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Ogun to kick-start Amotekun in January – Gov

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…says implementation of Residents Identification Cards commences soon

SEUN SHOTUNDE, ABEOKUTA

Ogun State Government has said that the Southwest Security outfit, Amotekun, would kick-start in the state this January to compliment the efforts of other security agencies in order to tackle the problem of insecurity in the state

This was just as the state government it would also commence the implementation of Residents Identification Cards, to provide a reliable database of the people residing in the state.

Governor Dapo Abiodun, who disclosed in his New Year broadcast, said that the State Health Insurance Scheme, which had been provided with N100m seed fund, will take off in the first quarter of 2021.

Abiodun said that the security network would be headed by a Retired Commissioner of Police, saying that activities on the recruitment of personnel into Amotekun is ongoing

He said “Our Amotekun Security Network will also take off this month to complement the efforts of other security agencies including the community policing of the Nigeria Police. An experienced and reputable retired Commissioner of Police has been appointed as the Commandant, and the recruitment of personnel is ongoing”

The governor also re-stated his government desire to deepen its focus on Infrastructure, Social welfare and well-being, Education, Youth empowerment and job creation and Agriculture (ISEYA Agenda) in the year 2021.

He added that the second phase of 150 units of houses at the Prince Court Estate, Kemta, Abeokuta and other housing projects at Kobape, Sagamu, Ilaro, Ota, Ijebu-Ode and Iperu, would be completed this year.

Abiodun noted that this year’s budget, christened “Budget of Recovery and Sustainability” with a size of N338.6b he just signed, would help his administration in ensuring strategic allocation of resources to different sectors of the economy.

He lamented the effect of COVID-19 pandemic on the state and the entire country had disrupted the solid foundation its administration laid in 2019 with the hope of actualising a vision to move the state forward

The governor said that despite the setbacks and frustrations caused by the pandemic, the state made some achievements in the areas of housing, health, agriculture, education and youth employment, which has led to his being conferred with several awards.

He said that the awards include him being the Best Governor with the Most Improved Security by Business Day Newspaper, Best Governor in Education, by the National Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria, Best Governor in Agriculture and Best in Affordable Housing Delivery by the Nigeria Housing Awards.

Abiodun explained further that contract for the construction of 165.30km of roads across the state had been awarded, while rehabilitation and palliative on 88.60km of roads was on-going as well as building and rehabilitating over 954 classrooms in public schools and the introduction of Virtual learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor also said work was on-going at the various legacy projects including the NNPC- Kuto, Kuto Bridge, Ilaro-Owode and Oluwalogbon-Imowo-Ejirin roads, just as the Osi-Ikole-Navy road in Ota, Ashafa- Oke Fusigboye-Molipa road in Ijebu-Ode, Oba Erinwole road Sagamu and access road around Odo Afa Bridge in Idiroko, Ipokia.

He divulged that efforts of his administration on agriculture was yielding positive results as the state is the number one producer of rice and cassava in the Southwast, saying that the state was gradually becoming the food basket of the country

Abiodun thanked the people for having faith with his government, calling on every citizens in the state to observing all non-pharmaceutical guidelines such as proper wearing of facemasks, social distancing and regular washing of hands to guide against another lock down.

He urged traditional, religious, and community leaders including the media to help in sensitising the people of the severity of the second wave of COVID-19, adding that his administration remained focused despite the virus as it was deliberate, systematic, methodical, inclusive and structured in responses which helped in confronting the many challenges of last year.

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