Recommendations and constructive criticisms by the Governor’s Elders Advisory Council would ensure sustenance of the enviable position of Ogun State among the comity of States, as well as provide more prosperous living for the people.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, stated this at the inauguration of a 56-member Governor’s Elders Advisory Council, held at the Oba’s Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, saying a former Permanent Secretary in the old Western Region, Chief Oluseye Okuboyejo would be Chairman of the Council.
“The elders should select Principal Officers from each Senatorial Districts, so that if there is a need to have a meeting with me, you will not need to call all the members together. It will be these Officers that will meet with me on regular basis but I will leave the composition of that executive to the elders”, he said.
The helmsman said his administration was determined to work in synergy with the elders and continuously tap from their wealth of experience, saying that every leader needs the counsel of people who will always speak the truth, irrespective of the personality in power.
“We will not disparage our elders, but benefit from their wisdom and wealth of experience, as we remain steadfast in our commitments to delivering on our developmental agenda of Building Our Future Together”, he said.
In his good will message, the State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief Yemi Sanusi, said the event was another bold step by the Governor to display his policy of inclusiveness, adding that ‘’the voice of elders is the voice of wisdom’’.
In their separate remarks, Chief Adekunle Adesina, former Deputy Governor of the State, Alhaja Salimot Badru, Chief Tolu Dawodu and Senator Ayo Otegbola, noted that Prince Abiodun has demonstrated that he was a listening Governor, urging him to continue with his style of governance, which according to them, was not slow, but steady and rewarding.
Responding, Chairman of the Council, Chief Oluseye Okuboyejo, commended the Governor for his decision to form the Council, in order to acquire knowledge from elders, who had left indelible marks in their chosen professions, pledging the Council’s commitment in giving invaluable advice for the development of the State.
Press Officer, Office of the Governor