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Amosun Mourns Dipo Famakinwa

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has described as “shocking, sudden and sad,” the death of Mr. Dipo Famakinwa, Director general of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, DAWN Commission.

Famakinwa was said to have died in the morning of Friday, April 21, 2017.

The governor, while reacting to news of the death of Famakinwa, on Friday, said, “it is a great loss to the Southwest geo-political zone and indeed the entire nation.”

He added that, “the death of Famakinwa is a blow to the regional integration efforts of the States of Western Nigeria where he had effectively created a template for regional competitiveness and optimization.”

The Ogun State governor commiserated with the wife and children left behind by the late DG of DAWN Commission and prayed that the Almighty God grants them the fortitude to bear the loss.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
April 21, 2017
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PRESS RELEASE

The Ogun State Government will host the meeting of the South West Governors' Forum on Monday, 24th April, 2017.

Venue of the meeting, scheduled to start at 11am, is the Government House, Oke-Igbein, Abeokuta, the state capital.

The meeting is to further evaluate the key areas of cooperation that will foster unity and progress towards the development of the region.

It will also explore areas of collaboration that would engender good governance.

Some of the thematic areas to be discussed are
1)Export development initiatives for the Western region
2) Security, in view of the current contemporary unwholesome activities of some criminal elements parading themselves as militants now ravaging parts of the region.

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Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa
Secretary to the State Government
20th April, 2017

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Day 1 of the African Drums Festival kicks of in grand style.. 📸@senatoribikunleamosun beating the #worldstallestdrum #africandrumsfestival to declare open the 2017 edition at June 12 Cultural Center Abeokuta Ogun State .
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Culture, Drums on Display as Ogun Hosts 2017 African Drums Festival

Ogun State Government literally rolled out the drums on Thursday, with the opening ceremonies of the 2017 African Drums Festival in Abeokuta.
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Culture, Drums on Display as Ogun Hosts 2017 African Drums Festival

Ogun State Government literally rolled out the drums on Thursday, with the opening ceremonies of the 2017 African Drums Festival in Abeokuta.
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African Drums Festival 2017 kicks off in Abeokuta

The 2017 African Drums Festival started in Abeokuta, on Thursday with beautiful performances and march parade by the different troupes, states and countries represented at the event.
Below are some of the pictures at the opening ceremonies.
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African drums festival 2017 ... reviving our culture in drums. Programme of events.
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D-Day is here as all is set for Ogun State to host the rest of Africa. Come and enjoy the true sound of Africa
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Militants: Amosun Calls for Better Policing

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has charged security agencies to checkmate the infiltration of militants terrorising riverine areas of the state.
The governor stated this, on Wednesday, while receiving the Deputy Inspector General of Police overseeing the South West region, D.I.G Foluso Adebanjo at his Oke Mosan, Abeokuta office.
Governor Amosun, who harped on the need for proactive measures to be taken to nip criminal activities in the bud, expressed confidence that the police and other security agencies are up to the task.
The Governor, while commending the efforts of the state police command in maintaining peace and order, solicited for an increase in the number of police zones in the state.
The governor called for more police presence in the three Senatorial Districts of the state.
He further assured that Ogun State would not be a comfort zone for criminals.
In order to further boost police operations in Ogun State, Governor Amosun also seized the opportunity to announce that the state is giving two additional Armoured Personnel Carrier, APCs and Hilux vehicles to the police.
Speaking earlier, DIG Adebanjo said he was in Ogun State to assess and proffer solutions to the crime rate in the geo-political region on the orders of the Inspector General of Police.
D.I.G Adebanjo, who lauded the developmental strides of the present administration in the state, commended the state Governor for creating an enabling environment and a safe haven for businesses to thrive.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
April 19, 2017
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African Drums Festival 2017
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Ogun Set to Host 2017 African Drums Festival

