Ogun@44: Residents angry with Abiodun for being silent on celebration

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Abdulqudus Ogubdapo

Residents of Ogun State have expressed displeasure over the quietness of the Dapo Abiodun- led administration on the celebration of the 44th anniversary of the state.

The residents who spoke with PLATFORM TIMES faulted the Governor for being silent on celebrating the 44th anniversary of the state.

They claimed the government was supposed to organize at least an event either in form of rally or lecture to mark the 44 years existence of the state.

PLATFORM TIMES reports that Ogun State which was created on February 3, 1976 from the former Western State is now 44.

Some of the residents also took to their different social media handle to faulted the silence of the government.

Some of the residents claimed that they were not even aware of the celebration until reminder brought it on their facebook page.

They submitted that the Governor should have done a broadcast message through national dailies, television and radio stations.

A residents identified as Adeboye Nurudeen said, “it does not make sense that the state is not even doing anything to celebrate the 44th anniversary.

“They should have at least do something even if it just a lecture or rally.

“Many people are not aware of how important today is in the history of Ogun state and I think what the government did is bad.”

Also, a resident, Bamidele Adeoye said, “not celebrating the existence of Ogun is bad despite the state being the first in everything.

“The government has not done well, they suppose to line up activities for it, even though it is 44, but we supposed to know about it.

“There is need for this present administration to do something about it.”

Adeola Akande in his own reaction said, “this government is too slow in everything including celebration of our state.

“They are not ready for governance and that is why they don’t have anything to offer.

“I can’t imagine that I got to know Ogun is 44 today on my facebook reminder, no advert or greetings from them and later now they will claim to be running an all inclusive government.”

However, in the last hours of Monday (Yesterday), the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin released a statement felicitating with Ogun residents.

Abiodun said, the State, over the years, has recorded landmark achievements in the area of infrastructure, education, health and human capital developments among others, adding that the State remains first among equals in the comity of states in the country.

He attributed the success story of the State to the untiring efforts of the founding fathers, who laid its solid foundation, added that more work still needed to be done to make it greater.

He said, “I want to congratulate the good people on the occasion marking the creation of this great and beautiful State, called the Gateway State. There is no doubt that as a state, we have made tremendous progress in all aspects of development.

“The solid foundation bequeathed on us by our founding fathers has made this possible and we are proud of our heritage”.

The statements further reads in part, “this day, 44 years ago, our uniqueness was given an expression when our State was carved out of the Old Western State. We have been governed by people with vision and we are differently wired to be called the Gateway State because we lead and other follow behind.

“We are looked up to as the Gateway State to the prosperity and future of Nigeria, and perhaps, the Black race. We are the sole route from Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria to the hinterlands of the Blacks largest country, and the country’s major border to the rest of the West Africa sub-region.

“Ogun State is the industrial nerve center of the country and one of the fastest growing economies. With a focused and qualitative Government in place, Ogun seems poised to justify its epaulettes as the Nation’s Number One Investment destination. What’s more the Public Private Sector Partnership that drives the new development paradigm has brought to the fore new reforms in land, taxation and fair trade dealings.

“Things have started looking up on public infrastructure – schools, roads, electricity, water, health care, transportation, commerce, human capital development, welfare and sundry issue. We are no doubt, great inheritors of the legacies of the late sage and one of Nigeria’s founding fathers, Chief Obafemi Awolowo – whose government introduced free education and initiated many pioneer development projects into the country as Premier of Western Region and leader of opposition in the First Republic”

The statement added that Ogun State is also the home state other iconic figures like Chief MKO Abiola, winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential elections and martyr of democracy in Nigeria; Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s two-term President and former Head of a Military Government that voluntarily handed over power to civilians in 1976 and one leader that has served the longest. Others are Prof. Wole Soyinka, the only Nigerian Nobel laureate till date; Chief Ernest Shonekan, who is the only non-elected civilian head of the Nigerian government; Justice Adetokunbo Ademola, first Chief Justice of Nigeria; Chief Simeon Adebo, Nigeria’s first Head of the Civil Service; Sir Akintola Williams, first Nigerian Chartered Accountant; Chief Segun Olusola, the first African Television Producer; Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, first woman to drive a car in Nigeria; and her three distinguished children, Olikoye, Fela and Beko; Prof. Adeoye Lambo, African specialist in Psychiatric medicine, who later became Deputy Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO); Mrs. Toyin Olakunrin, the first woman Chartered Accountant in Nigeria; Chief (Mrs) Ayoka Kuforiji-Olubi; first woman to head a bank in Nigeria; Chief M. A. Okupe, who started the Agbonmagbe Bank, the first Nigerian to own a bank; Otunba Subomi Balogun; the first Nigerian to own a merchant bank; Otunba Mike Adenuga, billionaire owner of Globacom, and the list is endless.
Gov Abiodun noted that “this generation owes the future ones a duty to continue to light the ways for other States to follow”.
He added that “We are prepared to give that focused leadership that would create the enabling environment for a public private sector partnership, which we consider fundamental to the creation of an enduring economic development and individual prosperity of the people of Ogun State” and called on other stakeholders to join hands with his administration “us as we march into the future together.”
“Like our State Anthem, lseya, Omo Ogun iseya, there is more work to be done and more ground to cover. I want to use this opportunity to urge you to continue to support us so that together we can take this State to greater heights”.

UWhile promising to do all within its power to ensure an economically and socially viable State, Prince Abiodun said his administration would do this by providing focused and qualitative governance based on fairness, equity, equality, accountability, obeying the rule of law, governing with the fear of God as well as executing policies and programmes that would enable the people realize their aspirations.

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