Despite COVID-19 pandemic, #EndSARS protests, our administration recorded giant strides, says Abiodun

The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Sunday, said that his administration in the last two years had recorded giant strides in all areas, despite the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic and #EndSARS protests in the country.

He started this in his statewide broadcast to mark his second year in office, that his government had positively impacted the lives of people in the state.

He, however, said his government would continue to be strategic and deliberate in the allocation of resources, just as he restated that Ogun under his leadership would continue to prioritise projects that have a direct and positive impact on the people and remain frugal in the management of the “commonwealth”

He said the current government in the state would sustain the tempo of delivering good governance, assuring residents to expect more projects in infrastructure, housing, health, education, amongst several others.

The governor declared that he was at peace with himself and delighted that he stuck with the promise he made to deliver good governance and espouse a government that would be fair, just, equitable, accountable, open, transparent, inclusive and obey the rule of law, 731 days ago when he was sworn-in as the 5th civilian governor of Ogun State.

“In my inaugural speech, I made a covenant with God, and the good people of Ogun State that I will provide good governance. That is, a government that is fair, just, equitable, accountable, open, transparent, inclusive and obeys the rule of law. Two years down the line, I am proud to say that we are a promise-keeping Administration. We have either fulfilled or are fulfilling all our electoral promises, in practical terms,” Abiodun noted.

He said his administration did not allow challenges of COVID-19 and #EndSARS to dampen its resolve to deliver on his electoral promises to the people of Ogun State, disclosing his first year in office witnessed commencement and completion of some infrastructural projects across the state.

Highlighting some projects espoused by his administration in 24 months, Abiodun said no fewer than 34 roads spanning over 270km had been reconstructed, while another set of 41 roads had benefitted from rehabilitation covering over 322 km.

“We have worked on over 600km of rural, intra-state, and inter-state roads spread across the three Senatorial Districts of the State, in line with our commitment to an even development of the state and the completion of inherited projects that benefit the citizens.

“It is important to note that some of the reconstructed roads are Federal Government roads which we have been compelled to do, because citizens do not care about the ownership of the roads, but geo-locate the pains they experience at the point of contact. Your government is committed to bringing relief to our citizens regardless of the cause or source of the discomfort.

“The reconstructed roads include our arterial roads linking us with Lagos State, such as Ray Power Road and Ikola/Navy-Osi-Ota Road in Ota which were commissioned three days ago; Ijebu -Ode to Epe road, scheduled for commissioning in the next few days; and Atan – Lusada-Agbara road which was flagged off last month and is due for completion in 15 months. Of note also is the reconstruction of Abeokuta-Sagamu Interchange, the major road to the State capital.
There are several other roads spread across the State that are either completed or at various stages of completion at an average of 3 roads per each of the 20 Local Government Areas,” the governor stated.

He added that the state had developed a multi-modal transportation master plan for the state that will integrate road, railway, water and air transport systems, saying work had also begun in earnest on the revived cargo airport at Ilishan-Remo which is strategically located to boost the agriculture value-chain and serve as the hub for the export of agric products, not only for the State but for the region.

On youth development and empowerment, the governor said his administration determined to harness the potentials of “our technology-savvy youth and the status of our State as the Education Capital of the nation in the digital economy”, adding “this has informed a number of initiatives, including the establishment of the Ogun Techhub and the recent flag-off of Ogun State Digital Economy Infrastructure Project (OGDEIP).”

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