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Ogun: Dapo Abiodun’s Infrastructure As A Drive To Economic Prosperity




Ogun: Dapo Abiodun’s Infrastructure As A Drive To Economic Prosperity

Dapo Abiodun

“Infrastructures are essential services that should be put in place to enable development. Socio-economic development can be facilitated and accelerated by the presence of social and economic infrastructures.”
-Dr K. A. Familoni, Economist

What is happening in Ogun State where Governor Dapo Abiodun is spreading projects around all the Senatorial Districts like confetti, and the way the citizens within and outside perceive this is analogous to the tale of the elephant and the blind men of Hindustan. A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to the town, but none of them was aware of its shape and form. Out of curiosity, they said: “We must inspect and know it by touch, of which we are capable”. So, they sought it out, and when they found it they groped about it. The first person, whose hand landed on the trunk, said, “This being is like a thick snake”. For another one whose hand reached its ear, it seemed like a kind of fan. Another person, whose hand was upon its leg, said, the elephant is a pillar like a tree trunk. The blind man who placed his hand upon its side said to the elephant, “is a wall”. Another who felt its tail described it as a rope. The last felt its tusk, stating the elephant is that which is hard, smooth and like a spear.




While many perceive the achievements of Governor Abiodun, especially in the area of infrastructure, differently, this writer, like one of the Hindustan men, wants to view it from the prism of how it enhances economic development. From day one, Governor Abiodun appreciated (and still does) the role of investment as the engine of economic growth. For this, he established the Ogun State Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency. It was “with a mandate to attract investors into the State; coordinate the private sector investment activities, and streamlining processes and procedures to ease the investors’ journey to setting up their operations successfully in the state.” Other supplementary initiatives include capacity building for well over 500 entrepreneurs across the State to enable them to access financing and also scale up their businesses; empowerment of over 2500 rural women across the state through the provision of products worth N100m; land acquisition within 30-day for the issuance of C of Os through the launch of an online portal and above all Ogun State Land Administration and Revenue Management System (OLARMS).

Governor Abiodun recognises the global nexus between economic development through investments and the provision of infrastructure. And he has been doing just that. Over 270km of new roads, accumulating to 661.76km, and 99.1km, cutting across the three senatorial districts have either been constructed or reconstructed, while over 562.63km of roads are ongoing throughout the state.







When some media executives embarked on a facility tour of our state, piloted by the Commissioner for Works and Housing, Engineer Ade Akinsanya, they had a first-hand feel of the infrastructural developments going on. The tour train moved to the Abeokuta-Sagamu expressway where they saw the flyover bridge over the Sagamu-Benin expressway. The visitors touched the Ijebu-Ode Mojoda expressway, Molipa express on Ibadan road, Igan road in Ago Iwoye and many other places. Inner city roads were not left out. The visitors saw the road linking Molusi College, Owode-Ilaro road and Atan-Lusada road, among others. The housing projects at Kemta and other areas were spectacular.

Not a few of the visitors wondered about the si, simultaneous works going on in the Ilishan-Ago Iwoye road, the Sagamu-Iperu roundabout, Oba Eriwole road, the Ilaro-Owode road, Somorin-Kemta road, Olomore-Sani road or the Mile 2-Ayetoro road. The tour train moved to the Ijebu-Ode Epe road constructed by Craneburg. That road was commissioned by President Mohammadu Buhari recently. The Atan-Lusada road was another major project that the people saw.






In Ogun Central, the Abiodun government built the Obantoko road, Ikoritameje Adenrele/Close Titan Vespa road, Idi Aba-Oke Lantoro road, the Abeokuta-Shagamu expressway, the Channels TV road in Isheri, Panseke-Adigbe road, the flyover bridge at Kuto, Lafenwa Rounder-Ayetoro road, Adatan Gbonagun road, Arepo road (for which members of the press had agitated for years), Somorin Kemta-Idi Aba road, Osoba-Toyin Agbado road, Itori junction road, Olomore Sani road and the Akute-Ishasi road. Road projects are ongoing at Old Bank road-Oritameje Coker, Mowe Ofada, Siun, Sango Roundabout to I joke bridge and Oke Aro-Ojodu.

