with jobs suitable for their trade and academic qualifications; attracted the establishment of an Irish Dairy Milk Company; the proposed establishment of a Creative Arts and Entertainment Village in the state, inauguration of a committee on Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology (MAUSTECH) and Ogun State Polytechnic, with a view to looking into the sustainability and viability of both state-owned tertiary institutions; rehabilitation of 236 schools, 60 roads and 236 health centres; inauguration of a Chieftaincy Review Committee for the protection of the traditional institution; the setting up of a visitation panel on Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), Omu-Ijebu, to look into the protracted crisis that has engulfed the institution; among others.
Gov. Abiodun inspecting the ongoing construction road by the Public Works along Ogere-Remo
The Department of Public Works (DPW) has started rehabilitating roads. With the take-off of the enumeration of all the roads across the state that need repair, the essence is to begin works speedily without having to award third party contracts. At the same time, it has allowed for the development and empowerment of the local economy and, in no small measure, stimulates the local economy. 

At present, rehabilitation work are being carried out in Ijebu Ode, Sango, Ado Odo Ota road, Ilaro - Ayetoro road, Ogere - Iperu road among others. Also, the state government is already carrying out palliative work on Ajuwon - Alagbole- Akute road. The state government is equally working on the Idewon - Fusigboye - Ashafa- Alyegun - Ojofa road in Ijebu Ode and Adigbe Opako  road.

Abiodun said: “So, if the rural or township road goes through a particular area and we are able to involve those that are in that catchment area in the supply of needed materials or labour etc, it will be our own way of stimulating the local economy.
Abiodun welcoming investors to Ogun State
“We have enumerated these roads; we have sent them back to their local governments; and we requested for their priorities and by so doing, we are also involving them in this process. In essence, it won’t be that we are repairing roads that are not their priorities.  

“You should know that, in the distant future you will begin to see activities in your backyard because we have gangs in Ijebu Ode.

“We intend to ensure that going forward, we are focusing on creating that enabling environment for people to come here and invest in the state. Before you come here to invest in the state you will want to see electricity, good roads, security and others. These are the things that anyone coming to invest in Ogun State will want to see.

“We have also decided that we are going to have an improved and indeed an Ogun State Investment Promotion Agency that will be headed by an Investment Banker, not just someone who doesn’t have what it takes to bring investment into the state.

“Till date, Ogun State has been rated largely for what we call the “Push” factor of Lagos, meaning that people coming to invest in Ogun State are networked to Lagos or perhaps there is no land available in Lagos; that is the “Push” factor. We are committed to changing it to a “Pull” factor.

“As a result, we will do all it takes to endear people to come here. We are creating that enabling environment for them to come so that Ogun State will be, as we have said, the number one economy in this country.”

On security, the governor apart from reading riot act against cultism, hooligalism and vandalism, has also directed Police Chief to evacuate all hideout of kidnappers and further warned landlords from harboring criminals. 
Giving instant employment to 20 graduates in the Ogun Job Portal
Apparent scathed by the insecurity in South West, Ogun state further advanced the conversation establishing State Security Trust Fund while it is also collaborating with fellow governors in the south west in the joint security network to make the region safe from the activities of kidnappers and armed robbers. Signing the Security Trust Fund guaranteed safety measures for citizens as  committee headed by Mr Bolaji Balogun was inaugurated by Gov Abiodun, to serve as interface between government and private partnership holding funds and ensuring welfare of all security apparatus is duly taken care of.

On Sports, apart from taking the bull by the horn, by establishing a sports commission to redefine the sporting activities in the state, the state, under the workaholic leadership of Governor Abiodun's Public Private Partnership (PPP) approach, will host the first Abeokuta 10KM Marathon Race sponsored by JAC Motors where over 3,000 athletes have signified interest to storm the state on November 2, 2019.

The multiplier effect of that is to improve the IGR and promote the tourism industry of the state.

Reminiscent of his inauguration speech, the governor restated his commitments thus: “Apart from the constitutional arrangement that places the third tier of government close to the grassroots, it is believed that the self-enlightened interest of the state government is focused on good governance. 

“The commitment of our Administration to the empowerment of our local government councils to effectively and efficiently discharge their constitutionally guaranteed mandate is total. 

“My administration will evolve a new, but constitutionally backed arrangement that will make our local governments responsive and responsible to the yearnings of the people.”

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