*Unveils Festival Logo

All is now set for the 2017 African Drums Festival, organised by the Ogun State Government.
Billed to hold between Thursday, April 20 and Saturday, April 22, the 2017 African Drums Festival, is an expanded version of the 2016 maiden edition tagged, the Nigerian Drums Festival.
Recall that at the maiden edition in 2016, the Ogun State government unveiled the world's tallest drum.
Speaking at a World Press Conference to unveil the official logo for the 2017 African Drums Festival, on Tuesday, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who was represented by his Deputy, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga, said over 20 African countries have so far indicated interest in participating at the African Drums Festival.
This is in addition to the over 12 states of the Federation that have so far confirmed attendance while others have also indicated interest.
The governor added that the festival, with the theme, "Reviving Our Culture in Drums," would reveal the richness and depth of Ogun, Nigeria and by extension, African culture to the world.
Governor Amosun, while emphasizing the preservation of African cultural heritage, said "the 2017 African Drums Festival would afford us the opportunity to learn from our cultural values and diversity and promote African unity."
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the 2017 African Drums Festival Local Organising Committee and the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, said the event would boost the economy of Ogun State and showcase talents of the people as well as its rich cultural heritage.
Barr. Adeoluwa added that the state government was committed to sustaining the festival and using it to place Ogun State on the world map for good reasons.
In his welcome address, Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Muyiwa Oladipupo said the festival would foster development, growth and unity, not only in Nigeria, but also in Africa as a whole.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
April 18, 2017
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DRUMS FESTIVAL; OGUN TO UNVEIL LOGO TUESDAY

A World Press Conference and unveiling of the logo of the second edition of the African Drums Festival, organised by the Ogun State Government, will hold next Tuesday, 18th April, 2017 at the banquet Hall of the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto Abeokuta, at 10a.m.

According to a statement by the State Ministry of Information and Strategy, the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa is expected to address the conference alongside the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Barr. Muyiwa Oladipo and his Information and Strategy counterpart, Chief Adedayo Adeneye.

The statement added that stakeholders in the Arts and Culture sector from within and outside the country are also expected to attend the briefing preparatory to the African Drums Festival 2017, with the theme, "Reviving our Culture in Drums", holding between Thursday, 20th to Saturday 22nd, April 2017

The maiden edition of the festival was held last year as part of the State Government's efforts to rejuvenate indigenous culture. #africandrumsfestival
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Amosun Urges Love, Selfless Service At Easter

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has called on Nigerians to emulate the virtues and values exemplified by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Ogun State governor stated this in an Easter message issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Adejuwon Soyinka, on Saturday.

While congratulating Christians for the observance of this years’ Easter, Governor Amosun urged all Nigerians, Christians and Muslims alike, to emulate the life of Jesus Christ in rendering selfless service and love to others, irrespective of ethnic or religious differences.

“For us as Nigerians, there is a lot to be learnt from the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ whose life exemplified unconditional love for humanity irrespective of ethnic, religious or social divides,” Governor Amosun said.

He added that, “more than observing Easter with fanfare and celebration, Nigerians need to imbibe the lessons of the season and make good use of it in our daily lives and in our interactions with others.”

As far as the Ogun State Governor is concerned, Nigeria will be a better place for all “when Nigerians relate with one another with unconditional love and render selfless service to nation and fellow country men and women.”

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
April 15, 2017
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JUMA'AT PRAYER ON GOOD FRIDAY: President Buhari observes Juma'at service in State House alongside Governor of Ogun, Senators and other illustrious Nigerians on 14th April 2017. ... See MoreSee Less

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African Drums festival is just around the corner as Ogun state gets ready to host Africa from April 20th to 22nd 2017.
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Amosun Commends World Bank, Others for Support towards Development of Ogun

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has said that his government would continue to leverage on the experience, contributions and support of relevant development partners and agencies to boost its economy.

Amosun stated this while hosting a delegation, consisting teams from World Bank, Rural Access Mobility Programme (RAMP) and Federal Ministry of Works, in his office yesterday.

The governor commended the efforts of the World Bank in challenging the state to work on its rating on the ease of doing business, which he noted, has made the state improve tremendously, by making it one of the best rated state in ease of doing business in Nigeria.