Ogun East Senatorial District is also feeling the impact of Dapo Abiodun’s infrastructural spread, especially in communities such as Oru-Awa Ilaporu, Molipa, Fusigboye, Ayegun, Ojofa, Asafa Oke and Asafa Isale. Irgun-Ilisa road, Idarika Street road, Olabisi Onajole Road and Araromi Sokoto street road, has made their lives.







Among others, the administration has completed the Esure-Ijebu Mushin road, Igan road, Ekinrin-Idowa-Ibefun-Itokin road, Awujale road, Ijebu Ode-Epe/Sagamu Benin interchange flyover bridge, Molusi College road, Ilishan market road, Iperu-Roundabout Ode phase 2, Obafemi Awolowo Way-Mada Takete and the Molipa-Ibadan road. Residents of Oyingbo, Olisa, Saka Ashiru, Togburin, Agoda, and Tigara, among others, know the relief that building their roads has brought to their communities. They can attest to the work done in other areas, including the Sagamu Ode Lemo road and the Ikenne-Alishan Ago Iwoye road. In Ogun West, it has projects galore from Ikola to Osi Ikola, from Raypower road to Igbesa-Ejinla road; from Imshai-Igan to Ayetoro; and from the Ilaro-Owode road, the Oke Ola road in Imeko, the Ilashe Koko-Alari road and the Ado Odo-Ikoga road. The ongoing work in these communities is ennobling, as are the works in Atan-Lusada-Agbara-Marogbo, and Singer to Toll Gate, among others. The Lusada-Atan Agbara road, in particular, is crucially important to the South-West, Nigeria and indeed the West African sub-region: it hosts the biggest industrial complex in Nigeria.

The Projects and the Economy
Among the projects visited was the ongoing Agro-Cargo Airport project, located at Ilishan-Remo which is expected to be completed before the end of this year. According to the Governor, the construction of the airport which commenced in March 2022 would witness its first official landing of cargo planes less than six months from now.
For its economic importance, the Ogun State Government, on 8 September 2022, received a Special Award for Concept and Design of the state airport at the Aviation and Cargo conference organised by AVIACargo Journal in partnership with







When he received the award on behalf of Governor Dapo Abiodun at the Lagos Marriott Hotel, Ikeja, the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya, said the Agro Cargo Airport under construction is a very viable project with the socio-economic impact that would be felt across the value chain of the agro-processing sub-sector.

Akinsanya, while explaining that the project is not just an airport but a centre for value-added services, said the agro-serving aspect is the most interesting because it would be a conglomeration of agro-processing companies that turn materials into finished goods. He said, “The airport will also provide facilities for cargo processing, storage, warehouses and training centre, among others. This is an aerotropolis. The Agro-Cargo Airport will serve as a conglomeration to agro-processing companies as well as aerotropolis that have added value services when completed.”







Another project that has high economic value is the 19- kilometre Atan- Lusada-Agbara road in the Ado-Odo/ Ota Local Government Area of the state. When the Governor inspected the project in May this year, he said the road which was in very bad shape for a long time, would be provided with a fire station and an ambulance to take care of emergencies ranging from accidents and other unfortunate incidents, when completed.

In his words: “This very road is what earned us the industrial capital of this country. Before now, the condition of this road was nothing to write home about. It was in complete disrepair, rendering a lot of business moribund. Companies were closing shops and going somewhere else. Some even left the country and we thought this was not good enough.






“I made a presentation to President Muhammadu Buhari to take over the road because it is a road of economic importance and we can not claim to live up to our responsibility without taking up the repair of the road.

“Apart from leading to the industrial hub state’s industrial serves as a link to Lagos, neighbouring states and some states in the north, so, it became imperative for us to put the road in good condition”, he stated.








Apart from the Lusada axis road, others scattered all over the state will enable farmers to bring their goods to the cities like Lagos for sale. For industrialists, the roads will make for easy delivery of products from factories to consumption points. By extension, the presence of good infrastructure will be an infrastructure for global investment capital. Businesses will also spring up there and this will mean more revenue to the state government by way of taxation.

