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The Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona has kicked that most developmental projects by the Ogun state governor , Dapo Abiodun were concentrated in Abeokuta .
Awujale alleged that the governor was engaging in lopsided distribution of development projects in the state .
The Octogenarian monarch spoke on Monday in Abeokuta shortly before the inauguration of Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi as the Chairman of the State Traditional Council.
The first class monarch who was the immediate past chairman of the council, in his remarks, applauded Abiodun for embarking on “various developmental projects across the state.”
Awujale’s speech was read by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Kolawole Fagbohun, at the occasion.
According to Adetona, I have observed that Abeokuta had attracted more of the infrastructural projects at the detriment of other parts of the state.
He charged the governor to ensure equitable distribution of projects across the state.
“At this juncture, I wish to appreciate your excellency for the various developmental projects across the state. This undoubtedly is in fulfillment of your promises to the good people of our state and a signal of your resolute commitment towards the development of our dear state.
“However, it has been observed that the state capital appears to gather most of attention of the government in terms of infrastructural development.
“Perhaps, owing to being the seat of governance.
“Hence, I wish to appeal for equitable distribution of infrastructure across the state especially at the grassroots,” the monarch said.
He also cautioned against borrowing to pay salaries and wages rather loans should be channelled towards capital projects that would enhance the Internally Generated Revenue in the state.
In his address, Abiodun applauded traditional rulers for the supports, motivation and feedbacks which he said had enriched the state’s programmes and policies.
The governor however warned monarchs against “utterances and accusations” capable of disrupting the peace of the state ahead of 2023 elections.
Abiodun also frowned at what he called “culture of violence”, saying “we won’t allow anybody to undermine peace and security of the State.”
In his acceptance speech, Oba Ajayi promised the continued support of the traditional council to the government towards ensuring peace, security and development of the State.