4 Projects affected included Gateway City Gate; the 42 km Sagamu-Abeokuta interchange road; the 14 km Ijebu-Ode-Epe highway and two low-, middle- and upper-income housing estates in Kobape and Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta.
5 Mr. Buhari commended Governor Dapo Abiodun for delivering visionary and pioneering projects for the people, even amid the prevailing and challenging circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
6 He described Abiodun as the “Acting Governor of the Gateway State of Nigeria.”
7 According to him, the governor is a worthy example of “promises made, promises kept.”
8 The president noted that the noble projects could not have materialized without the enormous investment and commitment of the state government to the safety of lives and property.
9 “This has made Ogun State one of the safest and most peaceful states in the country and the destination of choice for investors.
10 ” You (Prince Abiodun) have justified the mandate of the people of the state of Ogun. You have represented our Party very well, ” he said.
11 The president expressed his satisfaction that the state government has rebuilt the 14 km Ijebu Ode-Mojoda-Epe highway that it inaugurated into a modern highway.
12 He noted that the impressive highway would complement the Sagamu-Benin Highway that the federal government is currently rebuilding; also scheduled for the opening this year.
13 ” Just across the road is the 42-kilometer Sagamu-Interchange-Abeokuta highway that the state government has rebuilt and equipped with street lighting.
15 “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.
16 ” It is important to note that the two highway projects that are being launched today are federal highways. This is an example of constructive engagement, cooperation, and collaboration between the states and the federal government.
17 “These highways are also well suited to our rail transportation master plan connecting Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, with Kano, and Ogun state has more rail stations, along the Lagos-Ibadan rail corridor,” he added.
18 On the state government’s housing program, the president praised its inclusiveness, saying that “it is equally moving that it cuts across different social strata, capturing those with low, middle and upper income.”
19 While admiring the Gateway City Gate Project, the Nigerian leader said:
20 ” It is not just a park beautification project. It represents that something new is happening in the state of Ogun, a welcome entrance to the state capital at the central point of the state.
22 ” Your Excellency, well done! I am proud of what you have done for your State and your people.
24 “These noble projects could not have materialized without their enormous investment and commitment to the safety of lives and property,” he said.
25 In response to the governor’s requests to prioritize the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta and Sango Otta-Idiroko highways, the president assured the people of Ogun that these highways would receive the attention of the federal government.
26 The president announced that the federal government would consider extending the tax credit as a financing option for the reconstruction of these highways, as was done for the 100 km Sagamu Interchange-Papalanto-Ilaro highway.
27 Similarly, the president promised to consider the approval of the reconstruction of Sagamu-Ogijo Road by Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited under the tax credit scheme.
28 The president thanked the residents of the state for the warm welcome they gave him and his entourage in the Gateway State, “which is my first visit to any State in the New Year.
29 “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.
30 ” The traditional hospitality of the people of this state has not diminished one bit. Today I am ‘Omowale’ and I am very happy on this return home to meet my brothers and sisters whose goodwill I have always enjoyed. Thanks.”
31 The president also congratulated the people of Ogun for having such a focused, deliberate and inclusive administration under the supervision of Abiodun.
32 Therefore, he urged them to continue supporting the governor for the successful implementation of the “Building Our Future Together” agenda of his administration.
33 ” The reward for success is more hard work to meet people’s growing expectations.
34 “When state governments deliver impactful projects, in consultation with stakeholders, as we have seen in Ogun State, the trajectory of our national development will improve,” emphasized Mr. Buhari.
35 The president, who was awarded the “honorary indigenismo” of the state, said:
36 “It is also with a sense of responsibility that I receive and value the honorary indigenous character that was granted to me, as symbolized by the delivery of the Gateway State key by Governor Abiodun.
37 “I will leave Ogun State with fond memories and I hope to enjoy the privilege of my honorary Indian status.”