The Ogun State government said it is working in partnership with the United Kingdom and the South African government to create a Forest Reserve in Ijebu-East Local Government Area of the State.
Penpushing reports that, Governor Dapo Abiodun made these revelations at different points while presenting the All Progressives Congress(APC) flags to the chairmanship candidates for the July 24 local government elections.
This is coming on the heels of a promise to work with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), in order to revive the Olokola Liquidfied Natural Gas (OKLNG) project and ensure that the State has a seaport in the nearest future.
Penpushing further reports that, Abiodun while presenting flag to Ijebu-East local government chairmanship candidate, Wale Adedayo asserted that Ijebu-East is the only local government in the South West that is blessed with such natural reserves, saying the area is also full of bitumen and some other natural resources.
The Governor, therefore assured that he will ensure the immediate rehabilitation of deplorable roads in the area, stressing that his administration is in talks with the United Kingdom(UK) and South Africa, adding that the partnership is to create a Forest Reserve in the local government.
“This is a local government that is blessed. Ijebu-East is very lucky, it is the only local government in the South West that has elephants in its forests. We are in talks with the UK and South Africa, we want to partner with them to create a Forest Reserve in this local government.
“Ijebu-East is too important to be neglected. I have directed the Commissioner for Works to ensure the immediate rehabilitation of the roads that had been abandoned.The longest road here cut across five local governments and we have to put it in proper shape”, he said.
Penpushing also reports that, Abiodun alluded to the painstaking efforts that the party leadership went through to put all rancour behind it and now speaking with one voice over the choice of chairmanship candidates.
The Governor, presenting the flag to the chairmanship candidate in Ogun Waterside, Mudasiru Adekunle, said the local government “hosts the deepest seaport not only in Nigeria, but also in the West African subregion.
“This was where we were meant to have the OKLNG and the Olokola Port. This administration will be working assiduously with the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), not just to revive the project, but to ensure that the dream of having a port in Ogun State is realised in the life of this administration”, he noted.
The Governor also pointed out that the State government was working to revive the numerous rubber plantations across the State, adding that the ones in the local government area would not be left out.
“We have a rubber plantation here among many others that we have in the State. This government is working to revive those plantations and you will soon see that unfolding”, he added.
Penpushing further reports that, Abiodun said Ogun Waterside Local Government Area was one of the State’s coastal areas where government has so far executed 51 projects, adding that apart from coming to introduce the party’s flag bearers in the forthcoming council’s election, his visit was to also see other areas that needed government’s urgent attention.
The Governor while pledging that his administration would always have the local government area in mind when sitting developmental projects in the State, said government would meet with leaders in the area to decide which project should be given urgent attention.
Penpushing reports that, Abiodun noted the deplorable condition of roads in the council area and promised that something would done to bring succour to the people, and recounting his experience during the 2019 gubernatorial campaign in the area commended the people for standing by him despite all the intimidations, urging the people to vote for the party’s candidates during the local poll.
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