Ogun Govt. Begins Road Construction In Abeokuta

The Ogun State Government has commenced the construction of a 7.5km six-lane dual carriage, Ogun Standard Road, along the Enugada-Adatan-Ajitadun-Mokola-Ake axis in Abeokuta.

The State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, assured residents that the project and other ongoing projects across the state would be completed in record time.

While monitoring a demolition exercise to pave way for the road, Governor Amosun reaffirmed that his administration will not abandon any project.

He promised that more developmental projects that will be of immense benefit to Ogun citizens would be constructed before the end of his tenure.

The Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga, also thanked the people for their cooperation, saying there was no resistance of any kind against the demolition.

According to her, it was an indication that the people appreciate the development government is bringing to the area.

On his part, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Olamilekan Adegbite, said the State Government is paying a total of eight billion Naira as compensation for the houses affected by the demolition exercise.

Adegbite, who revealed that about two billion Naira had already been disbursed, added that apart from payment of compensation, the State Government is also providing temporary relocation support for the aged and physically challenged affected by the demolition exercise.

Some of the residents who spoke to reporters, Mr Sina Akinpelu and Mrs Monsurat Akinbile, expressed satisfaction with the development.

They urged the State Government to fast track the compensation plan, as well as ensure timely completion of the project as promised.

FG Presents Sports Equipment To 51 Primary Schools

FG Presents Sports Equipment To 51 Primary SchoolsThe Federal Government of Nigeria has presented sports equipment to about 51 public primary schools in Ogun state, southwest Nigeria.

This according to the government, is to develop talents at the grassroots in nine core areas of sporting activities such as athletics, badminton, football, volleyball for national and international sporting engagements.

At a ceremony held at the MKO Stadium in Abeokuta, the state capital, the representative of the Secretary to the Government of the federation, Amina Mohammed, reiterated the commitment of the federal government towards diversification of the economy through national and international sporting activities

“Let me state at this juncture that it is not by coincidence that this event is taking place at the early stage of the life of this administration.

“Even though the trust fund was established 11 years ago, today’s ceremony affirms the avowed commitment of this administration to change the life of every Nigerian positively in a manner that matters to them.

“Consistent with the economic blueprint of diversifying the economic base, the renewed focus on the lottery industry is a testimony that government is determined to harness needed resources wherever they may be found in order to continue to develop our economic potentials and apply them to the generality of Nigerians”.

Revenue Generation

Further, Mohammed added that “already, government has identified sports as a major revenue earner and capable of significantly contributing to our gross earnings outside of oil.

“Over the last three decades, we have imported a high number of youths with sports talents especially football, where they are excelling in major European leagues and even in Asia.

“It is with this realization that the policy on good causes is channeled to encourage more youth participation in sports”.

Local Manufacturing

“In the same vein, and in order to broaden the scope of participation and eliminate obstacles regarding access to certain sporting activities, especially the games considered as elitist, government is now encouraging the local manufacture of sports equipment and products.

“To this end, I am pleased to acknowledge the production of international quality football by the Research Institute for Chemical Technology, Zaria in Kaduna state,” she said.

The Ogun state Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, who represented the governor commended the federal government for the gesture, while promising that the sporting equipment would be judiciously used to boost sporting activities among the pupils across the state.

“The gesture by the presidency will further boost recreational activities in our schools and also develop sporting potentials in our youths at large.

“This administration of the Ibikunle Amosun will continue to encourage our children to participate in sporting activities right from their younger ages.

“Let me assure you at this juncture that our pupils and youths will make maximum use of the sporting equipment.

Mrs Onanuga then stressed that the government of Ogun state looks forward to more collaboration with the federal government.

Ogun Government Creates Jobs Through SMEs

Ogun-SMEs-JobsThe Ogun State government says it has created at least 13,000 direct jobs and 91,000 indirect jobs.

The government said that it was able to make the feat through the one billion Naira joint Ogun State and Bank of Industry (BOI) revolving loans awarded to beneficiaries at 7% interest.

The Ogun State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr Bimbo Ashiru, made the disclosure on Wednesday at the maiden Small and Medium Enterprises event, held at the Valley View Auditorium of the Government House in southwest Nigeria.

In her remark at the one day event, the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, urged participants to make use of the various initiatives being put in place by the state government to develop their businesses in conformity with the present economic realities.

She implored them to always discharge their civic responsibilities of paying their taxes and levies.

The event, tagged “Making SMEs a Valuable Addition to the Nigerian Commonwealth”, was organised by the Ogun State Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

Ogun State Partners With Germany On Rural Electrification

amosun Ogun State GovernorThe Ogun State government is in partnership with the German Government to improve power situation in rural communities in the state and enhance rapid development.

According to the Ogun state government, the partnership is aimed at bringing real development to the rural communities and reducing rural-urban migration.

The concrete steps toward power generation, through mini-grids, as an electrification instrument, is beginning with the training of some state officials on public-private participation for mini-grid development in rural communities of the state.

The German government is providing the training.

Senior officials of ministries, parastatals and government agencies and electrical engineers are being trained by the German Government to provide specific models and frameworks to improve mini-grids as an electrification instrument

Raise Standard Of Living

Representing the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, at the one-day training session, the state Deputy Governor, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, reiterated the commitment of the government towards rural development to raise the standard of living of the rural populace.

Nigeria with a population of about 170 million people requires at least 14,000 megawatts of electricity.

Currently, 4,000 megawatts is being generated, with its attendant negative effects as manifested in high cost of finished goods and unemployment among others.

The rural communities are not immune from this wide gap, a shortfall that the Ogun State government and the German government are trying to reduce.

To ensure the success of the project, the state government has expressed its willingness to partner with relevant government agencies and genuine private operators to ensure a sustainable transformation of the state’s rural landscape.

Since the government cannot meet up with the challenge of rural electrification through the connection to the national-grid, mini-grids as an electrification instrument should be adequately explored and encouraged.

Don’t take on leadership roles if you lack courage, Obasanjo warns

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has advised that anyone who lacks courage or seeks popularity should stay clear of assuming leadership positions.

He gave the admonition on Friday while reacting to series of eulogies on him at the inaugural Obasanjo lecture series, organized by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to honour him.

In his remark at the end of the lecture, the former President declared that any leader that is not ready to step on toes,  is not worth being the leader of any nation, as such will have nothing to offer.

He emphasized that anybody who is not courageous should not venture into accepting a leadership position, stressing that the quality of good leader is ability to act appropriately.

“If you don’t have courage on what to do as a leader, don’t accept leadership role. If you can’t defend your action, don’t accept leadership roles. It is either you are a leader or not. If you are afraid to do what is to be done, don’t accept to be a leader,” Mr. Obasanjo stressed.

He further added that for any nation to move forward, leaders must be ready to step on toes stressing that a qualitative leader must be able to defend his or her actions.

“You can’t be a leader and you say you don’t want to step on toes,” he said.

The event which held at the Cinema Hall of the Presidential Library Complex had notable dignitaries such as former Ghanaian President, John Kuffour; former Interim Head of State, Ernest Shonekan; Senate President, David Mark; and Ogun State Deputy Governor, Segun Adeseguna at the event.