Ogun State Government has commenced the construction of low-cost mass houses in Abeokuta and other parts of the State to provide decent accommodation to the people at affordable prices.
The houses, when completed, will cost about N4 million each, according to Governor Dapo Abiodun.
Speaking at the Thanksgiving and Praise Worship to mark his victory at the Governorship ElectionTribunal, held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta, the governor noted that the project was embarked upon to address the housing deficit in the state.
The governor, who described shelter as one of the basic needs of man, said the project would employ the services of artisans like bricklayers, carpenters, painters and other auxiliary workers.
“I have told our people that the houses should not be more N4 million each. This is to enable people to have access to them,” he said.
Prince Abiodun, who used the occasion to intimate the people of his stewardship in the last 100 days, said apart from reconstituting the State Security Trust Fund and handing over its management to the right combination of people, 100 patrol vans, 200 motorbikes were purchased with a Helicopter from the Federal Government to deal with security challenges in the State.
The governor disclosed further that agreement for the rehabilitation of Ijebu-Ode-Epe road would soon be signed, while Ogun and Lagos states have jointly sought for the handing over of the Abeokuta-Ifo-Ota and Sagamu- Ikorodu road by the Federal Government for reconstruction, adding that this would boost business activities in the axis.
He said his administration has commenced the rehabilitation of rural and township roads, rehabilitation of 236 primary schools and health centres to provide quality education and health services to the people, pledging that all communities in the State would feel the impact of his administration.
Prince Abiodun, who reiterated that his administration would not involve itself in needless vendetta, said some of the models schools inherited from the previous administration would be put to other use, adding that the one located at Kobape road, has been turned into a Technological hub to train the youth on the use of Information Technology.
“We have introduced e-learning by enumerating our students and teachers. Each student will have a Pin number, a device for us to know when they are in or not in school. It will allow us to train our teachers. We will have WiFi in our markets and educational institutions for easy connectivity,” he noted.
He said his administration has so far allocated one hectare of land to 200 participants of the Anchor Borrowers’Programme to encourage agro-entrepreneurship, especially among the youths in the State.
On tertiary health institutions, he said the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu is now wearing a new look, following renovation work carried out on the facility.
Prince Abiodun said he has also ordered the employment of more health personnel for the institution, while the State Hospital, Ilaro now has modern Theatre for operation, modern laboratory, Maternity Ward and the general rehabilitation of structures in the hospital.
He urged people to always thank God for His favours, adding that his government would ensure justice for all irrespective of their religious, ethnic, political or social background.
In his opening remarks, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Shuaib Afolabi Salisu, described the pre-election period as turbulence, even as he appreciated God for the victory at the pool and at the Governorship ElectionTribunal.
He described Governor Abiodun as a man chosen by God at this time to lead the State, populated by enlightened people.
He added that the journey of providing a focused and qualitative leadership has started in earnest, calling on the people to continue to support the government in their prayers to take the State to a greater height.