That Senator Ibikunle Amosun, first sworn into office as the fourth elected governor of Ogun State on May 29, 2011, was re-elected into same office in the April 11, 2015 general elections is no longer news.
What may be interesting and newsworthy is how far is he settling down to the business of governance and what changes, if any, is he envisaging to institute in his pattern of administration this time round?
Such changes he plans to institute, according to watchers of events in the state, may be his readiness to accommodate the opposition members into his cabinet.
It would be recalled, the governor, in his acceptance speech the day following his election, precisely April 12, 2015, gave clear indications regarding this, noting “They (opposition members) should know that we are all stakeholders in the Ogun project”.
His words: “I want to reach out to all my co-contestants in the just concluded elections and extend my hand of fellowship. We are all winners. There are no losers. Our unity is our strength. We therefore have to continue to march forward together”.
Recalling his achievements, the governor had also said in one of his interactions: “Today, we live in a time when companies are eager to establish factories in Ogun, where our people can sleep with both eyes closed, where children irrespective of their birth can have access to affordable qualitative education, the young and aged have access to free health care, unemployment is gradually being reduced because of companies that have opened shop in Ogun State, and our public service is leading in service delivery while others follow”.
As early as his first term, Amosun had promoted a five-point governance agenda, including Affordable and Qualitative Education; Efficient Health Care Delivery; Agricultural Production and Industrialisation; Affordable Housing and Urban Renewal; and Rural and Infrastructural Development / Employment Generation.
Findings across board aided by personal investigations have shown the governor has done well enough to earn commendations in respect of his set agenda. The governor is believed to have recorded significant achievements in his first four years in stimulating the investment environment.
Other areas he is believed to have made appreciable impact included Agriculture, Security, Free Education, massive Infrastructural Development, Women Empowerment and Urban Renewal.
Amosun has equally re-stated his readiness to complete all on-going projects in the State, specifically mentioning the development of the Deep Sea Port, Olokola Free Trade Zone, the Airport Project, completion of the proposed Inter-city and Intra-city rail lines as well as massive development of rural roads across the 236 wards in the State.
He maintained his administration had been able to actualise his election promises in his first four years, despite initial challenges of scarcity of funds.
He had said in his acceptance speech: “The policies, programmes and projects of our administration in the next four years shall continue to be for the benefit of all. Indeed, we shall pursue with more vigour, determination, honesty of purpose and courage, our five cardinal programmes as contained in our Mission to Rebuild Ogun State.
“We shall build on the foundation we earlier laid to make our state one of the most modern and one with the highest standard of living in our country. The focus of our administration will continue to ensure better service delivery. This, I believe, is why you voted for continuity.
“However, for us to continue to achieve development, we need all hands on deck. We invite our people to continue to join this progressive team that will further solidify development, progress, security and peace in our state,” Amosun said.
However, questions that currently agitate the minds of the people have mostly centred round the political implications of the governor running an all-inclusive government as he has promised.
At what possible political cost and for whose benefits will a move to favour opposition members in appointments than the tested hands who already worked and achieved with him, it is reasoned.
Although, the governor has re-appointed his Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, other critical appointments like the Chief of Staff to the Governor, the commissioners, special advisers/assistants have remained subjects of wild guesses for interested followers of events in the state.
Queries are also being raised regarding ease of amortising the borrowings during his first termby the state, amounting to a total of a hundred billion naira and the need to embark more on regenerative projects rather than costly bridges and flyovers.
As Governor Amosun marches on, the next few weeks will reveal what new priorities he has and with which cabinet members will he be executing the new projects of development.
It also remains to be seen how far he can possibly go in bringing into his government those who actually ran against him in his second attempt at clinching the new mandate which providence now granted him.