Abiodun Orders Investigations Into Herdsmen-Farmers Clash In Ogun

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The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has ordered the security agencies in the state to investigate the recent clash between herdsmen and farmers in the Yewa area of the state that led to the loss of life and destruction of properties.

He has also set up a Special Task Force that will maintain a presence in all areas of the state prone to herders/farmers conflict to maintain peace and quickly respond to any form of violence or crimes.

In a press statement issued by his chief press secretary, Kunle Somorin, the government is immediately setting up a joint security patrol team/task force involving all security agencies in the state to not only deal with the situation but to also nip in the bud any threat to violence or criminality.

“Our first priority in Ogun State is the safety of lives and properties of everyone, and we will not compromise on that,” he said

The governor who gave the order in Abeokuta at the end of the state Security Council meeting, also directed that those behind the recent violence in Eggua in Yewa North area local government area of the State should be brought to justice.

“We will not condone any act of criminality in the state no matter who is involved. The police and other security agencies have been directed to go after the perpetrators of this act and bring them to book. ”

“We will not allow anybody to disrupt the peace in Ogun State, and anyone who tries to test our resolve to maintain peace in our state will have himself or herself to blame”,

While commiserating with the family of the deceased, Governor Abiodun also expressed his sympathy to those who lost their farmlands as well as cows during the unfortunate incident.

“Our State is known for being a haven of peace, security, and harmonious relationship amongst people of different ethnic groups whether citizens or settlers who consider the State their home. This is a long and cherished tradition that we are proud of and which this Administration is committed to sustaining.

“We, therefore, condemn in strong terms the recent unfortunate violence orchestrated by certain elements by whipping up and capitalising on divisive ethnic sentiments to perpetuate an agenda that is inimical to public security and safety,”

While recalling the efforts of the state government to ensure the sustenance of the age-long peaceful co-existence between the local farmers and the herdsmen, the governor has convened an expansive stakeholders’ meeting to hold next week, involving farmers, herdsmen, and other stakeholders to bring about a lasting peace.

“Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased and those who lost their properties in the needless violence. This Administration is determined to end this unfortunate cycle of violence and we are hopeful that all the inclusive Stakeholders’ meetings will identify specific and practical initiatives that will achieve the desired end.

“In the meantime, all residents of the State are enjoined to continue to go about their lawful businesses and report any strange movements or threats to peace in their neighborhoods to the security agencies who have been put on red alert to respond swiftly and act decisively”, the statement concluded.

2021: Dapo Abiodun Signs N339bn Budget Into Law

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun has signed the proposed budget of N339bn for the 2021 fiscal year into law.

The budget tagged; budget of recovery and sustainability was signed before members of the State House of Assembly led by its Speaker, Taiwo Oluomo and members of the State Executive Council.

Governor Abiodun promised the Ogun citizens of improved infrastructure development, education, health care delivery, housing, and security.

While commending the House leadership for its commitment and dedication, the governor expressed optimism of a better 2021.

He also called for an understanding from the residents of the state to ensure that the successful implementation of the budget is for the good of all.

Celebrate Moderately, Adhere To COVID-19 Protocols, Abiodun Tells Ogun Residents

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

 

As Christians across the world celebrate Christmas and New Year season, Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has enjoined Nigerians to make moderation and thanksgiving their watchwords during and beyond the festive period.

The Governor, in his Christmas goodwill message to the residents of the state, maintained that as the Year 2020 has been a most challenging one, those fortunate enough to survive the vicissitudes of the year, especially the COVID-19 pandemic, must return glory to God and approach the season with thanksgiving and celebrate with moderation.

The governor cautioned that with the second wave of COVID-19, Christmas celebrations should be done with strict adherence to COVID-19 guidelines and protocols issued by the federal government and adopted in the State to keep up the fight against the dreaded virus during the festive season.

He cautioned the increasing numbers of coronavirus infections and urged people to think very carefully about their holiday season plans, especially merrymaking.

