Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that community leaders would be involved in the citing of projects in their areas for proper tracking, monitoring and sustainability.
The Governor who spoke at the Virtual Town Consultative Meeting on 2020-2021 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and 2020 Budget for Ogun Central Senatorial District at the Governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, noted that involving community leaders would enable them to take ownership of such projects and ensure proper maintenance.
He promised to give equal attention to all parts of the State in the area of project execution and provision of basic amenities, adding that Abeokuta would be accorded deserved attention as the capital city.
“As a matter of fact, since the inception of our administration in May, 2019, we have continued to embark on projects that have positive impacts on the lives of our people. In doing this, we are deliberate and calculated in our approach to inclusive and good governance, to ensure that meaningful and positive projects are initiated across the three Senatorial Districts of our dear State”, the Governor said.
Abiodun stated that it was not possible to meet all the demands of the people due to lack of funds, reeling out some of the projects carried out in the area of road, housing, agriculture, education, health and youth empowerment, among others.
He added that it was the demonstration of government sincerity and commitment to good governance, assuring a holistic approach to infrastructural development in all sectors of the State’s economy.
The Governor listed some completed and ongoing projects in the District to include Kuto Bridge and its surroundings to Simeon Adebo Library, Lafenwa-Rounder/Olohunda Ayetoro Road, Panseke-Adigbe Road, Brewery-Olomore-Ita-Oshin Road, while government had constructed 130 houses units at Prince Court Phase I, 300 units at Kemta-Idi-Aba, among others.
Speaking, Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan said the meeting was to reach out to the citizens and get their inputs, towards arriving at the people’s oriented budget.
Contributing, the Osile of Oke-Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, called for the completion of uncompleted road projects and rehabilitation of inner roads in the district, particularly in Abeokuta, while Chief Yomi Majekodunmi, called for the setting up of a logistics hub in the Senatorial District, advising government to leverage on diaspora’s funding and work with a realistic budget.
On their part, Chief Sina Luwoye and Senator Gbenga Obadara, stressed the need for the creation of a compendium that captures tax payment in the State, while capital expenditure should be more than recurrent to accelerate development.
Other speakers at the meeting were the Transition Committee Chairman, Odeda Local Government Area, Hon. Semiu Lawal, Engr. Adekunle Mokuolu, former president, Nigeria Society of Engineers, President, Baptist Conference, who represented Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. (Dr.) Wale Owoniyi and representative of the League of Imams and Alfas in the State, Sheik Iskeel Lawal.
Press Officer, Office of the Governor