The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has said his administration was investing massively in infrastructure in the Gateway State in order to provide better living standards for the citizenry and create an enabling environment for investment and future development of the state.
The resolve of Governor Abiodun on infrastructural development, according to the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Mr. Kayode Akinmade, was not only on roads but also includes provision of housing, security infrastructure, water, among others, knowing full well that the provision of infrastructure is critical for socio-economic development in any nation.
“It is not for nothing that the state has become Nigeria’s top investment destination, with industrialists like the chairman of the Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, saying that the Governor’s experience as a boardroom player has in no small way helped to reposition Ogun State’s investment trajectory.
“Like many states in the country, Ogun State has had its share of infrastructure dearth such that the systems like transportation, healthcare, agriculture, power and social services, are in dire need of maintenance and upgrade.
“However, since Governor Abiodun assumed office in May 2019, the fortune of the state, has changed for the better.
Noticeably, Abiodun’s view of infrastructure is holistic and includes boosting agriculture and Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) growth as engines of economic growth and development.
“As a means of exploring the state’s proximity to Lagos, which is the country’s commercial hub, the visionary governor is also partnering with the Lagos State Government on key joint ventures.
“This partnership, which covers infrastructure, security, tax issues, among others, will further help to fast-track development and create a spillover of commercial opportunities,” it added.
For instance, the Lagos-Ogun Joint Development Commission (LOJDC) is a common alliance between the two states to jointly tackle issues bordering on security, sanitation, traffic and transportation, waste management, water supply, land use planning, infrastructure development and maintenance, urban renewal and slum upgrading for the mutual benefit of our people and the generality of Nigerians. Among others, this is to facilitate rapid development of border communities in Ota, Akute Alagboole, Lambe, Ojodu, Agbado, Mowe, Warewa, Isheri and all the eight local government areas that share boundaries with Lagos State.