And for the roads that the government has started, one of which is the Ijoko, Alagbole and Ojodu highway, will shoot up the value of properties in the Ogun, Lagos boundary communities when completed. According to Engineer Akinsanya: “Already, contracts have been awarded for segment one from Sango and segment six from Akute with work already going on simultaneously”. He added that the contract of the road had been awarded to the tune of N300million to rehabilitate the remaining four segments by making them drivable before their complete reconstruction.





He said: “the Sango-Akute-Alagbole road is a 32-kilometre road awarded by the previous administration and unfortunately abandoned. What we are doing now is that instead of six lanes, we have re-scoped the road and our contractor is moving to the Sango-Ijoko area, working on that and of course the Lagos end. Segments one and six have been awarded. Included in the work is the palliative work that will ensure that from phase 2 to phase 5 should be motorable all Sango to Yakoyo end by December.”

For the ever-busy Lagos-Abeokuta expressway which is one of the major arteries linking Lagos with Ogun, Governor Abiodun announced that rehabilitation of some bad portions of the express road, grouped into five sections would be awarded for rehabilitation.
He said, “From toll gate to underneath the bridge at Sango, I am very confident that between two to three weeks, it would have completed the stretch of the road from tollgate to the bridge.






“The last time I was here, I promised that this road will be reconstructed within two weeks and I have come back today to ensure that the promise we made then has been kept.

“I also inspected the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta road, starting from the old tollgate section, which is completely non-existent, it has failed. I have since awarded the contract for sectional rehabilitation of that road, all the way to Ewekoro. Work has started.”




* Tope Adewale-Coker, a public affairs analyst, writes from Abeokuta, Ogun State

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TINUBU: Femi Fani-kayode Blasts Ex-Member Of UK parliament,  George Galloway





President Bola Tinubu felicitates with Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum, as he marks his 54th birthday on August 25, 2023.




While rejoicing with family, friends and associates of the beloved political leader, whose vision and selfless diligence continues to inspire, President Tinubu affirms that the Borno State Governor has redefined leadership in Nigeria by fully committing to the welfare and security of his constituents above all considerations, driving a message of renewed hope in both the young and the old, even as he rebuilds institutions and infrastructure that were torn apart by many years of insurgency.





President Tinubu notes the courageous zeal of the young Administrative Icon in bringing comprehensive change, which dates back to his tenure as an educationist, holding many positions such as: Deputy Dean and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Engineering in the University of Maiduguri; Rector of Ramat Polytechnic; and later, Commissioner of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement under former Borno State Governor Kashim Shettima, who is now the nation’s Vice President.

The President prays for more years of strength, courage, and wisdom for Governor Zulum.

Ajuri Ngelale
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
August 24, 2023

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Why Dapo Abiodun Deserves Another Term In Ogun State By Femi Oyewale



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Why Dapo Abiodun Deserves Another Term In Ogun State By Femi Oyewale



To know the good from the bad, study a man or woman’s history of actions, not their record of intentions.

Suzy Kassem




Arguably,  the Ogun State Governor,  Prince Dapo Abiodun deserves another term in governance. His strategic intentional act about transforming Ogun state amidst scarce revenue is worthy of honour.



Why Dapo Abiodun Should Be Given Another Chance To Rule Ogun State By Femi Oyewale


Objectively, Governor Abiodun is a responsive and responsible first-class citizen of Ogun State. Despite the political and bureaucratic tentacles, entanglement, and traps surrounding him, he has been able to wriggle his way out in advancing the course of governance in the state.