While appreciating the support of the three development partners in the development strides in the state, the governor assured that the state government would not take the support for granted, but work towards taking the advantages of value chains in agricultural development.

Amosun however emphasised the need for the various partners to work towards improving on infrastructure that would help in developing agricultural, rural development and other sectors.

Leader of the delegation and Senior Private, Sector Development Specialist of the World Bank, Mrs. Feyi Boroffice had earlier said that the team is partnering the state government to facilitate development in agriculture, transportation and other sectors of the economy, to achieve results.

Also speaking, the bank's Team Leader on Transportation, Mr Tesfa Micheal noted that there is need to improve on the transportation infrastructure, to boost economic and industrialisation potentials of the state.

Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
April 11, 2017
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Amosun Lauds N-Power Initiative of FG

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has lauded the N-Power initiative of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government, aimed at creating employment for the youths.

Amosun, speaking while receiving the N-Power Monitoring Team, set up by the Presidency, to access the level of implementation of the project across the country in his office yesterday, charged the 5,300 N-Power Ambassadors, that are the current beneficiaries from Ogun State, out of the 200,000 nationwide, to take full advantage the programme offers to improve their skills.

He expressed satisfaction with the way the programme is being run and assured that his administration would continue to complement and support programmes as well as policies of the Federal Government.

Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Job Creation and Youth Employment and Leader of the team, Mr. Afolabi Imonkhuede disclosed that the team would visit the three Senatorial Districts of the state to have first hand information on the N-Power programme.

Imonkhuede informed that the Federal Government plans to employ 500,000 youths, with 200,000 already employed, assuring that the Federal Government would soon start the recruitment of others.

Speaking on behalf of N-Power Ambassadors, Mr. Olalekan Mutairu of N-Teach, Mr. Ogunjimi Abayomi of N-Agro and Miss Oyedele Kafayat of N-Health, lauded the Presidency for taking youths off the streets, adding that this gesture would bring to the barest minimum, criminal activities across the nation.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
April 11, 2017
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Ogun Is Open To More Investments - Amosun

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has said that inspite of currently being the industrial hub of Nigeria, the gateway state is open to more investors, both foreign and local.

The governor stated this, on Tuesday, while playing host to the management team of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission, NIPC at his Oke Mosan, Abeokuta office.

The NIPC team was led to the Governor's office by the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Ms Yewande Sadiku.

In the course of the visit, the Governor emphasized the value his administration place on attracting investors both local and foreign.

This, he said, was responsible for the fact that today, "Ogun State is the industrial hub of Nigeria and we are still attracting more."

The governor added that, only recently, the British Deputy High Commissioner in Nigeria corroborated Ogun State's position as the industrial capital of Nigeria, when she said that a recent study conducted by the Commonwealth Secretariat and PriceWaterHouseCoopers, PWC, showed that Ogun State alone attracted 75 per cent of the overall Foreign Direct Investments, FDI that Nigeria got in 2016.

Sadiku, on her part said she decided to visit the Ogun State Governor in recognition of the giant strides his administration is making in Ogun State.

"We look out for States that are doing very well and have shown genuine willingness to encourage investments and investors and Ogun State is indeed a leader in that group," she said.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
April 11, 2017.
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Amosun Hosts Nestle Nigeria PLC MD

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Tuesday, also played host to the new Managing Director/CEO of Nestle Nigeria Plc, Mr. Mauricio Alarcon at his Oke Mosan, Abeokuta office.

The visit was the first by new MD/CEO of Nestlé Nigeria Plc to the Governor.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
April 11, 2017.
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Ogun Commences 7.5km Road Construction

*Promises Timely Completion

The Ogun State Government has commenced the construction of a six lane, dual carriage, Ogun Standard road, along the Enugada-Adatan-Ajitadun-Mokola-Ake axis in Abeokuta with the assurance that the project and other ongoing projects in the state, will be completed in record time.

The state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, gave the assurance, on Sunday, while monitoring a demolition exercise to pave way for the 7.5km road that comes with modern day furnitures such as street lights, median, walk ways and drainages on both sides.

