Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has called on the people of the state and the country at large not to support the call for the dismemberment of the country.
He said the country’s future “is bright, promising and glorious.”
Governor Abiodun made this call on Thursday at the event commemorating the 60th anniversary celebration of the country held at the arcade ground of the Governor’s office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
He said the call for dismembememt of the country wasn’t necessary “as the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is sincere in its policies and programmes.”
He noted that even if we needed to tweak the structure of our Federal system to make it respond to the needs of our current realities and that of the federating units, the nation could ill-afford the dismemberment of our great nation.
The governor said the indomitable Nigerian spirit in “us will see us through our challenges.”
He said, “Let us release the eagle in us to fly above the storm. We have done it before at different times of our national trials, and we can do it again.”
Abiodun who also added that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was committed towards ensuring that the country did not go back into recession with its deliberate policies at ensuring the recovery of the economy, quoted the data from the National Bureau of Statistics which stated that the economy continued to grow despite the global pandemic ravaging the world.
The Governor, however further noted that the growth might be short of all expectations.
He said that the economy could have grown more if not for the unforeseen outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in the 1st quarter of the year.
He added, “We are on a steady growth, we could have continued to improve on this steady growth if not for the unforeseen outbreak of coronavirus pandemic in the 1st Quarter of this year, I implore all Nigerians to be more patient, be prayerful and show more understanding to the current economic and social reforms as being carried-out by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
Abiodun also used the occasion to reiterate his administration’s resolve to continue to ensure that all projects spread across the states, including all the inherited projects from the immediate past administration are completed without any delay.
Abiodun promised that his administration would take advantage of the Diamond anniversary of the country, not only to reappraise all of its policies and programmes, but also to improve on its approach and strategy towards ensuring the continued delivery of good governance to the people of the state.
He said his administration despite the meagre resources at its disposal, has resolved to continue to deploy all available resources across all sectors towards improving the lots of the people, adding that the meaningful contributions of the people would be needed to take the development of the state into higher pedestals as no government can claim to possess all the funds and other wherewithal of development.
He said, “We are determined to complete all our projects, including the inherited ones that have positive impacts on the people, within the tenure of our administration, I assure the people of our dear State that our administration will remain focused on its commitment towards the continued socio-economic development of the State.”
The state helmsman while urging the people of the state and the country at large to continue to focus more on things that unite the country, rather than things that divide the people, said that at 60, discussions shouldn’t be about how the country would become a world power, but on how to consolidate the country’s world status.
Abiodun who also noted that the failure of past governments in taking necessary decisions had played a major part in where the country was today, added that it has become imperative to summon courage so as to build a better and more prosperous future for the country.
The Governor while also using the occasion to appreciate all the state workers, especially the Labour Unions for their civil and mature approach of engagement, said his administration would continue to improve the welfare of all of its workers.