* Appointments further testament to our first position and abundant capacity we possess – Governor
By Nudoiba Ojen
Ogun State Governor, Prince Fapo Abiodun, has played host to the newly sworn-in ministers from the state at the SilverBird Galleria, Zone 4, Abuja.
The ministers from Ogun State, who were sworn in on Monday by President Bola Tinubu are Mr Wale Edun (Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy), Dr Ishak Kunle Salako,l (Minister of State for the Environment) and Dr Bosun Tijani (Minister of Communication, Innovation and Digital Economy).
The event also had in attendance
dignitaries including; the governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq and his Imo State counterpart, Senator Hope Uzodinma, serving and past members of the National Assembly, All Peogressives Congress stalwarts in the state, government officials, captains of industry, friends and well-wishers of the ministers, among others.
It was also graced by the Deputy Governor, Engr. (Mrs.l) Noimot Salako-Oyedele; Speaker, Oguns State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo; the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo; the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle; representative of the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, and the Olota of Ota, Oba Abdulkabir Obalanlege.
Governor Abiodun implored the new ministers to be good representatives of their people and leverage on the experience they have gathered over the years to achieve the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ of President Tinubu administration.
The governor also charged them to use their offices to support and compliment the implementation of his administration’s ‘Building Our Future Together Agenda’.
He noted that the State had produced people who had served the nation meritoriously and therefore much is expected of them.
Governor Abiodun said: “We are the gateway to Nigeria’s prosperity, the nation’s educational capital, the industrial capital, number one in cassava, poultry, eggs, religious capital, emerging breadbasket of the nation and fast becoming the economic heartbeat of Nigeria. These appointments by Mr. President are a further testament to our first position and the abundant capacity we are known for and possess.
“You have been selected because of your excellent antecedents in the public and private sectors. Your credentials speak for each of you
“Among others, you will use your offices to support and complement the implementation of our ‘Building Our Future Together’ and our vision which is to create a focused and qualitative governance while providing an enabling environment for public-private partnerships which is very fundamental to the economic growth of the state and the individual of our people.”
The governor said that his administration had constructed over 400 kilometres of roads, built over 2000 affordable homes, and rehabilitated over 100 Primary Health Centres while over 100 schools were built during his first term in office.
Governor Abiodun stayed that a world-class airport was built in less than two years, adding that his government is leading other states in the energy transition by the conversion of state-owned buses from diesel to 100 per cent Compressed Natural Gas and will soon begin the implementation of E-mobility programme aimed at swapping petrol-run okadas for electric ones, all as part of initiatives to cushion the effects of the subsidy removal.
He said, “We will endeavour to have bi-quarterly meetings with you to ensure we sustain this bond that is being established here today. Go forth and do exploits. We do not doubt that you will do us proud. May the Almighty grant you the grace and health so you make the best of the opportunity,” the governor submitted.
Speaking in an interview, the Deputy Governor, Engr Salako-Oyedele, said the appointment was an opportunity to serve, emphasizing that with their wealth of experience, coupled with their outstanding qualifications, she is hopeful that they would perform creditably well.
The Speaker, Rt Hon. Oluomo, said the appointment of three ministers from the state was the best thing that has happened to the state since the return to democracy in 1999, expressing hope that they would perform to showcase the stuff the state is made of.
The traditional rulers, who lauded the president for the appointments, described the ministers as “trustworthy and dedicated sons of the state who are well equipped to handle any responsibilities”.
Responding on behalf of his colleagues, the Minister of Communication, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr Tijani, lauded Governor Abiodun for his infrastructural development and for leveraging technology to drive the State’s economy.
The minister, who said that the state would achieve more when it was fully digitalized, said, “Ogun is rich in culture, talents, opportunities and resources. We are a great people in Ogun State. I want to assure you that we will work for the good of Ogun State and Nigeria. We will play our parts in line with the President’s Renewed Hope Agenda.”