Governor Amosun who reaffirmed that his administration would not abandon any project, promised that more developmental projects that would be of immense benefits to Ogun citizens would still be done before the end of his tenure.

Speaking with newsmen earlier, the Deputy Governor, Mrs.Yetunde Onanuga, thanked the people for their cooperation, saying there was no resistance of any kind against the demolition which is a clear demonstration of the fact that the people appreciates the development the government is bringing to the area.

On his part, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite said the state government is paying a total sum of N8billion as compensation for the houses affected by the demolition exercise adding that about N2bn out of this sum, has already been disbursed.

Arc. Adegbite added that apart from payment of compensations, the state government is also providing temporary relocation support for the aged and physically challenged affected by the demolition exercise.

As early as 6am on Sunday, some of the residents of the affected structures were seen removing the roof of their buildings and moving out their belongings in a show of cooperation and understading of the government effort.

Some of the residents who spoke with the media include Mr. Sina Akinpelu and Mrs. Monsurat Akinbile. They both expressed satisfaction with the developmental effort and urged the government to fast track the compensation plan as well as ensure timely completion of the road.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
April 9, 2017.
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Amosun Sensitises Citizens Ahead of Demolition Exercise

*Orders Immediate Relocation of Aged, Physically Challenged

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Saturday, embarked on a sensitisation walk around Ebugada- Adatan; Ake-Ilugun-Mokola and Ajitadun-Itoku areas of Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

The governor undertook the walk as a means of preparing residents of these areas of the impending demolition exercise in the area.

In the course of the sensitisation walk, the governor went from house to house and made arrangements for the immediate relocation of the aged and physically challenged.

The demolition exercise, which is meant to make way for the construction and expansion of the affected roads, commences on Sunday morning.

It will be recalled that the affected buildings have been marked for demolition since 2012 while residents have been sensitised over the years.

In addition to that, affected house owners have also been encouraged to come forward for payment of compensation starting from Monday, April 10.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
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Ogun State host African Drums Festival #africandrumsfestival
April 20 - 22
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African 🌍 drums festival 2017
April 20 - 22.
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Amosun Hosts Ogun Chamber of Commerce

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday, played host to the Chairman, Ogun Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Adesola Adebutu; German consultant to OGUNCCIMA, Mr. Keteler Karl-Heinz; and the Vice President, Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chief (Mrs) Alaba Lawson, among others.

The team visited the Governor at his Oke Mosan, Abeokuta office, to intimate him of the activities of the German Delegation on Dual Vocational Training working in partnership with the OGUNCCIMA.
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Amosun Consolidates Hold on Party Structure

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Wednesday, took some decisive steps showing political dexterity by reorganising the structure of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ogun State.

The governor, in a move aimed at renewing the hope and commitment of faithful party members, announced the composition of the party structure in the new 37 Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs.

The restructuring saw the party apparatus populating the new 37 Local Council Development Areas with a 26 man executive each.

This was made possible because apart from Lagos State, only Ogun State has been approved by the National Headquarters of APC to have 57 LGs/LCDAs party structure. This new structure is also what will be used for the local and state congresses in 2018.

In addition to that, the governor also announced the commencement of monthly allowance payment to party executive members at all level.

Added to these is a monthly empowerment of ten (10) persons per ward in all the 349 wards in Ogun State.

The implication of this development is that 3,490 party members across Ogun State will participate in the empowerment programme monthly, which translates into 34,900 persons in the next ten months.

To crown it all, the governor then announced the provision of 57 brand new buses to be distributed to the party in each local government and local council development areas of the state.

Just like he did when the state had 20 local government areas, the buses are his personal contribution to the party hierarchy at the local council level across the state.

With the provision of the 57 new buses, the governor then requested that the previous 20 be returned to him on or before Friday, April 7, 2017.
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Amosun Begins Construction of 285 Rural Roads

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Wednesday, said the state government is set to immediately construct, rehabilitate and expand a total of 285 rural roads spread across the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas of the state.