“The festive season is normally a time to show love, relax and celebrate but the current situation as occasioned by COVID-19 is far from the ideal,” he said

“Celebrations in approved size of social gatherings without observing the precautions such as social distancing, use of face masks and regular hand washing can very quickly turn to avenues for the super spread of the virus and undermine the gains we have recorded so far in the fight against this common enemy”

“Christmas is a season of love and giving. And I think the best way to show love and the best gift to give this season is the gift of health to ourselves and our loved ones during this Yuletide season and beyond.”

The governor urged all to continue to give thanks to the Almighty from the depth of their hearts as survivors of the dreaded coronavirus and 2020

” we are all beneficiaries of divine benevolence, grace and glory. So as we honour and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, we must not be carefree in our conduct and we must be considerate about public health and safety.”

Above all, Gov. Abidoun admonished Nigerians to embrace the virtues and essence of Christmas. “The season symbolizes Jesus Christ – the harbinger of peace, love, good tidings and hope. It therefore behoves us all to manifest the essence of this season by showing love, being our brother’s keeper and keeping hope of a better future alive” he said.

He further urged all residents of the State to ensure that all the positives of Christmas do not end with the festive period but that they consciously act to keep the generosity, restraint, modesty, love and the happiness that make Christmas a special season into their daily lives and living, so that every day after Christmas would be a special day.

Kogi, Ogun Governors Felicitate With Buhari At 78

 

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and his Ogun counterpart, Dapo Abiodun have felicitated with President Muhammadu Buhari on his 78th birthday.

Bello in a statement he personally signed on Thursday described Buhari as a general, noting that the President has been a source of inspiration to him and many others.

“Your Excellency, you have been a great father, mentor and source of inspiration to me in particular and many of your loyalists across the federation,” he said.

“Over the last five years of your administration, you have shown strong leadership, dedication and commitment to the overall development and growth of all facets of our dear country, Nigeria.

“You have no doubt achieved a lot in delivering your campaign promises to the Nigerian amidst daunting challenges of insecurities which you have continued to tackle head-on over the past five years.”

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According to Bello, Nigeria has continued to witnessed infrastructural development across all the geopolitical zones of the country under President Buhari’s administration.

On his part, the Ogun Governor wished President Buhari well in what he described as the arduous task of nation-building.

“As you continue to serve our nation with an uncommon sense of patriotism and unwavering dedication, I thank Almighty God for granting you a life of great accomplishments and abiding fulfillment,” Governor Abiodun was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin.

“I have no doubt that as you celebrate your birthday, you will be more concerned about the myriad of challenges facing the nation and how to resolve them to the advantage of our people”, he said.

“We in Ogun State share in both the joy and challenges and pray that this birthday will bring you the good fortune to address the security, economic and political challenges facing our country. Happy Birthday Mr President and many happy returns.”

Anthony Joshua’s Victory Is A ‘Worthy Christmas Gift’, Says Ogun Governor

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. Photo: [email protected]

 

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has congratulated world boxing champion, Anthony Joshua, in his title defence against his Bulgarian opponent, Kubrat Pulev in London on Saturday.

The governor in a statement issued on Sunday by his media aide, Kunle Somorin, in Abeokuta said Joshua displayed the “Ogun standard of excellence.”

According to Governor Abiodun, the victory is a well-deserved Christmas gift, adding that the victory will inspire others to do more.

“All of us in the state, irrespective of our religious affiliations prayed for his success. That the feat happened in London, last night can be regarded as a worthy Christmas gift from God and AJ to all of us in Ogun State. God answered us,” he said.

“God still answers prayers. We return all glory to God Almighty for granting our hearts’ desire for our brother, Anthony Joshua, to retain the IBF, WBA and WBO titles.”

Abiodun said the Ogun-born Joshua made Nigerians proud and restored confidence that in spite of the country’s challenges, the nation will overcome.

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The governor also commended Joshua for his determination, hard work, resilience and focus, which he described as virtues ingrained in the DNA of Ogun people.

“May he, continue with the winning streak ad infinitum. My joy is unquantifiable. Our government has always dimensioned sports as not only a unifying factor but a socio-economic imperative.

“He has made us proud by exhibiting these traits and the can-do spirit of Ogun people. On our path, we would provide the necessary incentives to all our ambitious young men and women to become World Champions in all considerable areas of sports, not only in boxing.

