Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
The governor of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun said his administration was irrevocably committed to making the state capital, Abeokuta a shining example of sustainable city with beffiting road network and housing saying the state capital deserves more than Flyovers.
Abiodun’s predecessor in office, Sen Ibikunle Amosun had during his eight years in office concentrated on building Flyovers at the state capital, the decision for which many had criticized and described as lacking in sincerity of purpose to address the problem of bad network of roads across the state.
The governor, however, while speaking during 2020 Budget stakeholders meeting for the people of Ogun Central held at June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta recently said his administration was committed to urbanization of Abeokuta making it a sustainable city with beffiting housing, good network of roads as well as reliable power and water supply.
He revealed that it was against this backdrop that his government had decided to set up a different board for both electricity and power supply to ensure that these two critical sectors received adequate attention as they play vital roles in any sustainable city.
The governor said “we are absolutely committed to urbanization of Abeokuta, the total regeneration of Abeokuta. Abeokuta is an ancient city, the capital of Gateway state.It is not enough to just have Flyovers, it is more important to have good road infrastructure, water supply. To have beffiting housing, I mean having those infrastructure that will help to meet the modern day demands of a sustainable city. We are determined to make Abeokuta a typical and shining example of a sustainable city”.
Prince Abiodun said “the water supply is under Ministry of Special Duty but we are taking it out and we are creating Bureau of Water supply so that we can get the attention it deserved. We are also creating Energy and Electricity board, because we can’t be talking of having a sustainable city without having water and electricity, so we creating Electricity and Water Boards
“In the area of electricity, we are currently conducting power audit accross the state so that we can know how to intervene in some new towns in the state. We are creating industrial parks in the state with electricity and water. The spillover of power generated in these parks will also be beneficial to the residents around these areas”.
Responding to some of the demands of the people at the Townhall meeting, the governor said that all their demands which bordered on road construction and rehabilitation across the six local government of Ogun Central senatorial district would be pursued with vigour pledging to be fair and just in the distribution of projects across the state.
“ We are going to include local content into all we are doing. Your cement, gravel, sand and will be patronised. The idea behind setting up Ogun Public Works Agency is to encourage local patronage. On the pathetic situation of our schools and hospitals, we have commenced work on that and very soon you will begin to see our hands”, the governor promised.