Ogun @ 40: Cleric tasks Amosun on youth unemployment, agricultural development
Former Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion),The Most Reverend Jasper Peter Akinola, has tasked the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, to look towards the direction of addressing youth employment and agricultural development in the future interest of the state.
Akinola in his sermon at the 40th anniversary thanksgiving service in commemoration of the creation of the state held at the Cathedral of St.Peter,Ake,Abeokuta,on Sunday, said the state have invested heavily in infrastructural development at the detriment of agriculture and youth unemployment challenge.
The service was attended by the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, former Head of Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, wife of former president, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Suraj Adekunbi, the Chief Judge of the state, Honourable Olatokunbo Olopade, past and present public servants in the state among others.
The cleric said the attention given to infrastructure in the state,ought to have been shared among other major sectors,admonishing the governor to generate adequate resources to cater for the needs of the people.
He urged the governor to follow the footsteps of the Sage,Chief Obafemi Awolowo in engaging the youths in things that would make them productive to the society.
Primate Akinola said the celebration was an opportunity for the state to take stock of all that he had been achieved within the period under review,maintaining that the state is blessed with natural and human resources.
He said, " Let us thank God for the past and present governors that have contributed to the development of the state,especially Senator Ibikunle Amosun for the unprecedented infrastructural development in the state.
"This celebration gives us opportunity to take stock. How have we fared so far? In terms of giving,God has blessed us naturally and human resources. How do we judge ourselves as we take stock of what we have achieved in the last 40 years.
"We must as a people begin from today to generate adequate resources to cater for our needs. The oil money is fast disappering. Ogun must begin to generate adequate resources to cater for the people.
"Today, we have assembly of youths who are jobless. If these unemployed youths come together to fight their cause, they will bring down this nation. The state has invested heavily in infrastructure but much still need to be done in other areas." he added.
Governor Amosun in his short remarks acknowledged the issues raised by Primate Akinola and promised that his administration would addressed them in the overall interest of the state.
He said the celebration for not just for merry making about what his administration had recroded as achievements in the last four and half years.
The governor appreciated all his predecessors in office for the success story,saying " the celebration is not about me and our administration.
"All the people that have served Ogun State without execption have contributed their own quota to the development of the state.
"We have penciled down all the issues raised by Papa Akinola and we promised that all of them will be addressed."
The Awujale of Ijebu land, Oba Sikiru Adetona, will, today, host President Muhammadu Buhari, to a private lunch at his palace in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State.
Buhari will be visiting Ogun State to take part in activities commemorating the 40th anniversary of the state.
This is the first time President Buhari will be hosted to a luncheon by any ruler since he became President on May 29, 2015. The royal fathers in Ijebu land, Otunba, members of the Council of Chiefs and select personalities were invited to the lunch, which will hold at the Banquet Hall of the Awujale Palace by 2 p.m.
Post by colonial pikin on Feb 1, 2016 13:11:04 GMT
Buhari pays working visit to Ogun today
Ogun State government has concluded all arrangements to receive President Mohammadu Buhari who is to pay a working visit to the state today to commission some laudable projects in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the state.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa who spoke to journalists in Abeokuta mentioned the projects to include six-lane roads, flyovers, modern markets and “model” secondary schools.
The Ijebu Monarch, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona is to host the President today to a private luncheon at his palace, Ijebu-Ode as part of activities lined up for the day.
Adeoluwa, a lawyer who titled his speech “Operation 40, 40” affirmed that the 50 hectare palm plantation at Ipokia, Alagbagba’s cocoa plantation in Odeda Council area and the multi-billion naira Degun Workers’ Estate, Ijebu-Ode and the Three Hills Estate would also be commissioned by the President who is scheduled to spend two days in the State.
Buhari, he said would arrive the State on Monday, February 1.
The government’s scribe disclosed that there were 100 on-going projects of which 60 had been completed but the government chose to commission the 40 to mark the anniversary.
A statement by the Media Co-ordinator of the event, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye yesterday indicated “This is the first time that President Buhari will be hosted to a luncheon by any traditional ruler in Nigeria since he became President on May 29, 2015. The royal fathers in Ijebu land, Otunbas, members of the Council of Chiefs and select personalities have been exceptionally invited to the luncheon, which will hold at the Banquet Hall of the Awujale Palace by 2.00 p.m.”
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I watched this programme today and I'm happy that the governor actually thinks like "ordinary people". They know what the people are saying, but as funds manager, they have to allocate the scarce resources they have to where they can reap bountifully.
Sometimes what you see is not exactly what you think you see. You need to look again to be sure.