Of a truth, many naysayers will not agree with the fact that he merited a second chance because, but the truth remains that for continuity,  performance, and advancement,  you can’t change a winning team. No leader is perfect and no leader can meet the needs of the citizens fully, but a performing governor needs more time to actualize his visionary agenda without politicking…





One thing you can’t take away from Dapo Abiodun is the fact that he is a responsive governor. For instance, the condition of St. Kizito’s High School, a secondary school in Iwopin, Ogun Waterside, Ogun State this year shook the internet. A video capturing this condition showed a classroom of students writing their promotion exams on the bare floor. The goal of the video was to shame Governor Abiodun as he prepares for the 2023 gubernatorial election, and turn the heart of the Ogun State people against him,






However, Governor Abiodun rose to the occasion and not in the manner anticipated by his detractors. Rather than point accusing fingers at his predecessor, which is what many other governors have done when faced with the same situation, Abiodun immediately sent furniture over to St. Kizito’s High School. Moreover, Abiodun’s constructive response came less than 12 hours after the video started making rounds, showing that he cares more about the students than about holding up the reputation they had attempted to ruin.





Moreover, even neutral onlookers have noted that although Abiodun could not have known about such a situation in his state, it is already quite amazing that he responded quickly and without submitting an excuse or counter-accusation.





With this achievement, Governor Abiodun continues to hold his position as one of the country’s more responsive, progressive, and visionary governors.

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Also, from the rebuilding of the Abeokuta-Sagamu interchange road to the Epe-Ijebu Ode Expressway, and the different infrastructural development, including improvement in Education and quality Health-care,  Governor Abiodun’s strategic intentions about transforming Ogun state into an industrial capital of the continent, particularly with the new Ogun state Agro-Cargo Airport which is dubbed to be the first truly International Cargo Airport in Nigeria and the fastest constructed airport in the continent. Cannot be contested.










Amidst distractions and limitations, He has been firing on all cylinders, ensuring that the ISEYA mantra comes to reality. From road infrastructure to housing, health, education, agriculture, and the digital sector, evidence abounds of policies and plans executed to change the development narrative and take the state to enviable heights. As described by Governor Dapo Abiodun himself, the projects executed by his administration “have the inputs and are informed by the needs of the people as expressed by them at different engagement fora.” This, he avers, “is because we anchor our Building our Future Together Agenda on inclusiveness, equity, fairness, transparency, accountability, justice, and obedience to the rule of law.”









No less a personality than the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), attested to this vision when he inaugurated projects in the state, including the Ijebu-Ode-Epe road, a strategic arterial road that links the Lekki/Epe corridor of Lagos State to the eastern corridor of Ogun State at Ijebu-Ode, provides a ready alternative to the Lagos/Ibadan expressway for those going to Lekki and adjoining areas and provides a fillip for socio-economic activities in the South-East and South-South zones of Nigeria through the linkage of the road to Sagamu-Benin Expressway for easier access by motorists to Lagos, Nigeria’s largest economy. The president inaugurated the 42km Sagamu Interchange-Abeokuta Road, the main arterial road that leads to the state capital and which comes with a dual carriageway with streetlights, median and other road furniture vastly redesigned and reconstructed to address the daily challenges being experienced by commuters.








The president lauded the Gateway City Gate, an architectural masterpiece made of composite materials towering to a height of 27m and warmly welcoming visitors to the state, and the two Housing Estates for low, medium, and high-income earners at Kobape and Oke-Mosan. Kobape has 300 units of one, two, and three-bedroom flats described as a “Smart City” where people can live, work and play, complete with solar streetlights, a sewage system, a primary health centre, drainage, water, electricity, tarred road, and a police post. And his verdict is quite instructive and ennobling: ‘‘When state governments deliver impactful projects, in consultations with stakeholders, as we have witnessed in Ogun State, the trajectory of our national development will be enhanced.” This verdict becomes extremely hard to contest when the series of fiscal and policy reforms initiated by the Abiodun administration, including the reinvigoration of the Security Trust Fund; establishment of the Public-Private Partnership Office; the Ogun Digital Economy Infrastructure Projects, and the Ogun State Land Revenue and Management Systems are considered together with the business reforms that have ensured that Ogun State is in now Nigeria’s top investment destination.




Gov. Abiodun

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Tinubu Nigeria’s BATman On The Political Screen.



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Tinubu Nigeria’s BATman On The Political Screen.

By Bolaji O. Akinyemi.



Artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger created the Batman superhero character in an American comic book published by DC Comics, the character debuted in the 27th issue of the book in March 30 1939.

The acceptance of the series and it popularity led to the production of the Batman movie. The movie explore the strength of emotion and the sentiment it can generate. Bruce, after witnessing his parents’ death learnt the art of fighting to confront injustice, when he returns to Gotham as Batman, he must stop a secret society that intends to destroy the city.



In like manner, Nigeria’s Batman appears, not even history can state in clarity his parentage. Our real life Batman chose the line similar to his imaginary counterpart, to fight injustice and stop the secret society in the military that wants to destroy the nation, it worked perfectly well as Pa Ayo Adebanjo and others fell for it, what could have been Funso Williams was plucked out of his grip for the Batman upon his return to the country.

Tinubu’s first shot at a political contest was in 1992 on the platform of SDP to represent my Lagos West Senatorial District. The city boy from Chicago looks harmless with hidden ambition, but the rage of energy generated from avaricious passion for power is as destructive as ever, both self and society have always been its victims!




Bola Ahmed Tinubu is no doubt one of the most intelligent and strategic thinkers alive in Nigeria today, the plot of his script is a proof of my assertion. His ambition is obviously dated back to a time yet to be revealed but the annulment of June 12 1993 Presidential election won by MKO Abiola provided the activation, his take away from that election was not just the Muslim/Muslim ticket, but the Southwest/Northeast combo of Abiola/Kingibe, re-enacted in the Yoruba/Kanuri formula that did the job in 1993, which is now the Tinubu/Shettima; the secret of this will be revealed in the days ahead.

Playing a self scripted role designed to foster him as the hero of the Yoruba people of Southwest Nigeria and by extension the larger Nigeria society. Tinubu brought up the worst type of politics in Yorubaland where he became THE POLITICS, deceiving the institutional leaders of existing Yoruba political hegemony and dividing the family harmony through his extreme “generousity”. It was practically very easy to acquire persons needed, use and dump them once done. He has successfully retired practically all of Awo’s men he met on the scene. The real Yoruba valued politics of building consensus on where we stand as “awa” (we), as examplified by Awo’s philosophy has given way to “emi” (I), hence the genre “emi lokan”. Make no mistake, Tinubu is very clear in his communication, because, “enikan ki je awa de”, meaning, a single person shouldn’t announce arrival as we are here!



“Awa lokan” (It is our turn) was the philosophy of Awolowo’s leadership of the Yoruba nation, today, it has exchanged for Tinubu’s philosophy of “Emi lokan”, (It is my turn).

His understanding of the dynamics of a democratic society from America’s perspective made the deception procedure undetectable.



Democracy as a government of the people must thrive through the fourth realm of the estate that must speak for the people and help them form common opinion and of course the Civil Liberty Organizations who must champion the people’s fight.

BAT, a thorough bred capitalist has been able to “translate” himself into an “angel” of freedom of the people from poverty using the media to form opinion of him away from his reality and has conscripted the civil liberty organization into his adventure to usurp power from the people, today Tinubu is Lagos and he is on an adventure to become Nigeria. This much the north is practically aware of.



Today there is no longer “awa”, we, in the Southwest political space but “emi”, I. Tinubu is the people! With him lies all right and aspiration of the Yoruba people of Southwest Nigeria.

The Batman script resurfaced on the 2023 project with ASUU strikes when Tinubu the Aspirant met with their leadership and gave assurances that the President of the Republic couldn’t. 8 month down the line, lines are adding up and the curtain is drawn on the stage play; Batman: Students’ hero, Lecturers’ Saviour, Parents’ helpers! Who among the other candidates can beat that?



WesternPost publication, monitored online exclusively published: How Tinubu facilitated final resolution of protracted ASUU’s strike..

Batman got a beautiful media painting from the publication which stated:



“worried by the disagreement between the lecturers and government which had kept university students at home for eight months, Tinubu first sought and received the approval of President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the matter.

He then held series of meetings with the ASUU leadership, Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, and some members of the panel constituted to resolve the crisis.