The Ogun governor also reiterated his administration’s commitment to developing sports in the state, noting that doing so would pull more people out of poverty and tame insecurity, social strife and crimes.”

“We are poised to fix our stadia, upgrade facilities, train sportsmen and women, motivate coaches and develop talents starting from the grassroots,” the governor added.

 

Eid-El-Maulud: Ortom, Abiodun, Ayade Preach Peace And Unity

 

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom; Ogun State governor Dapo Abiodun and Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade has felicitated with Muslims as they celebrate Eid-El-Maulud to commemorate the birth of Prophet Muhammad.

Governor Ortom in his message urged the Muslim faithful to use the occasion to pray for peace and unity of Nigeria.

He said what Nigeria needs at this time is justice, fairness, equity, and an end to impunity, beginning from leaders to those led.

Governor Abiodun in his goodwill message urged all citizens to rededicate themselves to the teachings and exemplary life of the Holy Prophet.

The governor reminded the public that the Holy Prophet stood for peace and unity during his lifetime, hence, he urged Nigerian youths to remain law-abiding and resist the temptation to be used as tools of wanton destruction.

Governor Ayade, however, said there is a need for every Nigerian citizen to pray and forgive one another, irrespective of religious, ethnic, or political belief at this trying time in the country.

He urged Muslim Ummah to use the period of the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace, stability, and togetherness in the country, saying that a prosperous Nigeria hinges on peaceful co-existence irrespective of the grievances.

Don’t Incite Ethnic Crisis, Ogun Govt Warns Groups

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Ogun State Government has warned groups against insightful and provocative statements capable of causing an ethnic crisis in the state.

This is according to a statement issued on Sunday by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, Kunle Somorin.

Somorin noted that the warning is sequel to video clips, making the rounds on the social media posted by certain individuals and groups to the effect that some ethnic groups should leave the South-West region within 48 hours.

The governor’s spokesman advised those concerned to “desist from heating up the polity, fanning the ember of discord among ethnic groups in the state.”

For Somorin, the state government considers such pronouncements unfortunate, provocative, reckless and irresponsible.

“Ogun will remain home to all Nigerians and foreigners who have legitimate reasons to live, work, visit or do business here. We shall also protect their lives and properties and look after their wellness, welfare and wellbeing,” he said.

“It is a well-known fact that Yoruba, especially of Ogun state extraction, are cosmopolitan, urbane and too civilized to discriminate against people on account of their ethnic origin, religion or circumstances of birth.

“These unpatriotic individuals neither represent the views of the Yoruba race that is reputed to be accommodating, tolerant and hospitable. They are definitely not speaking for the Yoruba and the good people of Ogun state.

“We advise that rather than dissipating energies on divisive ventures, YYF and their ilk should deploy more time and resources to support causes that promote Nigeria’s unity especially good inter and intra ethnic relations within the context of our unity in diversity.”

Somorin explained that security agents have been put on red alert to be more vigilant, apprehend and deal decisively with people disguising as promoters of self-serving Yoruba agenda.

#EndSARS: Dapo Abiodun Inaugurates Panel To Investigate Police Brutality

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

 

The Ogun state governor, Dapo Abiodun has inaugurated an eight-man judicial panel of investigation to probe the alleged human rights abuses and police brutality in the state.

Justice Solomon Olugbemi (Rtd) will be heading the panel while Oluwatosin Ogundele is the secretary.

Addressing the panel members at the State Executive Chamber of the governor’s office in the state capital, Abiodun charged them to discharge their assignment with the utmost sense of responsibility to the people of the state

The judicial panel of investigation which has six months to discharge its responsibility has as part of its terms of reference, to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality and human rights abuse, evaluate evidence brought before it, and recommend compensation where necessary

The panel has the conference room of the new judiciary complex Kobape, where residents are expected to submit their memoranda.

#EndSARS: Abiodun Sets Up Panel Of Inquiry, Others On Police Brutality In Ogun

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun. Photo: [email protected]

 

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has appointed members of three committees on cases of police brutalities in the state.

This comes as youths continue the #EndSARS protests in Ogun and other parts of the country.

The committees are Judicial Panel of Investigation, Special Security and Human Rights Committee, and Human Rights Complaints Office.

