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Abiodun reiterates administration’s commitment to revive, complete Olokola deep seaport

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Abiodun reiterates administration’s commitment to revive, complete Olokola deep seaport

By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe

Abiodun reiterates administration's commitment to revive, complete Olokola deep seaport

 

 

Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun has reiterated his administration’s commitment to reviving the Olokola deep seaport project.

This, he noted is in line with the transport master plan of the incumbent state government.

 

Abiodun reiterates administration's commitment to revive, complete Olokola deep seaport

 

 

Abiodun, who made this known while speaking at the 2022 Ojude Oba Festival, held in Ijebu Ode on Monday, gave the assurance that the project located in the Ogun Waterside Local Government Area would be completed and inaugurated by his administration.

“Let me formally announce the revival of the Olokola Deep Seaport in Ogun Waterside area of our state, this is in line with our transport master plan. And the promise I made to our people and our father, the Awujale, is that the port will be built in his lifetime and we will commission that deep sea port,” he said.

 

Abiodun reiterates administration's commitment to revive, complete Olokola deep seaport

 

 

 

 

Abiodun while noting that the theme of the festival, ‘The return of Ojude Oba’ is very apt considering that the festival was not celebrated in the last two years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, said that the celebration of the 2022 festival was an opportunity to gather, pay homage to the monarch and plan ahead for the new year.

He noted further that it was imperative for every son and daughter of Ijebuland to take the opportunity of the festival to plan for the continued development of Ijebu-Ode, Ijebuland and the state, said that his administration would continue to put in place measures that would help to develop the tourism sector

Abiodun reiterates administration's commitment to revive, complete Olokola deep seaport

 

 

 

 

The governor restated that his administration would not develop any part of the state at the expense of the other, disclosing that his administration had been able to deliver over one thousand five hundred affordable housing units across the state, reconstructed over a thousand classrooms, renovated over a hundred primary healthcare centers out of the two hundred and thirty-six targeted.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the year 2022 Ojude Oba Festival and Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while noting that the festival has grown to become one of the most important cultural events not only in the state, but in the country, said that the festival has continued to be the unifying symbol which cuts across faith and tribes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanwo-Olu commended his Ogun State counterpart for the great work done on the Ijebu-Ode-Epe expressway.

He also called for the unity of the Yoruba race as well as the support for the presidential bid of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu come 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Let me make this rallying call on all sons and daughters of the Yoruba race to pronounce that in the unifying spirit of the Ojude Oba festival, it is my hope and belief that the entire Yoruba race will rise up and unite as one to ensure that the candidacy of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a proud Lagosian and Yoruba man is supported,” he said.

In his welcome address, the chairman, Planning Committee of the festival, Wahab Osinusi, thanked God for the return of the festival after a two year break.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He urged the people of Ijebuland to be mindful of the security challenges confronting the nation, remain calm, peaceful and law abiding throughout the duration of the festival.

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Gov. Abiodun wins Good Governance Award in London

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Gov. Abiodun wins Good Governance Award in London

…says Ogun doors open to genuine investors

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The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has again won a good governance award.

The governor picked up the laurel at the Nigerian 62nd Independence Anniversary and Global Award Gala, held in London, the United Kingdom, on Saturday.

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A statement issued on Sunday by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin said the event was presided over by the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Amb. Sarafa Tunji Ishola and the President of National Trade Promotion Organizations (TPOs) in ECOWAS, Segun Awolowo, among other dignitaries.

Speaking at the event, Gov Abiodun reiterated that his administration would continue to collaborate with individuals and corporate bodies with genuine investment interest to drive its development plans aimed at improving the standard of living and well-being of the people.

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The governor who was represented by his Special Adviser on Basic Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo, stated that the aim of his administration was to open up the state for genuine investors and leverage on public-private partnership for the betterment of the people.

He noted that Ogun, because of its geographical location as closest to the busiest air and seaports in the country, busy road networks to other states and unlimited potentials for investors, holds the best atmosphere for investment in the country.

 

 

“Since the inception of our administration, our approach to governance was anchored on the theme of “Building Our Future Together”. Our vision remains to give Ogun State focused and qualitative governance and to create the enabling environment for a public-private sector partnership, which is fundamental to the creation of an enduring economic development and individual prosperity of the people of Ogun.

“In Nigeria today, our policies and programmes have become reference points to other States and for which we have been honoured by the government, non-government and independent agencies with numerous awards”, Abiodun stated.

 

 

 

He explained that his administration has been methodical, strategic and inclusive in its approach to governance, which ensures that no sector is less important than the other.

He emphasized that the state government has worked assiduously for even development of all areas and sectors and ensure that no section or sector of the state is developed at the expense of the other.

 

 

 

 

“Our dear state has witnessed a new vista in all sectors of our state’s economy. Our words are our bond with the people of Ogun State”, the governor pointed out.

He added that more road infrastructure that links the industrial hubs, adjoining states, urban and rural areas would be given all the needed attention, saying that the construction of the Agro Cargo International Airport was also part of the wholesome strategy towards developing air transport infrastructure, to boost the agricultural development agenda of his administration.