Some of the meetings, it was learnt, were held at the residence of the Minister of Education, while at least one took place at a location in Asokoro.

The meetings were said to have recorded initial success with both parties showing understanding and readiness to resolve the nagging issues.



The bone of contention, however, was getting the Federal Government to agree to pay the lecturers for the period they were on strike since the no- work-no-pay policy of the government is a law of sort.

And the government did not want to break the law it put in place.



However, the APC presidential candidate was able to extract some commitment from the government to relax the rule and at least offer one or two months pay to the lecturers.
Another problem, however, arose when the lecturers insisted on payment for the full period of the strike.

It was while this was on that Tinubu invited House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila to one of the meetings to be part of the negotiation and resolution team.

At the meeting held at a location in Asokoro attended by ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, a former ASUU President, Alhaji Hassan Sunmonu among others, Speaker Gbajabiamila offered to get the House of Representatives to take up the gauntlet.



The House met with the leadership of ASUU and the representatives of the Federal Government, including Mallam Adamu.

While this intervention was on, Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige, in a move that almost threw spanners into the peace process, dragged the ASUU leaders to the Industrial Court.

The House, however, went ahead with its peace moves (on a matter before the court) as if unaware that the case before the court.



Eventually the legislators first put together a report which the Speaker handed over to President Buhari for consideration and approval. The lawmakers later passed a resolution to accommodate its position and FG’s approval, which paved the way for the calling off of the strike.

Westernpost claims a glimpse of the details of the resolution and stated that the university lecturers were offered two months pay while a contingency plan will be made to clear the remaining salaries and the salary increment agreed to in a supplementary appropriation”.



The truth is from the very 1st day the strike started, I suspected the Batman’s script. His funding and working synergy with Labour Unions in the country is dated back to our desires to see the military back to the barracks. His network with Frank Kokori strangulated the Babangida led junta government to step aside. I hope Nigerians still remember his relationship with the Oshiomole led Labour and how they successful frustrated Obasanjo’s government, was it for it that Oshiomole got rewarded as Governor of Edo State on the platform of ACN? The Occupy Nigeria protest that ended Goodluct Ebele Jonathan’s control of government can’t be disconnected from Tinubu’s influence.

Obi and his movement has proven to be a force to be reckoned with, though their platform of political identity; Labour Party, should be of concern. LP in my personal estimation is the most compromised political party in this country, their antecedent speaks volume in this light. The armies of online Obidients are yet to find any political creative leadership from the Party.



The foreseeable consequences of #EndSARS killing at the peak of political season on the second anniversary of the victims of military murder was imminent. BAT being the strategist that he is read the tide and plotted his stability scheme. He needed an orchestration that can creat a soft landing on the 2nd anniversary of #EndSARS and that he got through the cooperation of ASUU to drown the #EndSARS movement agitation on his ambition that may arise around the anniversary. Aren’t you suspicious the issue got resolved few days to the EndSARS 2nd anniversary which was yesterday. And his son Seyi Tinubu whose company pulled the light switch that brought the cover of darkness on the youth at lekki toll gate for the military blue murder to be perpetrated under the cover of darkness is convening youth walk this Saturday. ASUU’s call off of the strikes and the resumption announcements from schools is already a strategic disorganization of whatever arrangements the youth had in place for the memorial of their murdered colleagues. Of course under a government that has weaponized poverty and with millions of women who streamed out for Women Walk for Tinubu to earn as low as 2000 naira according to the allegations, followed by the “success” of MC Oluomo’s walk, who already gave a clue of what Seyi’s walk is likely going to be about in his speech of his walk. It is going to be a combination of the hungry mothers coming out to earn along with Oluomo’s crowd, add that to hired crowd of youth that Seyi will be recruiting from millions of youth in dire need of daily survival. We are about to witness unprecedented crowd who will come out to dance upon the grave of Nigerian youth. It’s part of the horror script of the Batman series that has become a reality show. Will Nigerian youth rise up to the challenge and refused to come out for hire! Your doubt is as strong as mine!

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