Governor Abiodun’s Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.

Justice Solomon Olugbemi (rtd) is the chairman of the Judicial Panel of Investigation which has the Chief State Counsel at the State Ministry of Justice, Mrs Oluwatosin Ogundele, as its secretary.

Its members are Olayinka Folarin (Chairman, Ogun State Coalition of Civil Societies), Omonajevwe Abiri (International Federation of Women Lawyers – FIDA), and Deputy Inspector General of Police Babatunde Ogunyanwo (rtd).

Others are AbdulJabar Ayelagbe (Chairman, National Youth Council, Ogun State Chapter), Bamgbose Tomiwa, (NANS Chairman, Ogun State), and Aisekegbe Momodu (National Human Rights Commission – NHRC, Ogun State).

According to the statement, the Committee is to receive and investigate complaints of police brutality, human rights violations and related extra-judicial killings in the state.

It also has the mandate to evaluate evidence presented and recommend compensation and other remedial measures for victims, where appropriate.

On the other hand, Governor Abiodun is the chairman of the Special Security and Human Rights Committee which has heads of the security agencies in Ogun, as well as head of any police special tactical unit charged with fighting armed robbery and other violent crimes, as members.

Babatunde Adeluola is representing the youth while representatives of the civil society are Peju Osoba of Child First Welfare International, and Obatungashe Adebayo who is the deputy national president of the Campaign for Democracy (CD).

“This Committee is charged, amongst others, with the task of ensuring the protection of the rights of citizens by all security and law enforcement agencies; monitor the prosecution of any officer indicted by the Presidential Panel on Police Reforms; and entertain complaints of human rights violations from the State’s Human Rights Complaints Office,” the statement added.

A file photo of #ENDSARS protesters.

 

The trio of Joseph Ogunniyi who is the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ota Branch; Bamidele Adebayo who is the Director of the Department of Citizens Rights at the State Ministry of Justice; and Shodeinde Oluwaponmile who is the Ogun State Coordinator of the NHRC; are in charge of the Human Rights Complaints Office.

The committee is to facilitate easy access of complainants to prompt attention and assistance and give regular reports to the Special Security and Human Rights Committee for action.

Somorin stated that the appointments were in line with the resolution of the National Economic Council at its meeting on Thursday.

He noted that a seed fund of N50 million has been set aside as a start-up amount to enable payment of monetary compensation to deserving victims, under the Victims’ Support Fund.

In addition, the governor’s aide said his principal has announced the setting up of the Ogun State Human Rights Complaints Reporting Portal.

This, according to him, will be accessible to all citizens of the state to upload documentary and audio/ video evidence of cases of abuse.

Somorin hinted that that state government would establish a forensic laboratory to aid and support police investigations and crime scene management.

He added that the state would invest in the continuous training of police officers on investigation best practices, community policing, and intelligence gathering.

“The governor assured citizens that the committees need to be allowed a chance to activate measures to end human rights violations and compensate victims of previous abuses.

“The Committees will be inaugurated next week,” the statement said.

#SARSMUSTEND: Youths Have Been Taken For Granted In The Past, Says Gov Abiodun

File Photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun

 

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun says Nigerian leaders must ensure a paradigm shift on matters concerning the youths, saying that leaders had always taken the youths for granted in the time past and for too long.

He disclosed this on Wednesday in Abeokuta when addressing the #ENDSARS campaigners who marched on his office in a peaceful protest at Oke-Mosan in the state capital.

“I think that in times past, we have sort of taken you for granted and I am saying that with all sense of responsibility,” Governor Abiodun said.

“We have taken our youths for granted because the issues you are raising today are not new to us. They are issues we have been living with for so many years.”

The governor said that the Federal government had no choice but to listen to the voice of the protesters, adding that the Nigeria Police and other security services need to put a stop to the brutalities being experienced across the country.

“The youths have a voice that must be given attention. The whole country has listened to you. As a matter of fact, the whole world is listening to you.

“You have demonstrated commitment, you have shown that you can rise up when the occasion warrant it and you can speak out,” he added.

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He, however, appealed to the youths to give the government a chance to start implementing the needed reforms of the Force, noting that their action was an indication that they are citizens whose voices matter.

