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Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, said his administration would harness opportunities abound in the State, and put in place structures that depict a ‘New Ogun State’ in the next one year.
Governor Abiodun who stated this when he received members of the Institute of Directors of Nigeria (IOD), who paid him a courtesy call in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said he decided to focus on infrastructure, social welfare and wellbeing, education, youth empowerment and agriculture for people to enjoy dividends of democracy.
“We are currently constructing new roads and rehabilitating those that are in deplorable condition. We are also building new houses for our people at an affordable price, working towards repositioning our health sector. I am sure that in the next year when you visit again, you will see a new Ogun State”, he assured.
The Governor advocated for a synergy between the Institute, Federal and State governments, to entrench good governance in the public service, to improve service delivery.
“Find a way of partnering with the Federal and State Government, with a view to further entrench governance in public service, I want to say to you that in Ogun State, we are ready, willing and prepared to work with you’’, Governor Abiodun noted.
He said through its activities, the Institute has helped in developing professional standards of directorship and provide guidelines for Directors to fulfill their responsibility in creating wealth for the development of businesses and society.
Prince Abiodun pointed out that the present administration aligns with the mission of the Institute in good governance, which entails effective and responsible leadership, characterised by ethical values, responsibility, accountability, fairness and transparency,
Speaking earlier, the President of the Institute, Chief Chris Okunowo, acknowledged the administration’s efforts at industrialising the State, through the Ease of Doing Business, adequate security and upgrading of infrastructure across the State.
While describing the administration as a good example of corporate governance, Chief Okunowo commended the government for its human capacity development, noting that the Institute is ready to partner government in improving the capacity of the civil service and entrepreneurship development programme to further empower the youth.
The IOD President maintained that the dynamic approach in handling the COVID-19 pandemic and EndSARS protest, as well as the various interventions in the key sectors of the economy of the State, also reinforced the institute’s belief that the Governor was up to the task of governance.