Gov. Senator Ibikunle Amosun
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has solicited the support of Ogun State citizens in the Diaspora for his administration’s unprecedented development stride.
Speaking at a discussion session with Ogun State citizens in the Diaspora at the Victory House, Old Kent Road, Central London , the governor, who described the state as “work in progress”, said the call was borne out of the fact that government alone does not possess the wherewithal, either in funds or in wisdom, to fulfill all the needs of the people.
“I therefore call on you to make your vast technical know-how and wide and varied networks available for the development of our state back home. As you continue to play the role of credible stakeholders in the economy of your host communities, you must also play active and effective roles in the socio-economic development of our state.
“Let me tell you, there are numerous openings that you can partner us for the development of Ogun State”, Amosun told the gathering made up of potential investors, representatives of the All Nigeria Congress, (ANC) Lagos, Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Oyo and Ogun states chapters in UK, members of SIA Forum as well as indigenes of the state resident in England and Ireland. He identified one area of possible cooperation as infrastructural development, adding that “you can come up with viable recommendations for the utilization of funds, or even help in the design, as a result of your vast technical competence. As professionals, you can also make your services available to our people.”
“For example, medical professionals could come home to offer services, workshops and seminars, to brush up our medical personnel at home with recent development in the health industry. Or even more, bring your vast network to play by attracting investment into Ogun State. There are ample opportunities for Public-Private Partnership (PPP)”, the Ogun State chief executive noted.
Governor Amosun disclosed plans by his government to begin the construction of housing estates in Abeokuta, Ota and Ijebu-Ode soon and urged his audience to come and buy some of the housing units, adding that their investments in the provision of housing will be welcome, as his government plans to “house, cloth and feed Lagos.
“We wish to be to Lagos what New Jersey is to New York, stressing that “we have the right ambience in the availability of land, good climate, abundance of natural resources, and what more? Our 5.1million population provides one of the best trainable work force in the world. I assure you will find us worthy partners. Together, we must work hand-in-hand in this journey to greatness and jointly, we will take our State to the desired heights”, he added.
He said while those in Diaspora are breaking new grounds in a foreign land, those back home have continued to ensure that they provide a level of development for the state and improve on the standard of living of the people.
Reiterating his government’s commitment to fulfilling its “Mission to Rebuild”, through its five cardinal programme, Governor Amosun expressed belief that “this inter-related programme will help to build an egalitarian society which provides opportunities for all our people.
“We are talking about a society with the right atmosphere where the people demonstrate their capabilities for personal development, which also enable them to contribute to the socio-economic development of our dear state”, Senator Amosun stated.
He said with pride that his administrations giant stride has been yielding attracting commendations and support from different quarters, both within and outside the country, citing the recent opening of the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) country office in Abeokuta, the state capital, as one of them.
“Prior to that, our State was the only State in the South-West zone and one of the three chosen throughout the country for the new programme by the German Technical Cooperation (GIZ) for the implementation of ‘Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria’. I want to believe that the choice of our State is not unconnected with the fact that GIZ could identify our determination, sincerity and the brilliance in our programmes.
Governor Amosun said apart from GIZ, his government has also had different development partners, such as World Health Organization (W.H.O) in the area of polio eradication; United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) and UNICEF in the area of healthcare and advocacy for the protection of children, women and other vulnerable group.
He expressed optimism that with the February 26 visit of former President Bill Clinton of the United States of America to Abeokuta, the government would have a fruitful partnership with his Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) towards the development of our agriculture potentials.