“Really, you have succeeded and I think what you have to do is to allow us to begin to see the implementation of these reforms. You know the implementation will not be instant because it will take time for them to be visible.

“I want to plea with you, let us give these reforms a chance to work. Let us try and see how to wind down these protests.

“You have the right to protest anytime as no one can take that away from you. What we must ask ourselves is, is the government committed, have they shown symbolism? I believe government symbolism.”

While acknowledging that there has been a breakdown of trust between the government and the citizens, the governor explained that for it to be restored, citizens must trust their government to do what was right at all times.

Governor Abiodun said he has identified with the pains of the protesters and as their representative, it was imperative he act on their feedback, assuring that he and his colleagues were deliberating on how to ensure that their voice was not only heard, but demands were met.

He said the government would not charge those arrested in the course of the protest as he has ordered the release of those arrested for vandalizing a police station and his Deputy’s car by the security agents.

Ogun Govt Announces Automatic Promotion For Students, Fixes Resumption Date

Wearing face-masks, final year students of Government Secondary School, Zone 3, Abuja, sit in a classroom as they write their West African Examinations Council exams, following the ease of COVID-19 lockdown order on Monday August 17, 2020. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels Television.
A file photo of students in SS 3, writing their West African Examinations Council exams, following the ease of COVID-19 lockdown order on Monday, August 17, 2020. Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

All students except those in tertiary institutions have been given an automatic promotion to the next class by the Ogun State Government which announced September 21 for the reopening of schools in the state for the first term of 2020/2021 session.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin, made the announcement in a statement on Monday.

This is in addition to the earlier resumption of students in exit classes.

According to Mr Somorin, the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, approved the reopening of schools for all classes in primary and secondary schools, Technical and Vocational Colleges, and Tertiary Institutions.

He noted that a resumption schedule for public schools has been developed as part of efforts to meet the COVID-19 guidelines.

Students in primary one to three will attend classes from 8.00 am to 11.00 am, while pupils in primary four to six will learn from 12 noon to 3:00 pm.

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In secondary schools, students in JSS 1 to JSS 3 are to attend classes from 8.00 am to 11.00 am and students in senior classes will be in school from mid-day through to 3:00 pm.

However, the CPS noted that technical and vocational colleges will operate their normal school hours of 8.00 am to 2.00 pm, while tertiary institutions are “allowed to commence reopening from 21 September 2020 as may be determined by their respective management.”

The Governor’s spokesman added that private schools are expected to take necessary measures to meet the COVID-19 protocols for physical distancing, among other requirements.

He stated that students between the ages of 3 to 5 will not be resuming in public schools until the next phase of schools’ reopening.

“It should be noted that the government had earlier announced that all students had been given an automatic promotion to the next class, including automatic placement for primary 6 students in public primary schools into JSS1 of public secondary schools.

“However, primary 6 students desirous of placement into the State-owned Boarding Schools will sit for the Common Entrance Examination on Saturday, 12 September 2020,” the statement read in part.

“The hitherto JSS3 students who have now been promoted to SS1 will write their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in October 2020.”

Mr Somorin noted that part of the COVID-19 guidelines issued for reopening of schools is still in effect because the management of the virus has been deliberate in ensuring safety for children while minimising the disruption in the school learning calendar.

Read the full statement below:

The Ogun State Government has announced Monday, 21 September 2020 for the reopening of schools in the state for the first term of 2020/2021 session in addition to the earlier resumption of students in SS3 who are currently writing the West African School Certificate Examination.

In a Press Statement issued in Abeokuta by Kunle Somorin, his Chief Press Secretary, Governor Dapo Abiodun announced that this second phase of the reopening of schools is extended to all classes in primary and secondary schools, Technical and Vocational Colleges, and Tertiary Institutions.  However, as part of the efforts to meet the COVID-19 guidelines for school operations, the school hours are staggered as follows for public schools.

  • Primary 1 to primary ​​​​8.00am    to 11.00am
  • Primary 4 to Primary 6​​​​12.00noon to 3.00pm
  • JSS 1 to JSS3​​​​​8.00am to 11.00am
  • SS1 to SS3​​​​​12.00noon to 3.00pm
  • Technical and Vocational will operate their normal school hours from 8.00 am to 2.00 pm

Early Child Care Development and Education classes i.e 3-5 years of age will not be resuming in public schools until the next phase of schools’ reopening.

