A SUCCESSFUL entrepreneur and oil magnate Prince Dapo Oluwasegun Abiodun yesterday took his oath of office amid cheers from the enthusiastic crowd at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The governor pledged not to “personalise” office or “abuse” it.
The Chief Judge, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, administered the oath on him at about 11:53a.m. His deputy, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, took hers earlier at about 11.40am.
The day was particularly a double joy for Abiodun, his wife, Bamidele; children and his octogenarian parents – Prof. Emmanuel Abiodun and Dr. (Mrs.) Victoria Abiodun. Reason: the governor also turned 59 the same day he assumed the office.
In his inauguration address, Abiodun noted that the political journey had been “bumpy,” but assured the people that with his swearing in as the governor, Ogun State people now stand on the “threshold of a new dawn and a new beginning”.
He assured that he would not turn the government into that of cronies or family affairs.
“You will always find in me conduct of Omoluabi expected of Omo Teacher! I will govern with character! I will serve you diligently and sincerely! I will make your interests the core of governance!
“I will neither personalise nor abuse the mandate! I will not betray your trust,” he said.
He promised that the new administration would give Ogun State a focused and qualitative governance as well as create the enabling environment for a public-private sector partnership, which is fundamental to the creation of an enduring economic growth and individual prosperity of the people.
He also pledged to carry out reforms in the following areas – public service, empowerment and the local governments, transparency and public finance management, security and welfare, physical infrastructures, education and health sector.
The governor also said his administration would pay priority attention to agriculture and food security to make the state self-sufficient in food production first and later exporting to other states.
According to him, industry, trade and investment as well as ICT, communications, tourism and entertainment would be harnessed to drive growth.
He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and former Governor Aremo Olusegun Osoba for the support and leadership roles that ensured his triumph at the poll.
- President Muhammadu Buhari will be launching a campaign against open defecation in the country. The campaign “Clean Nigeria, Use Toilet,” is to be launched at a date yet to be announced. The campaign is part of the efforts to achieve an end to open defecation in the country by 2025. About 47 million people still defecate openly in Nigeria according to records. Also, only 10 out of 774 local government areas have been certified open defecation free since the road map on sanitation 2016-2025 was launched by President Buhari. The Minister of Water Resources, Suliaman Adamu, said this while briefing alongside State House Corespondent at the end of the marathon weekly Federal Executive meeting at the presidential villa, Abuja. President Muhammadu Buhari presided over the meeting which went on break twice. Adamu said Nigeria has road map to end open defecation 2016-2025, adding that out of the 774 local government areas, only 10 are open defecation free. He said, “Ten out of 774 local governments is very dismal but it is work in progress. But we have also made some progress as 20 to 21,000 communities in the country today are open defecation free. The problem is we still have 47 million people practicing open defecation and Nigeria has been moving up the ladder since 2012 from being number four or five in the world to having the ranking of number two. India is number one but India has been working to end open defecation, in the last four years they have taken over 500 million out of open defecation. And India plans to declare itself open defecation free by October 2019. Once that happens, Nigeria will become the number one country in the world that practices open defecation. You will all agree with me that this is an honour we do not want to have. “So council approved a number of measures including the fact that Mr. President will launch the Clean Nigeria Campaign on a day to be decided. So our campaign is ‘clean Nigeria, use the toilet. “The president and cabinet members are to become ambassadors of clean Nigeria campaign by providing the needed leadership and commitment for successful implementation of the campaign. “We also hope to create a clean Nigeria movement and to harmonize ministerial activities so that we have a seamless approach regarding sanitization in the country. “We are also requesting for annual budget of N10.6 billion to be approved, this is not money that will be taken out of budget alone, we will also have contributions from development partners, corporate world including leveraging on corporate social responsibility, grants and to mobilize Nollywood, youths, children, women etc. “It will come with an executive order to give effect to the clean Nigeria campaign. All ministries are to establish specific budget lines and work plans to implementing their sector specific activities to end open defecation and improve sanitation in the country. “The campaign will also involve state governments and households. We intend to use community led sanitation and hinging more on behavioural change rather than doling out money.” The President had in November 2018, launched National Action Plan for Revitalizing the Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), where he also declared a state of emergency on water and sanitation sector in Nigeria. An important aspect of the plan is for Nigeria to be open defecation free. The National Plan of Action is a significant political milestone towards achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 6 to reach everyone, everywhere with clean water and decent sanitation by 2030. FacebookTwi
- AbdulRazaq denies alleged sacking of workers
- Ogun launches health facilities directory to stop quackery
- ‘No child should hawk during school hours’
- Ajimobi hails commissioners, others at valedictory meeting
- Killings: Military chiefs storm Katsina on Buhari’s order
- APDA to Honour Prince Agba
- Edo housing agency sets to sell reclaimed properties at BDPA Estate, Ugbowo
- Masari assures Army of support to tackle kidnappings, others
- Ambode inaugurates jetty, ferries