Inauguration: South West Governors take oath of office

Nnenna Okoronkwo, Luqmon Balogun/Olusola Akintonde/Temitope Obisesan, Lagos, Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan 

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Ogun State

Ogun state Governor, Dapo Abiodun has been sworn in for a second term in office at a ceremony held in Abeokuta, the state capital, southwest Nigeria.

The swearing-in ceremony was conducted  Amid heavy downpours and heavy security.

Abiodun and his Deputy, Noimot Salako – Oyedele took the oath of allegiance and oath of office administered by the Chief Judge of the state, Mrs Mosunmola Dipeolu.

While delivering his inaugural speech, the governor said his administration would continue to work tirelessly for the development and progress of the state.

He explained that his second term would build on successes recorded in the last four years, noting that he would remain focused and not be distracted, pledging to continue to deliver more dividends of democracy to the Ogun state people.

Governor Abiodun added that he would complete all ongoing infrastructure projects, such as roads, and agro cargo / commercial airport, saying his administration would achieve its set target in the health sector.

” We will move speedily to deliver more dividend of democracy. We will provide over 1,000 jobs for our youths and sustain the momentum we have achieved as the industrial capital of Nigeria.

” Our state has come a long way. We will develop new policies and we will not rest on our oars. We are committed to making a difference and fulfill all our promises 

The governor also stated that he had signed the appropriate warrant ordering the immediate release of 49 convicts who were currently imprisoned in different correctional facilities across the state.

” I have also signed a warrant ordering that the death sentences imposed on three death row convicts be immediately converted to prison sentences,” he said.

 

Lagos State

Lagos State Governor Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Deputy Dr Kadiri Hamzat have taken their oath of office the Tafawa Balewa Square Onikan Lagos.

Lagos residents attended the events in thousands to celebrate the 15th Governor of the State.

Despite the heavy down pour the Governor inspected the guard of honor as he exchanged pleasantries with the crowd.

It would be recalled that in 2019, the inauguration of Sanwo-Olu was also witnessed by what was described as showers of blessings.

Speaking after he took the oath of office along side his Deputy, which was conducted by the Chief Judge of the State, Mr Kazeem Alogba, the Governor thanked Lagosians for believing in his agenda of taking the State to greater heights.

The Governor who acknowledged that there were numerous hiccups that slowed down development in the State during the last four years, maintained that they were all addressed with intuitive ideas and cooperation from the citizens of the State.

“Four years ago, we promised a better future for ourselves and our children. We did not think it would be easy, or effortless. In fact, we knew it would require a lot of hard work, and sacrifice, and innovative thinking.

“There were also many things we did not expect or anticipate. Nobody could have foreseen that just ahead of us lay the most disruptive and devastating global health challenge of our lifetime.”

“Nobody anticipated how the ENDSARS protests, which started peacefully, would descend into the most destructive wave of violence Lagos has seen in almost 30 years. We lost tens of billions of Naira worth of public and private property.”

“There were other disasters that our dear State and its residents had to confront, in these last four years. A spate of building collapses that claimed lives, and a massive gas explosion in Abule-Ado, among others,” he said

He said his government has a template for development but was faced with challenges that were eventually surmounted

According to him “In my first term, we set the stage for transformative change. We confronted significant challenges, from improving our infrastructure to ensuring adequate social services, from grappling with economic downturns to navigating a global pandemic. Yet, we never faltered. Our challenges became stepping-stones; and our trials, the foundation of our resilience.

We fought Covid-19, and despite being the national epicenter, we ultimately triumphed. May the souls of all those who lost their lives to the virus rest in peace.

Arsonists and criminals set fire to public and private buildings and property, but they did not achieve their goal of permanently demoralizing us. All of these have helped boost our confidence that we can surmount whatever challenges that come our way.”

He therefore promised that there is so much more than the challenges we the State had faced and surmounted stressing that in the coming years there would be development in the areas of infrastructure, from transportation, Agriculture, Energy, technology among others

Civil Servants
The Lagos State Head of service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola in his address of welcome thanked the good people of the State particularly the State Civil servants for supporting the giant strides of the administration of Mr. Sanwo-Olu.

He stressed that the electorates in the last election made a convincing statement for continuity with their votes which allowed both the Governor and his Deputy to take the mantle of leadership for another four years, and this according to him is a clear testimony of the numerous unprecedented achievements made by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s led administration through the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda.

He however assured that the 149,000 Public Servants will be provided the needed support for the effective and efficient implementation of the administration of Sanwo-Olu in the coming years.

Different groups including, former Commissioners, Body of Permanent Secretaries,members of the Diplomatic corps, traditional and Religious leaders, students, Security Agencies, among others defied the rainfall early this morning to attend the colourful event at the Tafawa Balewa Square, on Lagos Island.

Oyo State

In Oyo state, Governor Seyi Makinde has taken the Oath of Office as the governor of the state for a second term.

Governor Makinde in his inaugural speech directed the creation of the Oyo State Mobilisation Agency for Socio-Economic Development (OMASED).

The ceremony, which was almost disrupted by an early morning rain, was held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Oke-Ado, Ibadan, the state capital.

Due to the rain, the oath-taking of the Deputy and the Governor went in quick succession, while the Deputy Governor, Bayo Lawal, and his wife were ushered to the platform for their oath-taking under umbrellas.

Speaking, Makinde disclosed that in his first term tagged, Omituntun 1.0, his administration prioritised accelerated development by focusing on the four pillars of security, healthcare, education and economic advancement, which he stated had upgraded to 2.0.

The governor stated that in his first tenure, his administration had built a solid foundation for sustainable development and prioritised infrastructural development, among other achievements.

He said: “As we face another four years with this mandate that you have given us, we again, in all humility, ask for your support. With your backing, we know our vision for Omituntun 2.0 will become a reality. 

 “We have shared our plans with you in our Oyo State Roadmap for Sustainable Development 2023 – 2027. And we look forward to four years of sustainable development refocused on four pillars: The Economy, Education, Healthcare and Security,” Makinde noted.

He announced that his second tenure was time to upgrade from Omituntun 1.0 to the Omituntun 2.0 lifestyle for sustainable development and time to appreciate the link between the rule of law and sustainable development.

Makinde stated: “We must appreciate the link between the rule of law and sustainable development. As we all know, where there is no law, there is chaos, and where there is chaos, business and development suffer. We must never allow our communities to descend to the level of chaos that will turn away investors.”

 

The governor therefore directed the creation of the Oyo State Mobilisation Agency for Socio-Economic Development (OMASED) for the establishment of the link between the rule of law and sustainable development.

He noted: “This agency will be mandated to establish a public orientation and sensitisation framework into which all agencies and departments of government must key in. This framework will ensure continuous sensitisation and enlightenment using traditional, electronic and social media. 

 “I further direct that this framework should incorporate a timetable for the enforcement of all existing traffic, waste management and street trading laws,” he declared.

Governor Makinde reassured Oyo State citizens that Omituntun 2.0 would be better than 1.0, as his administration would work harder to ensure that the prosperity that the people had started enjoying under Omituntun 1.0 would continue for four more years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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