Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said that the Coronavirus situation in the State was under control, as the Italian, who was confirmed positive of the COVID-19 virus was in good condition and would be discharged soon.
Prince Abiodun stated this when the management team of Lafarge Plc, led by its Country Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Khaleed El Dokani, paid him a courtesy call in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, saying government would continue to regard the virus as a serious threat that deserves special attention, considering the State’s status as the nation’s industrial hub, with large number of expatriates.
He revealed that both World Health Organization and the National Centre for Disease Control had been rendering necessary supports to contain the virus, while the State was looking at the possibility of setting up a Bio-security centre, commending Lafarge for its swift responses to the first index case, as well as the first set of contacts.
Prince Abiodun who acknowledged the company to be the first cement factory in the State and had contributed to the State’s economy through employment and Corporate Social Responsibility activities, said it has set a pace for others, urging it to sustain the level of attention given to the virus.
While lamenting the deplorable condition of some roads due to use of heavy duty trucks, the Governor pleaded with companies to collaborate with State government in maintaining them.
“The deplorable state of these roads, like the Abeokuta-Ifo-Lagos road, is due to heavy duty trucks. This road was not constructed to accommodate such trucks. Please look at ways to collaborate with government in maintaining this road, which is probably the second busiest and the country, to alleviate the suffering of the people”, the Governor said.
Governor Abiodun who explained steps taken to strengthen the private sector participation in the development of the State, said various agencies like the Investment and Facilitation Promotion, Business Environment Council and Public Private Partnership Office, were put in place to serve as one stop-shop, in line with global best practices.
Speaking earlier, Mr. Dokani said the company operates two factories, located in Ewekoro and Sagamu, with more than 500 staff, while provision affordable houses in its areas of operation was being considered, revealing that it has invested in a 50 Megawatts of power-plant at Ewekoro, capable of producing 90 Megawatts, out of which 40 Megawatts, would be available for the national grid.