The government of Ogun State says it is irrevocably committed to deepening its investment potentials towards retaining its status, as the largest industrial hub in the Sub-Saharan Africa through urgent and massive construction and rehabilitation of interstate and critical intrastate roads. The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun gave the assurance at the Ogun West Senatorial District’s Town Hall meeting, on 2020 budget and Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) for 2020-2022 in Ilaro.
Governor Abiodun highlighted some of the roads to include, Lagos-Abeokuta, Epe-Lagos and Ogijo- Ikorodu roads among others, saying it was important to embark on road infrastructure to attract more investment to the State.
He noted that Ogun West Senatorial District has great potential of becoming another world-class Industrial hub of the State, due to the proximity of two Local Governments in the District, namely Ipokia and Imeko-Afon to Lagos State and international markets, assuring that the roads would be included in the budget.
The Governor revealed that more model school buildings would be converted to technical and vocational training centres, saying, “unfortunately, the model school in Ilaro has been recommended for demolition because it has been adjudged by professionals to be structurally defective”.
In his remark, a former governorship aspirant in the State, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, appealed to Governor Abiodun to declare state of emergency on all roads in Ogun West Senatorial District, urging indigenes to support government through prompt payments of taxes and levies to aid rapid development.
The Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewa Land, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, pledged allegiance of his people to governor Abiodun led administration.
Speaking with newsmen at the meeting, the Chairman, Yewa Awori Traders Association, Prince Matthew Ajibawo, appealed to the Governor to caution Customs and other security personnel from disturbing traders in the area.
Also, a Woman leader in Yewa South, Alhaja Afolake Akinyemi called on government to incorporate women empowerment in the budget.
Odunayo Ogunleye & Kofoworola Oladele
Press Officers, Min. of Budget & Planning