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Ogun: When Amosun Toured the State, Felt the Pulse of the People

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In a bid to boost his efforts at giving more dividends of democracy to the people of Ogun State and feel the pulse of the people, the state Governor Ibikunle Amosun recently embarked on local government by local government assessment tour of the state. Wherever he visited, the governor was received by a tumultous crowd, who urged him to seek re-election in 2015. WESTERN POST’s KOLAWOLE OLAYINKA, who was part of the tour, presents some highlights of the visit…

Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s recent tour of the 20 local governments in Ogun State to assess projects executed so far by his administration was carnival-like. Wherever he visited witnessed heavy celebration. The people sang and danced as they received their governor. He was accompanied on the tour by commissioners and top government officials, which usually included Speaker of the state’s House of Assembly and some lawmakers, top civil servants as well as the council chairmen and councillors in local government being visited. On the entourage were also executives of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state among others. The train for the assessment tour moved from Oke Mosan Governor’s Office to Imeko Afon Local Government on the first day of the tour and terminated on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Oba Adeleye Park in Abeokuta North Local Government in the capital Abeokuta.

Sagamu Local Government

At Sagamu Local Government, Governor Amosun promised that the rehabilitation of Emuren-Ode Lemo road and Ogijo- Simawa road would commence when the rain subsidize.  Speaking during his on-the-spot-assesment-tour to Sagamu Local Government, Amosun also assured the people that all churches, mosques, hospitals and schools demolished in the local government during road construction would be rebuilt soon. He disclosed that his administration had constructed 27 roads in the state. The governor also disclosed that the local government would be split into 2 to 3 local government development areas, saying the local government is the most populous in Ogun East. He also spoke of more infrastructure development to the area, urging the people to collect their permanent voters card when the distribution begins. Earlier in her address, the chairman of the Local government, Hon. Funmi Efuwape, thanked the governor for resolving the security challenges being experienced in the local government.

Yewa North LG, Ayetoro
Governor Amosun said his administration had compensated more than 50 percent of victims of demolition during the various road construction projects in the state. He said this during his assessment tour of projects at Yewa North Local Government in Ayetoro. He said his administration was still paying people whose houses were demolished across the state, promising to complete the payment before the roads are completed.  The governor also disclosed that the local government would benefit from the planned creation of local government development areas, promising also that the local government will have two model colleges. He said youths in the state would be given lands for farming so as to be employers of labour themselves. He enjoined the people to accommodate and cooperate with investors, saying, however, that the state would not allow any investor to shortchange anyone in the state. The governor also urged the people of the Local government to desist from dropping refuse in drainages as work on the last layer of the road would soon begin.

Ijebu-Ode Local Government
During his assessment tour to ijebu-Ode Local Government, Governor Amosun said his administration had paid the total sum of N2.4billion to the staffs of Tai Solarin College of Education since he assumed office. Amosun disclosed that staffs are paid N45, 800,000 monthly before he assumed office, adding that the sum of N40million was added to their wages in 2013, upping their monthly allocation to N85,500, 000. The governor said the back logs of unpaid wages were inherited from the last administration, which, he said was being sorted out gradually by his administration. He said his administration does not owe any public officer in the state. The governor promised to delegate the Commissioner for Education to interface with the staffs of the institution, promising to pay the backlog with the old scheme of payment of N45,800, 000.

Obafemi Owode Local Government
At Obafemi Owode, the governor said about six new industries are expected to spring up in the area soon. Senator Amosun said various infrastructure development is  ongoing in the local government and promised to turn the local government into an industrial hub.
He disclosed that the local government would be split into local government development areas to further aid the development of the local government, adding that one of the proposed hospitals to be created in the state would be sited in the local government.
Amsosun also said a city centre is being planned for the state, which would start from Kobape and spread across Obafemi Owode Local Government. Amosun also promised to urbanised all the 20 local governments in the state. Earlier at the event, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, lauded the infrastructure development in the state and hospitality of the governor to the traditional rulers in the state, while urging the people of the local government to vote for the governor in next year’s election.

Yewa South Local Government

At Yewa Local Government, Amosun said his government was working towards actualising the light rail project in the state, adding that the people should be more committed to agricultural development in the area.  He had said: “One thing I want to talk about is our railway. During those days, without those rails coming from Idogo, they cannot eat in Lagos, what is wrong with us? We are doing that and that is why we said one of the things we are doing is light rail, which will start in Ota; from Ota, we will get to Winners Chapel and we will come like that to Owode and Ilaro”.
Ifo Local Government
In Ifo, Governor Amosun talked tough. He threatened that any aspiring member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state who indulges in violent activities would be disqualified from contesting. The governor also hinted that the people of the state would collectively wage war against any politician who had the intention of causing mayhem in the state, adding that the era of violence had gone in the state.
“Please, nobody should bring violence to Ogun State again. Violence has gone for good in our politics in Ogun State. For anybody that indulges in violence in the state, the full weight of the law would be brought to bear on such people. I want to plead with all of us; nobody benefits from the atmosphere of violence, I have been saying this everyday.
“Anybody that fights, though, we will create a level-playing field, anyone that indulges in violence, I have the authority of our great party that such people will not contest and will be disqualified by the national headquarters of our party.
“Whoever is chosen is our candidate, I want to admonish us; we should not indulge in any violence. I am appealing to everybody to show example. Ogun State should demonstrate to other states in Nigeria that we are truely Ogun State.
“Violence is not allowed, anybody that does that, I can conveniently tell you such person will not contest, I repeat, will not contest and will be disqualified and that I will ensure that, that it is done”.  The governor, however, enjoined the people to be vigilant and go out en-mass to collect their permanent voters’ cards, adding that it is the only way to exercise their civic duty.

Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government

At this local government, Governor Amosun defied the rain to address the people. Soaked by the rain, he said the downpour would not disturb him from performing his social responsibility to his people and that he could not toy with Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government.
He said the local government is very important and dynamic in the history of Ogun State because it remains the largest, biggest and most congested in population. It is also the highest in terms of the number of industries in the area, adding that more IGR is also coming from the council area. He said the local government was also benefitting immensely from the IGR being generated from the area, citing the good network of road now in the area.

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