Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
The governor-elect of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun said he was not unaware of people’s high expectations of his incoming government asking his Economic Transistion Committee to therefore hit the ground running and come out with policies and programmes that would give the residents of the state a new lease of life.
Prince Dapo Abiodun stated this while inaugurating his newly assembled Economic Transition Committee and Special Work Groups at Training and Conference Centre, Ogere Remo on Wednesday.
The Transition Committee is to be chaired by Mr Tunde Lemo, former deputy governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). Other members of the committee are Dr Reuben Abati, former Spokesman to President Goodluck Jonathan, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka, Ogun state governorship candidate of African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the last election, Mr Kayode Sofola SAN, Mr Kanyinsola Ajayi SAN, Sen Gbenga Kaka, Alhaja Salmot Badru, former deputy governor in the state, Otunba Rotimi Paseda among others.
Prince Abiodun said the group is to elaborately look at his campaign promises, identify and distil the pressing needs of the state and its residents, recommend specific programmes and policies and develop a measurable and realistic roadmap to achieve them.
He said with the array of topnotch professionals assembled for the committee, he was sure that they they would come out with policy document that is deep in concept, broad in scope, ambitious in vision but takes cognizance of the current realties in the state and such that would also be deemed acceptable by all stakeholders saying that the different work groups must therefore carry along relevant stakeholders for their inputs.
The governor elect said there was no gain saying that funding will be a major constraint, hence his government would adopt public – private partnership being a veritable tool for funding in a manner that keeps the interest of the state paramount while delivering significant value to all the stakeholders urging the committee to identify creative means of funding to support the realisation of his good governance agenda.
Prince Abiodun requested the committee to come up with recommendations on monitoring and evaluation mechanism that will ensure that agreed initiatives are not only implemented, but there is a framework to track progress and ensure desired outcomes are achieved.
While insisting that his vision remained to provide good and focused governance that create an enabling environment for sustainable economic development of the state, Prince Abiodun reaffirmed his commitment to completing any ongoing projects in the state as long as it would help to make life more bearable for the people.
Assuring the committee that their report would be implemented to the last detail, the governor-elect urged them to get down to work immediately and ensure that their report was ready before the handing over date, May 29, 2019 as his government could not afford to waste any time to turn things around for good for the residents of the state.
Speaking on behalf of members of the committee, the Chairman of the group, Mr Tunde Lemo promised that the committee members would put in their best and ensure that the incoming government had a smooth transition and also take off on a solid foundation made of policies and programmes that would impact on greatness of the state.