  • Private schools are also expected to take necessary measures to meet the COVID-19 protocols for physical distancing, among other requirements.
  • Tertiary institutions are allowed to commence reopening from 21 September 2020 as may be determined by their respective Management.

It should be noted that the government had earlier announced that all students had been given an automatic promotion to the next class, including automatic placement for primary 6 students in public primary schools into JSS1 of public secondary schools.

However, primary 6 students desirous of placement into the State-owned Boarding Schools will sit for the Common Entrance Examination on Saturday, 12 September 2020.

The hitherto JSS3 students who have now been promoted to SS1 will write their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in October 2020.

The Statement emphasised that the COVID-19 guidelines earlier issued for reopening of schools are still in effect and include:

  • Provision of Sick bays / Isolation rooms in schools.
  • Training and designation of some teachers as first-line responders
  • Use of face masks
  • A regular check of body temperature with infrared thermometers
  • Provision of adequate hand washing facilities and alcohol-based sanitisers for students and teachers;
  • Maintaining physical distancing of 2 meters
  • Decontamination of schools prior to resumption;
  • Suspension of the general assembly.

“Our approach to COVID-19 pandemic management has been deliberate, methodical, focused, inclusive and carefully balanced between life and livelihood and this has manifested in the steps we have adopted to the reopening of schools, ensuring the safety of our children whilst minimising disruption in their education. The guidelines are applicable to all schools in the state whether private or public.

I have directed the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology to provide all public schools with the required items to meet the guidelines and private school owners are enjoined to do the same.

I charge our students to take full benefits of the reopening of the schools for their educational advancement and wish them a very fulfilling 2020/2021 academic year”, the Governor said.

e-signed

Kunle Somorin

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor

Ogun Govt Seeks To Construct FG Corridor Roads

 

The Ogun State Government has hinted on plans to take over the reconstruction and rehabilitation of some major Federal Government roads within the state.

This was disclosed by the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, who briefed State House journalists after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa on Thursday.

According to the governor, the move is in conjunction with the Lagos State Government.

While listing the impact his administration has made in its first year in office, Mr Abiodun said that Ogun State remains a gateway to Lagos and the rest of the country.

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He stressed that it is important for his administration to focus on providing key infrastructure across the state, in order to boost business confidence and industrialisation.

“We see ourselves as the expansion corridor for Lagos and it requires that we provide the right infrastructure to allow people to come between Lagos and our state and to go back.

“In our first one year, we have intervened in almost 90km of roads, out of which 22km has been completed and they are ongoing. We are now going to the next phase – these are internal and border roads.”

The governor said he also came to inform President Buhari on the challenges facing the state, one of which is the deplorable condition of the two major roads,  which he said is the only link to Nigeria’s biggest industrial hub, the Agbara Industrial Estate.

He stressed that the situation with the Agbara-Atan road has become a major threat to investors and multinationals in the state.

“Our biggest industrial hub in this country is the Agbara Industrial Estate; there is a road that goes from Agbara to Lusada and to Atan, that road leads the estate and it is in such deplorable state that trailers coming from the port to the industrial estate and back, continue to have accidents and delays, to the point where some of the multinationals are threatening to leave the country.

“We have decided to intervene in this road as a state and we want the President to know that we are going to construct this road at our expense and inform the Federal Ministry of works that we will be making the demand for a refund of the construction of that road,” he stated.

Stressing further, governor Abiodun said the plan for the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta road, is for Ogun and Lagos States to collaborate to rebuild the road and commercialise it, noting it would be impossible for the Federal Government to attend to all the roads under its control at the same time.

“Lagos, Ota and Abeokuta road is the second busiest road in the country, and as a state government with Lagos, we have asked Mr President to transfer the road to us and we will commercialise it.”

He, however, noted that President Buhari was pleased with the discussion and has promised to give the necessary support to see the economic growth of the region.

The governor also revealed that 1870 houses will be built across three senatorial districts as part of efforts to sustain the economic development in the state.