The governor disclosed this at a stakeholders' meeting held at the Obas' complex, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta on the construction and rehabilitation of rural roads under the Ogun State Rural Access and Mobility Project, RAMP 3.

Governor Amosun, who revealed that the roads would improve industrialisation of the state's economy, added that apart from the 285 roads to be fixed by the state government, an additional 500km rural roads would be rehabilitated by the Access and Mobility project of the World Bank.

He added that the elected leaderahip of the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas, LG/LCDAs have also been provided monthly fund to tackle infrastructural development projects of their choice within their areas of jurisdiction.

Speaking on the benefits of these projects, the Governor said it would enhance agricultural development and help easy movement of agricultural products.

This, he said, would be in addition to the social and economic benefits that comes with having local contractors handle these projects.

Governor Amosun, who described the provision of social amenities, especially good road network, as a catalyst for the desired rural development, said his administration would collaborate with development partners to consolidate its efforts in providing agricultural value chain.

The governor explained that it is the desire of his administration to provide equal access to infrastructural facilities for people both in the urban and rural areas of the state.

Earlier in her welcome address, Ogun State Deputy Governor, Chief Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga, who supervises the Ministry of Rural Development, explained that the World Bank Rural Access and Mobility Projects as well as other infrastructural development projects of the state in the rural areas are geared towards reducing rural - urban drift, which she said, has become a major challenge.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
April 5, 2017
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Amosun Inaugurates Technical Committee for Proposed University and Polytechnic
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has inaugurated an eleven-man Technical Committee to midwife the take-off of the proposed Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abeokuta and the Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia.

Amosun, at the ceremony, held at the Governor's office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, yesterday, promised that his government would fully support and implement the recommendations of the committee.

According to him, the decision for the upgrade of the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic to a University of Science and Technology and the establishment of the Ogun State Polytechnic, was to ensure that the his administration leaves a lasting legacy in the education sector in the state.

The governor advised the members of the committee to bring their wealth of experience gathered over the years in university management and administration to bear and fast track the establishment of the institutions, stressing the need for the committee to facilitate and obtain all necessary approvals for the take-off of the institutions.

Former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC) and Chairman of the committee, Prof. Peter Okebukola, in his acceptance speech, reaffirmed the determination of the committee to ensure that the institutions become pacesetters for all universities of science and technology and polytechnics in the country.

He also promised to apply global best practices in the set up of the institutions, adding that high value researches from the institutions would aid socio-economic development of the state in particular and Nigeria in general.

Prof. Oludele Itiola is Secretary of the committee, while members are Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Prof. Rahmon Bello, Prof. Ganiu Olatunde, Prof. Femi Bamiro, Dr. Sabur Raji, Dr. Ebenezer Nkom, Chief (Mrs.) Ronke Folarin, Mr. Bola Bankole and Mr. Rahim Jimoh.
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(L-R) Ogun State Deputy Governor, Chief Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga; President, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Alhaji Waheed Odusile and the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, when the leadership of the NUJ paid a courtesy visit on the Governor at his Oke Mosan, Abeokuta office ... See MoreSee Less

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We Will Serve with More Vigour - Amosun

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has assured of his administration's commitment to always place the welfare of Ogun citizens on the front burner.

The governor gave the assurance, on Tuesday, while addressing the leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists led by its President, Alhaji Waheed Odusile, who came on a courtesy visit to the Governor in his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office.

The NUJ leadership also seized the opportunity to formally inform the governor of the union's decision to honour him with the 2016 Excellence in Leadership Award.

Explaining the rationale for choosing the Ogun State Governor for the award, Odusile said it was in recognition of the giants strides Governor Amosun has recorded in his mission to rebuild Ogun State.

"As journalists, we have gone round the country and we are impressed with the level of development we have seen in Ogun State," he said.

The Governor who appreciated the Union for recognising him with the award, said it would spur and challenge his administration to do more and serve the state with greater sense of dedication, vigor and vitality.

"I will continue to serve the good people of Ogun State with more dedication, vigour and hardwork," Governor Amosun said.

