Towards ensuring an all inclusive governance, Ogun State Government has decentralised the 2020 budget town hall meeting for full participation of concerned citizens, who will form parts of the decision making process, towards projects and programmes that would have optimum impact on the people across board.
Speaking at the meeting held at the Bisrod Hall, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun East Senatorial District, the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, said the meeting would cut across the three Senatorial Districts of the State, as it would help government achieve strategic allocation of resources.
Governor Abiodun added that, as a responsible and focused administration, his government understood the feelings of being excluded in the decision making process, hence, government decided to take the town hall meeting directly to the people to give them a sense of belonging.
“We will all recall that, over the years, people usually gather for the Town Hall Meeting at the June 12 Cultural Center, Kuto, Abeokuta, with the people mobilized from all the three Senatorial Districts, thereby making the journey uneasy for some stakeholders and impossible for others.
“As a responsible, responsive and focused government, we understand the stress and how it feels not to be part of the decision making process, so, in ameliorating these challenges, we have decided to take it to the people by organizing this town hall meeting in all the three Senatorial Districts of our dear State”, he said.
Abiodun assured that the meeting was not just a talk shop, but an avenue to hear what is needed by the people, adding that government would take copious note of all issues, comments, recommendations, proposals and even critiques which he said would reflect the 2020 Budget estimates.
The State helmsman noted that even though the current 2019 Budget prepared by the immediate past administration was not designed with the agenda of the present administration, his government has made best use of the budget to deliver on its campaign promises across the State.
He explained that, to manifest the desired outcomes in each of the three Senatorial Districts, all Local Governments and Communities should select Primary Schools, Primary Health Centres and roads they considered most important, to attract immediate attention.
In his welcome address, the Consultant to the Governor on Budget and Planning, Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan noted that, the meeting was the first interaction the Governor would be having with the people, as a commitment to providing good governance.
Olabimtan pointed out that the town hall meeting would avail the people an opportunity to have a sincere heart to heart talk with the Governor on the way forward.
Oluwafunso Obasan & Dare Majekodunmi
Press Officer, Office of the Governor & ZIO, Ijebu-Ode