Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has re-stated his administration’s commitment to operate an open door government and ensure even development in every sector across the State irrespective of Senatorial District, gender or religion.
Prince Dapo Abiodun who gave this assurance at the grand finale of the 2019 edition of Oronna Ilaro festival tagged, “Festival of Peace”, held at the Asade Agunloye Pavilion, Empire Field, Ilaro, said part of measures being put in place by his government to ensure fairness and equity, was to embark on programmes and policies that would cut across the three Senatorial districts of the State, as well as, bring about even grassroots’ development.
Represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, assured that his administration would prioritise the welfare of the people, promising to be just, fair and equitable in order to ensure that dividends of democracy were evenly distributed across the State.
“We have started to actualize this by showing our support to Ogun- West. For the first time, a State programme, the pre-inauguration church service was held here in Ilaro; also a fact finding mission was embarked upon to find out the various challenges and was alarmed at the state of the General Hospital, Ilaro, but all of us can now attest to the fact that, a lot of work had gone into the Hospital to bring it up to modern standards, increase the infrastructure, as well as address the manpower issues”, he noted.
The Governor added that over the past six months, he had also visited other parts of Ogun West with a view to addressing all challenges faced by the residents.
“In the education sector, we have also declared a state of emergency and presently, rehabilitation of schools at ward-to-ward levels were on-going”, he added.
Governor Abiodun also assured that other areas such as the Ilaro Stadium, power generation, payment of compensation to residents, whose property were demolished for developmental purposes, as well as rehabilitation of deplorable road network in the axis, would be given adequate attention, saying local government administration would be reformed and strengthened to allow for grassroots’ participation in governance.
In his goodwill message, the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, HRM, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle said Oronna Festival is the celebration of the selfless spirit of the legendary warrior, Oronna, who according to history, demonstrated an exemplary selfless services in the protection of his people against external aggression, oppression and war, adding that the event afforded Ilaro indigenes and well wishers gather to celebrate their culture and tradition, charging the people to imbibe the spirit of selfless service to their communities.
The monarch commended Governor Abiodun, saying, “Your Excellency, you have given our people hope that the narrative of neglect will be corrected. This you have demonstrated in many intervention and palliative measures you have carried out on our roads, schools and hospital within the last six months. We thank you for the total turnaround and rehabilitation done at Ogun State Hospital, Ilaro’’.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion and the Senator representing Lagos West Senatorial District, Senator Olamilekan Adeola pointed out that culture was a unifying factor for economic development when properly harnessed, as it brings about social economic development in the State, he assured of federal government’s participation in subsequent editions.
Senator Adeola also commended the initiatives of Prince Dapo Abiodun- led government in tackling security challenges, provision of improved health care delivery, especially the transformation at Ilaro General Hospital as well as on-going road rehabilitation cannot be over emphasized.
He congratulated Oba Olugbenle on the celebration of the festival, pointing out that the reign of the Paramount ruler had brought remarkable development to Ilaro and Yewaland.
‘’I am sure that the collaboration between our royal majesty and our dear Governor will in no distant future, result in appreciable development for the people of Ilaro and Yewaland”, Senator Adeola said.