While assuring that his administration would not leave any projects abandoned Governor Amosun said, "contractors have been mobilized back to site across the state and we promise to complete all projects initiated across the state before the end of our tenure."

Speaking on the welfare of civil servants in Ogun State, Governor Amosun who promised to offset all outstanding cooperative deductions before the end of the year, revealed that about 6 months of the deductions would be paid from the Paris Club refund the state is expecting.

He also seized the ocassion to announce that the state government has concluded plans to pay the October 2016 salaries of some workers who took part in an illegal strike action last year. Govermor Amosun said the payment would be effected before the commemoration of this year's Workers Day on May 1.

It will be recalled that the state government evoked the 'no work, no pay rule' in response to a politically motivated strike action embarked upon by a section of the labour movement in the state in September 2016.

Speaking earlier, Odusile commended the Governor for the infrastructural development that has dotted the nooks and crannies of the state.

He also appreciated the Governor for hosting the first NUJ Media Summit in 2016.
Alhaji Odusile noted that the Mission to Rebuild Ogun State is already yielding results and helping in the process of creating a desirable future for the gateway state.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
April 4, 2017
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L-R Wife of former President, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo, former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Juju music maestro, Evangelist Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi, during a church service to mark the 75th birthday of Obey-Fabiyi in Abeokuta. ... See MoreSee Less

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Amosun Describes Ebenezer Obey As A Living Icon at 75

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Sunday, congratulated Juju music maestro, multi-talented entertainer and gospel music exponent, Ebenezer Olasupo Obey-Fabiyi, on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

Felicitating with the world renowned musician otherwise known as “Chief Commander,” who turns 75 on Monday, April 3, the Ogun State Governor said, “the occasion of your birthday is an opportunity to reflect on the profound impact that you have made, not just on your generation, but on several generations coming behind you through the instrumentality of music.”

He described the Juju music maestro as “one of the living icons of Ogun State and one of those individuals who have used their talents to place the name of Nigeria on the global map for positive reasons.”

The Ogun State Governor said, Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi is one of those Ogun State indigenes that are making the state and indeed the whole of Nigeria proud.

“In addition to the Juju music genre in which you have created a permanent niche for yourself, your foray into gospel music was also an instant success,” the Governor said.

Governor Amosun added, “as you turn 75, I can only pray that the Almighty God continues to bless you with good health and sound mind so that you can keep being a blessing to your fans in Nigeria and all over the world.”
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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
April 2, Horóscopo Diario 2017
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Amosun Allocates 1,050 Ultra Modern Shops to Traders

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday, allocated about 1,050 open, lock up shops, market stalls and shop spaces to traders who are beneficiaries of newly constructed ultra modern shopping malls located at Laderin, Sapon, Isale Igbehin, Itoku and Omida areas of Abeokuta.

Governor Amosun, speaking after allocating the shops to beneficiaries, promised to replicate the same modern shopping malls in Ijebu Ode, Sagamu, Sango Ota, and Ifo areas of the state.

He explained that the construction of these malls across the state would aid development and bring socio-economic benefits to citizens.
The Governor noted that consequent upon the allocation, no trader would henceforth be allowed to display their wares flagrantly by the road side.

Governor Amosun explained that the ultra modern shopping complexes were distributed, first to those traders whose stalls were demolished in order to pave way for the modern market construction.

He also seized the ocassion to assure those who were not included in the present allocation that the state government has started the construction of the second phase of the modern shopping complexes.

Governor Amosun assured the traders of his administration's commitment to always create enabling environment for their businesses to thrive adding that all those selling related items have been allocated shops beside each other for easier access to their products by customers.

The modern shopping malls have facilities such as elevators, escalators, electricity, private and general toilets and other modern conveniences.

In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Arc. Lekan Adegbite, disclosed that toilet facilities built for the markets would be managed by private sector facility managers.

In her address, the General Manager and Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs. Jumoke Akinwunmi, said the ultra modern markets are needed because of the level of socio-economic development that have dotted the entire state and for the benefits of traders.

