Abio­dun urges Ijebu monar­chs to ac­cess govt pro­grammes

The Punch - - NEWS - Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta

GOV­ER­NOR Dapo Abio­dun of Ogun State has ap­pealed to tra­di­tional rulers and com­mu­nity lead­ers in the Ogun East Sen­a­to­rial Dis­trict not to un­der­mine the var­i­ous in­ter­ven­tion ef­forts of the gov­ern­ment.

The gov­er­nor lamented that statis­tics at his dis­posal re­vealed that the peo­ple of the zone were not ac­cess­ing the var­i­ous ges­tures of gov­ern­ment tar­geted at mak­ing life mean­ing­ful for them.

Abio­dun, who was rep­re­sented by the Sec­re­tary to Ogun State Gov­ern­ment, Mr Tokunbo Tal­abi, stated this at the grand fi­nale of Awa-ijebu Day Cel­e­bra­tion in Awa-ijebu, in the Ijebu North Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state.

He called on the peo­ple in the area not to see gov­ern­ment ef­forts as mere lip ser­vice, but urged them to en­deav­our to be a part of the all-in­clu­sive dis­po­si­tion of the gov­ern­ment in the state aimed at en­hanc­ing their stan­dard of liv­ing.

He said, “From reports at our dis­posal, we ob­served that peo­ple of the zone were not re­ally in­clined with the var­i­ous ef­forts of the present ad­min­is­tra­tion aimed at giv­ing them a new lease of life.

“I ap­peal to Kabiyesi and other com­mu­nity heads in the zone to spread the good news for the ben­e­fit of the peo­ple.”

The gov­er­nor, while con­grat­u­lat­ing the monarch and the peo­ple of the state for wit­ness­ing the 19th edi­tion of the an­nual cel­e­bra­tion, com­mended the Limeri of Awa-ijebu, Oba Abib Awobajo, for his com­mit­ment to­wards the growth and de­vel­op­ment and the peace­ful co-ex­is­tence in the area.

He promised that the state ad­min­is­tra­tion would con­tinue to pro­vide work­able sup­port to com­ple­ment the com­mu­nity’s set goals and ob­jec­tives.

Mean­while, Abio­dun has said the 2020 bud­get was pre­pared to block leak­ages and sys­temic cor­rup­tion within the civil bu­reau­cracy and gov­er­nance process.

The gov­er­nor said his ad­min­is­tra­tion had put in place in­sti­tu­tional frame­works to check­mate ef­forts at per­pet­u­at­ing fi­nan­cial malfea­sances that might com­pro­mise due process.

The gov­er­nor said this on Mon­day when he played host to the Trans­parency and Ac­count­abil­ity Net­work and other civil so­ci­ety groups at the gov­er­nor’s of­fice in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the In­ter­na­tional Anti-cor­rup­tion Day.

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