Ogun state Governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Thursday stated that his administration and the incoming administration in Lagos state led by the Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo – Olu, had perfected plans to establish a Joint Development Commission to drive the Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) of both states, enhance rapid development and transformation of border communities of the two neighbouring states.
The Governor-elect stated this during a “Strategic meeting” with the state chapter of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria(MAN) and other members of the organised private sector at the factory of Flour Mills of Nigeria in Agbara, Ado Odo-Ota local government area of the state.
“I have known the Governor-elect in Lagos state, Babatunde Sanwo-Olu, for a long time and we have both agreed to set up a Joint Development Commission to enhance transformation at our border areas and also to enhance the IGR of the state,” he said.
Abiodun said he would resuscitate the Ogun State Road Maintenance Agency (OGROMA) within his first 100 days in office to address the deplorable township and inner city roads across the state.
He promised to build industrial parks and farm settlements across the three senatorial districts and pledged to provide a conducive environment for businesses to thrive by improving the security and critical infrastructures in the state.
Abiodun also said improved security and upgrading of critical infrastructures would form parts of the major thrust of his government in the state.
He added that all uncompleted projects by Amosun’s administration would be completed because Ogun State tax payers money have been invested in the projects.
”Any uncompleted projects by the outgoing governor will be completed during my administration,” Abiodun stated.
In his reaction, the chairman of MAN in the state, who is also the Managing Director, Rite foods limited, Mr. Saleem Adegunwa, said MAN would work “hand-in-hand” with the government to construct Atan -Agbara carriage road.
”We are really excited about the presence of the Governor-elect, because we believe his administration will favour us.
”It is when there is enabling environment that we can be able to generate more funds for the government,” he said.
Also, the group Managing Director, Flour Mills of Nigeria, Paul Gbededo, called on the Governor-elect to meet with the members of the organised private sector in Ogun State to know their needs and map out a way of synergising their various efforts to achieve industrial and economic growth for the state.
“We are encouraged because we see this singular act as a clear indication of your willingness to buckle down and partner with the manufacturing sector, take on the challenges of harnessing the true potentials that we believe are inherent in the state,” he said.
Abiodun was accompanied to the meeting by the Deputy Governor-elect, Engr. Noimot Oyedele – Salako, Otunba Rotimi Paseda, former Deputy Governor in the state, Prince Segun Adesegun, immediate past Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Mr. Afolabi Afuape, Sen. Gbenga Obadara, and Hon. Babatunde Olaotan.