The Ogun State Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun on Thursday said President Muhammad Buhari has not seen enough projects embarked upon by his administration and appealed to him for another round of official visit to commission more projects before leaving office.
Penpushing reports that, Abiodun made this known in his welcome speech, at the Gateway City Gate located within Abeokuta-Sagamu Interchange, which was one of the projects commissioned by Buhari in his one day official visit to the state.
The Governor boasted that, there are more projects that could have been scheduled for commissioning by Buhari, lamented that but for time constraint it was impossible, and therefore requested for return of the President at next appropriate time
‘We have many more projects that could have been scheduled for commissioning today – but for time constraint. Yet, there are many others at different stages of completion. These include the first phase of the Ogun State International Agro Cargo Airport at Ilishan, and Atan-LUSADA-Agbara expressway which leads to Agbara Industrial Estate, the industrial nerve center of not just our State, but also Nigeria and indeed, the entire ECOWAS Sub-region’.
‘It is therefore our hope that Your Excellency will graciously grant our request to return and commission more projects when they are completed and ready for commissioning later in the year’, he emphasized
Penpushing further reports that, Abiodun said, beyond these physical projects, his administration has also embarked on several fiscal and policy reforms to enable the effectiveness and efficiency of Government
‘Some of these are the reinvigoration of the Security Trust Fund; establishment of Public-Private Partnership Office; launch of Ogun Digital Economy Infrastructure Projects; and Ogun State Land Revenue and Management Systems (OLARMS)’.
‘Others include establishment of Ogun State Investment Promotion Agency. The Business Environment council which provides a truly one-stop-shop for Big Investors; and business bottlenecks in dealing with Government establishment of Ogun State Enterprise Development Agency to strengthen the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and boost their capacities; and, All these have led to an increased IGR of about 95B in 2021’ .
‘We have continued to improve on our Ease-of-Doing-Business (EoD). Ogun State now ranks 4th on the scale of Ease-of-Doing-Business in Nigeria. We will continue to improve on that, until we become number one!’
‘We appreciate that as existing businesses continue to thrive, more investments must also be attracted and start-ups be encouraged. Today, I am pleased to report that Ogun State is ranked the number 1 investment destination of choice, not only in Nigeria but in the entire West-African sub region. We will continue to make Ogun State a place to “live, work and play”, Abiodun emphaised.
‘Your Excellency, that is the Ogun State of our dream. And, there are testimonials that we are on the right part. In the last 30 months, we have restored people’s trust and confidence in their government. We will continue to rekindle the hope of the people; and will NEVER take their mandate for granted’.
Penpushing reports that, he used the occasion calling on President to give attention to some federal government roads within Ogun State axis for necessary rehabilitation and adequate maintenance.
‘We passionately appeal to Your Excellency to graciously direct relevant federal government agencies to expedite action towards prompt rehabilitation and completion of these roads. This will improve the welfare and wellbeing of our people’, he said.
‘The number of federal roads in Ogun and their strategic significance to the socio-economic development of the country cannot be over-emphasised. Your Excellency it is noteworthy that Ogun State has more Federal roads than any other State in the Country. Therefore, we are passionately requesting again that Ogun State be accorded a Special Status for Federal Government Infrastructural Funding, especially on roads’, he added.
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