Speaking on behalf of the allottees, the Iyalojas and Babalojas of Itoku, Sapon, Omida and Isale-Igbehin markets unanimously expressed their appreciation to the Governor for fulfilling his promise to traders.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
March 30, 2017.
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Ogun Attracts 75% of Foreign Direct Investment in Nigeria - UK Envoy

The British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Laure Beaufils, on Thursday, revealed that 75 percent of the Foreign Direct Investments, FDI, in Nigeria, is now in Ogun State.

The British envoy stated this when she led a delegation from the Department for International Development, DFID, on a courtesy visit to the Governor at his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office.

In the course of the visit, the British envoy expressed delight at the development and wanted to know how the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led administration has been able to attract that much FDI to the gateway state.

Beaufils expressed the intention of the British government to engage the state and assist it in the Agricultural and Agro-Allied sector.

She added that the DFID is in Ogun State to know how and what the Governor Amosun led government is doing to have attracted such level of foreign investments and to further assist the state.

Responding, the Governor thanked the DFID for offering to assist Ogun State in the area of Agriculture and capacity development.

Governor Amosun stressed the need for the DFID to assist Ogun State in several other areas adding that his administration would always interface with development partners and agencies that have the wherewithal to support the state.

The Governor, who commended the Agency for its contributions so far to the development of Nigeria, urged it to further assist Nigeria in its bid to diversify its economy.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor.
March 30, 2017
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Governor Amosun at Chief Folake Solanke's 85th Birthday

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Wednesday, joined other dignitaries including the Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, to celebrate the 85th birthday of the first female Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Folake Solanke.

The birthday was celebrated with the public presentation of two books in Ibadan and expectedly drew attendance from distinguished Nigerian lawyers.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
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Governor Amosun at the 80th Birthday of Hon. Justice (Mrs) Yetunde Abiodun Adewolu

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Tuesday, joined dignitaries from all walks of life to celebrate the 80th birthday of Hon Justice (Mrs) Yetunde Abiodun Adewolu in Abeokuta.
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Governor Amosun at Colloquium Marking Tinubu's 65th Birthday

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Tuesday, joined other dignitaries from all over Nigeria at a Colloquium marking the 65th birthday of All Progressives Congress, APC Chieftain, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at the Eko Hotel, Lagos.
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Contractors Are Back to Site - Amosun

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday, announced that contractors working on all the ongoing projects across the state have been mobilized back to site.

Governor Amosun, stated this while briefing journalists after the weekly State Executive Council meeting held at the Governor's office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, on Monday.

"Contractors working on all our ongoing projects have been mobilised back to site across the state in the last one week and activities will now resume fully in all those places," Governor Amosun said.

The Governor, who assured that no project would be abandoned, said his administration would make meaningful impacts in all the sectors especially Education, Housing, Agriculture and Health.

"We are determined to change the landscape of Ogun State completely," Governor Amosun said.
In the area of road infrastructure, the governor mentioned some of the roads where contractors have been mobilized back to site to include Magboro-Arepo road; Ilara-Ijoun-Ilase road; Ejinrin-Oluwalogbon road; Ijoko-Akute-Alagbole road; Lafenwa-Ayetoro road; and Enugada-Adatan road, Ikangba-Ilese-Itele- Ijebu Mushin road that spans across four local government areas; Ijebu Igbo bridge; Ilisan-Ago Iwoye road; Folagbade-Ibadan garage-Imowo road and Sagamu-Ogijo road among several others.

In the same vein, Governor Amosun also mentioned Atan-Agbara-Lusada road; Ilo-Awela road; Ilaro-Owode road; Ilaro township road; Ilaro township bridge and Ojuore Ota bridge among several others.

He added that pedestrian bridges would also be constructed in Panseke, Mowe and Ibafo areas of the state.

While explaining the capital intensive nature of the Sango-Ojodu Abiodun road, Governor Amosun said contractors have also been mobilised to return to the project while assuring that the five flyovers on the road would be the first to be completed.

Governor Amosun further revealed that rural dwellers are not left out in the infrastructural development assuring that contractors have been mobilised to work on rural roads across the state.