 

 

 

 

“We are unfolding our power infrastructural project that will guarantee stable power to most of our cities and industrial clusters. Our approach towards a sustainable economic development, resulting in
employment generation, poverty alleviation and food security has continued to yield bountifully.

“We have continued to reposition the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as part of our industrial revolution. This we have achieved through the empowerment of small businesses in our dear state”, he stated further.

 

 

 

 

Abiodun who dedicated the award to the people of the state for their support and cooperation, said “we are happy that this award is in recognition of our modest efforts in our approach to governance and which has continually demonstrated in concrete terms, the commitment towards a wholesome and sustainable development of our dear Ogun State”.

“Before today, we have had several awards in recognition of our contributions in different areas of human endeavour since the inception of our administration on 29th May, 2019.

 

 

“We have the awards as the Most Improved State on Security Infrastructure by Business Day Awards; Most Improved State on Agriculture and Economic Empowerment by Business Day Awards; Best State in ICT Penetration and Adoption; best State in ICT Infrastructure Development by the National Council on Communication and Digital Economy; SMEs Most Supportive Governor by Association of Small Business Owners of Nigeria, ASBON.

“We have also won the 2020 Best Governor on Education in Nigeria by the National Parent-Teacher Association, PTA; Best Education-Friendly Governor by All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools, ANCOPSS; 2020 Governor of the Year Award by the Nigeria Agriculture Awards, NAA; Best Governor on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSMEs); and so on”. Abiodun added.

 

 

 

He, however, used the occasion to call on foreign and local investors to take advantage of the numerous potentials abound in the state, declaring that his administration was ready to give them necessary assistance and cooperation.

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President Buhari Confers CFR National Honour on Ambassador Buratai

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President Buhari Confers CFR National Honour on Ambassador Buratai

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The full list for the year 2022 national honours has been released and over 400 personalities will be recipients

Former Army chief and current Nigeria’s ambassador to the Republic of Benin T.Y Buratai will be among this year’s recipients

Buratai will be conferred the national award of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR)

Former chief of army staff and Nigeria’s ambassador to the Republic of Benin T.Y Buratai has made the list of the 2022 national award of Commander of the Order of the Federal Republic (CFR). The former army boss joined 436 other prominent and noble Nigerians enlisted for this year’s award.

 

Reacting to this milestone, an ally of the ambassador, Dr. Mohammed Abubakar said the achievement was a well-deserved one.  He said the former army chief has played a huge role in keeping the peace of the nation despite all the trials and tribulations it has faced in time past. Dr. Abubakar said: “Let me make it categorically clear that I am happy for this National Award given by President Muhammadu Buhari to some distinguishing Nigerians. “I am one of those who have been expecting the President to honor General Buratai with a national award. This is because I am conversant with the kind of sacrifice, he made as Army Chief to safeguard our territorial borders and ensure internal security in Nigeria. “He might not have solved all the problems and the challenges of the Army but he left it far better than he met it. And so, I want to say that this national award of Commander of the Federal Republic, CFR is well deserved.”

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Nigeria at 62: Be hopeful, don’t despair, Gov. Abiodun admonishes

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Nigeria at 62: Be hopeful, don’t despair, Gov. Abiodun admonishes

Nigeria at 62

As Nigeria marks 62 years of her independence from the British, the Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has urged Nigerians not to despair and not be discouraged by the current socio-economic challenges facing the country, but be hopeful of a better tomorrow.

Abiodun said that Nigeria, like some other nations in the world is facing an economic downturn and bugged down by insecurity, but with resilience and determination, the country will soon surmount the challenges.

 

 

The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, saluted Nigerians for their perseverance and called for their support as well as cooperation with the government at all levels, especially at this critical period in the country’s polity.

He noted that for Nigeria to survive the civil war and various military incursions, and still stand as one entity, indicates how unique the country is.

 

 

Abiodun further urged Nigerians to draw their strength from the oneness of the country, trudge on and be optimistic of light at the end of a dark tunnel.

The governor, however, appealed to the citizens to pray and give optimum support to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government in its bid to take the country to the next level of economic development, security and stability.

 

 

He noted that no country has grown and developed without the sacrifices of founding fathers and the citizens, expressing optimism that Nigeria, with all the hands on the deck, will get to the Promised Land.

While maintaining that Nigerians must not give up on the country, the governor charged the citizens to always demonstrate patriotism and work for unity, peace and progress in Nigeria.

 

 

In Ogun State, Abiodun, reassured that his administration will continue to put in place, policies that will engender socio-economic development of the state, which in turn will ensure a prosperous ambience for the people.

He added that as a just and fair administration, developmental projects will continue executed equitably among the three senatorial districts.

 

 

The governor emphasised that the welfare, security of lives and property of Ogun people will continue to be at the front burner of his administration, while it will intensify efforts in creating a conducive ambience for investment to thrive in the state.

While congratulating Nigerians on the milestone of the 62nd Independence anniversary, Abiodun submitted that the country has every reason to celebrate our steady journey to greatness, since the lowering of the Union Jack on October 1st, 1960.

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