Mr. Buhari gave the guarantee Thursday at the Sagamu Interchange by inaugurating the Gateway City Gate Monument Park during his official one-day visit to Ogun for the inauguration of five key projects.
The President commended Governor Dapo Abiodun for delivering visionary and pioneering projects for the people amid the prevailing and challenging circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that the projects carried out by the governor were high.
They were Gateway City Gate; the 42-kilometer Sagamu Interchange-Abeokuta highway; the 14 km Ijebu-Ode-Epe highway and two low-, middle- and upper-income housing estates in Kobape and Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Mr. Buhari said the projects could not have materialized without the enormous investment and commitment of the state government to the safety of life and property.
“This has made Ogun one of the safest and most peaceful states in the country and the destination of choice for investors.
” You (Prince Abiodun) have justified the mandate of the people of Ogun. You have represented our party very well, ” he said.
The president expressed satisfaction that the state government rebuilt the 14-kilometer Ijebu-Ode-Mojoda-Epe highway that it opened earlier upon reaching Ogun.
He said the impressive highway would complement the Sagamu-Benin Highway which is currently being rebuilt by the Federal Government.
“Right across the road is the 42-kilometer Sagamu-Interchange-Abeokuta highway, which the state government rebuilt and equipped with street lighting.
“This road has a direct connection with the Lagos-Ibadan Highway that the Federal Government is rebuilding and whose completion is scheduled for the end of this year.
“I am particularly impressed by the quality and standard of your road projects and the creative way in which you have deployed resources to rebuild and rehabilitate them.
” It is important to note that the two highway projects that are being launched today are federal highways.
“These roads also fit well into our rail transportation master plan connecting Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, with Kano, and Ogun has more rail stations along the Lagos-Ibadan rail corridor.”
“This is an example of constructive engagement, cooperation, and collaboration between the state and federal governments.
“When state governments deliver impactful projects in consultation with stakeholders as we have witnessed in Ogun, the trajectory of our national development will improve,” he said.
In response to Abiodun’s requests to prioritize the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta and Sango-Ota-Idi-Iroko highways, Buhari assured the people of the state that the highways would receive the attention of the Federal Government.
He also announced that the federal government would consider extending the tax credit as a financing option for road reconstruction, as was done for the 100-kilometer Sagamu-Papalanto-Ilaro Road Interchange.
Mr. Buhari promised to consider approval of the reconstruction of Sagamu-Ogijo Road by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company, NNPC, under the tax credit scheme.
He thanked the people of the state for their warm welcome.
“This welcome from the large crowd brings me nostalgia for my first arrival on this soil as a young infantry officer in the Nigerian Army at the then Lafenwa Barracks in Abeokuta, shortly after independence.
” The traditional hospitality of the people of this state has not diminished one bit.
“Today I am ‘Omowale’ (The child has returned home) and very happy in this homecoming to meet my brothers and sisters whose goodwill I have always enjoyed,” said the president.
Earlier, Abiodun praised the president for the support and goodwill the state has continued to enjoy from his rule.
He said the projects executed by his administration were deliberate and guided by his vision to give Ogun focused and qualitative governance and create an environment conducive to a private-public sector partnership to flourish.
“These are just some of our achievements. We have much more to show.
“These select few that His Excellency will commission are, however, symbolic of the various types of projects in all sectors of the economy of our beloved state.
“It should be noted that all our projects have the inputs and are informed by the needs of the people expressed by them in the different participation forums that we provide,” he said.
Abiodun explained that beyond the physical projects, his administration had also embarked on various fiscal and political reforms to enable the government’s effectiveness and efficiency.
He listed the reforms to include revitalization of the Security Trust Fund; establishment of the Office of Public-Private Partnerships; launch of Ogun Digital Economy Infrastructure Projects; and Ogun State Land Revenue and Management Systems, OLARMS.
The governor promised that he would not take the mandate of the people of Ogun for granted.
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