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Ogun: Abiodun’s 100 Days Of Working The Promises

Governor Abiodun

By Segun Sunday
On September 6, Prince Dapo Abiodun, mfr governor of Ogun State will clock 100 day in office as the 5th elected Governor of Ogun since transition into civil rule. 

The event which is always celebrated by governors in the country provided the Governors the opportunity to take stock of their activities and chart a new path forward in the delivery of dividends of democracy. Just like working his promises – the talk, Gov Abidun has evidently resumed business of governance immediately by first visiting and reviewing all contracts, blocking civil service loopholes with the aid of a financial expert and inspecting all government facilities in the secretariat at Oke Mosan. The rosy reception that greeted his resumption was enough welcome and conviction that the people had truly rejected the previous administration.

For Abiodun, the 100 day celebration is not about drinking and merry but an occasion to reflect on the direction of his administration and to reinvigorate efforts at delivery of dividends of democracy to the loving people of the state.

Abiodun had emerged winner in a bitterly contested election in which the ruling government from his own party, All Progressives Congress did everything to stop his emergence. But for the grace of God often ascribed, and the support of the people of the state he triumphed over all obstacles put on his way to be in his present office.

The business mogul and entrepreneur had campaigned on enriching promises in various capacity driven purposes; first, providing leadership, equality and human values. The promises lean disposably on: Focus and Qualitative Governance Open and Transparent to the People; Private Public Partnership for an Industrialized Ogun and Creating An Economic Viable State;  Local Government Autonomy and Beneficial Synergy that will quicken Development from Local areas;  Qualitative and Affordable Education; and  Equitable Infrastructural Development in all Local Government Areas,  placing premium on Human Capital Development.

Cutting through the first 100 days after assuming power, Abiodun has tried to lay a solid foundation for the takeoff of his administration by touching virtually every area of governance. Instances have it first in the education sector, the reconstituted board of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta by reversing the operational academic activities back to statusquo and further set up a committee to look into the Moshood Abiola University, Ipokia relocation. Besides, he ordered the payment of outstanding salaries and allowances of the institution and ensure the reopening the polytechnic after eight months of academic paralysis.

The administration set up visitation panel to look into the crisis bedeviling ‘Tai Solarin College of Education. The action being taken is to ensure that the institution fulfil its mandate to the people of the state. 

Also part of priorities was to restore primary education as the basic and foundation of learning, understanding the plethora of challenges rocking primary education. The Dep. Governor, Alhaja Noimot Oyedele had led Stakeholders in Ogun State and ministry of education officials on inspection of some primary schools in villages and towns of ogun and ordered complete rehabilitation of all the schools to a modern day – model primary school.

In the area of infrastructure, the state government ordered the immediate rehabilitation of 70 inter-township roads based on the suggestions of community’s leader and people’s demand, and facilitated Federal government to begin work on some of the federal roads that leads to state. The essence of involving the communities in identifying the roads for rehabilitation is to ensure that the citizens are allowed to participate actively in taking decisions that will impact directly on the lives and enable them to own the government. This is a clear departure from what obtained in the past where the rulers only decide for the people what should be their priority.

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.

To further ensure that roads in the state are in good shape, Gov Abiodun work out his promise of reviving local content under the supervision of Ministry of works - establishes Ogun State Road Maintenance Agency to rehabilitate all the existing roads in the state (OGROMA) to prosecute public works. The bill establishing the agency has recently been signed into law after it was duly passed by the State Assembly.

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. 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

In the light of gauging his readiness and proactiveness, human capital development have also been giving a facelift. Government has ensure prompt payment of salaries of workers while the contentious deductions from workers salaries by the former administration which led to incessant industrial action was stopped and refunds made.

The government has also resolved lingering traditional ruler’s issue which nearly plunge the state into communal crisis. The former administration in its twilight had promoted some traditional rulers without following due process, which nearly pushed the state to the edge. But the decision was reversed and peace restored to various communities in the state.

Governor Dapo Abiodun, coming from private sectors understood the temerity of partnering to provide quality leadership having examined the financial strength of the state, and debt profile has done well in attracting investments to the state with the way and manner, local and foreign investors have been trooping to the state using the advantage of being the nearest state to Lagos port.

It established Fadama Graduate Unemployed Youths and Women Scheme (FADAMA GUYS) for the twin purpose of reducing unemployment and increased food production in the state. The state government further facilitated the establishment of Creative Arts and Entertainment Village in the state by Access bank fostering the public private partnership agenda. The games village is a 5-storey building earmarked to sustain socio cultural and economic value of the people and further jerk up state revenue.

It protected the interest of the country by ensuring the Benin Republic did not take over Tongeji Island with collaboration with joint security network.

No doubt the government has started on a good note and all he demands of the people is their support which has not been in ante since he took over. Abiodun has been doing everything within his power to carry the people along and it is expected that with his diligent service to the state and a listen ears to the aspirations and yearnings of the people, the Ogun State has indeed made a good bargaining in electing Abiodun as their governor. 

Segun Sunday is Journalist and Public Affairs analyst
Writes From Abeokuta

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