President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosun for transforming the state, most especially Abeokuta, the state capital.
He said as Army Commission Officer in 1963, his first posting was Abeokuta.
According to the president, Ogun state has developed in terms of infrastructure.
“If I was asked to go to the familiar places I am used to in those days, I don’t think I would be able to do so because the state has transformed due to the infrastructure development.”
President Buhari was speaking at a reception organised in his honour by the Ogun state government in commemoration of 40years of existence.
The president expressed his appreciation to Governor Amosun for associating him with the tremendous work of developmental transformation in the state.
He also appreciated former president Olusegun Obasanjo whom he said, appointed him as the minister of petroleum under his government.
President Buhari recalled that those were the days when Nigeria was doing well as an exporter of oil.
He emphasized the need to invest more in infrastructure development in the petroleum industry.
The president thereafter commissioned some of the projects executed by Governor Amosun.
They include a modern market; Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti flyover; Model school; Judiciary complex and an estate provided with services
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo was conferred with an award of Icon of all time for his role in the creation of Ogun state, 40 years ago.
Also, two surviving committee members for the creation of the state, Olori Yetunde Gbadebo and Prof. Biyi Afonja were also honoured.
In his remarks, Obasanjo thanked President Buhari for honoring the Ogun state invitation despite his tight schedule.
“For anyone of us to say he single handedly facilitated the creation of Ogun state will not be correct. The creation of Ogun state in 1976 was a collective work of all of us”, Obasanjo added.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun thanked the founding fathers of the state and promised to continue with the good foundation they had laid for the state.
Ogun state was among the 7 states created in 1976 by the Muritala, Obasanjo led administration.
Commissioning of land mark projects continue with the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbanjo, former governors and some indigenes will also unveil projects.