The Governor also reaffirmed his administrations' commitment towards completing the Abeokuta City Center, the Airport, and railway projects before the end of his tenure of office.

Governor Amosun also called on the Federal Government to cede some of the Federal roads in the state such as the Sagamu-Ogijo road, Papalanto-Interchange road, Epe-Ijebu Ode road and Lagos-Sango-Abeokuta road to the state for proper maintenance.

The Governor who commended the President Muhammadu Buhari led government for leaving no one in doubt about it's intention to fix the huge infrastructural deficit in the country, revealed that the Federal Government has promised to refund N124 billion naira to Ogun State government for the federal roads reconstructed across the state.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
March 27, 2017.
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Amosun Set to Allocate Shopping Complex

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Saturday, announced that all was now set for the allocation of modern shopping complexes, built by the state government, to traders on Thursday March 30, 2017.

The governor disclosed this in the course of interaction with traders at Omida market, Itoku market, Sapon market and Isale Igbein market when he visited on Saturday evening.

In the course of what appears like a sensitisation walk, the governor personally went round to interact with the market men and women while intimating them with plans to allocate the ultra modern shopping complexes on Thursday, March 30, 2017.

In the course of the interaction, the governor explained that stores in the shopping complexes would be allocated first to traders who were dislocated to pave way for those modern shopping complexes to be constructed.

"You will recall that back then, we took your photographs, did video recordings and took other records of your shops that were affected.

Now we are simply going back to the records and would allocate, first to those who were affected," Governor Amosun said.

Explaining why it took a while for the newly built ultra modern shopping complexes to be allocated, the governor said it was due to the need to ensure that all categories of traders were catered for.

"We realised that not all our people can afford to take up shops within the newly built ultra modern shopping malls not only because of cost but also due to the number of shops available. So we decided to ensure that no one was left behind by constructing some additional market stalls and shops.

Now they are all ready and that is why we are allocating them by this week Thursday," Governor Amosun said.

He added that this would not be a one off exercise as the state government is ready to build additional modern market places in order to accommodate more traders who have signified interest but cannot participate in the current phase.

The newly built ultra modern shopping complexes are fitted with modern conveniences and state of the art facilities, including lifts and escalators.

These fully air conditioned, multi-level modern shopping complexes are set to permanently change the looks and feel of a public marketplace in Ogun State.

Indeed, they are a testament to the success of the Governor Amosun led administration's Mission to rebuild Ogun State.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
March 25, 2017.
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Governor Amosun, Fashola on Project Tour

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Saturday, embarked on a tour of federal roads, housing and power projects in the gateway state.
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Fashola Promises Refund of N124bn to Ogun

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has assured the Ogun State government of the refund of N124 billion spent on the construction of Federal Roads across the state.
Mr. Fashola gave this assurance in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Friday, after he led a team from the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing to Ogun State on an inspection and assessment tour of the federal roads and the ongoing Housing project of the Federal Government in the state.
The Minister, who expressed satisfaction with the quality of the roads and flyover inspected, revealed that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government would adequately reimburse the state.
Speaking on the plans of the Federal government in the Housing sector, Mr. Fashola disclosed that his ministry has started the construction of Federal Housing units along Ajebo road in Abeokuta while another one located at the media village is ongoing.
The Minister also added that his ministry has also intervened in the Magboro area of the state which had no electricity for several years with the laying of cables and the provision of a power plant.
On his part, the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun thanked the Federal government for working its talk especially on the reconstruction of the Lagos - Ibadan expressway.
Governor Amosun called on the Federal government to intervene on some other Federal roads that require urgent attention in the state.
In this respect, the Governor mentioned the likes of Papalantoro - Ilaro road, Lafenwa - Ayetoro road, and Lagos - Abeokuta old road among others.
Governor Amosun also seized the ocassion to mention the fact that no other state in Nigeria has the number of industries that Ogun State currently has.
He added that in view of this, Ogun State contributes almost 40 per cent into the Federal purse.
Governor Amosun said this should naturally necessitate the need to review the federal allocation sharing formula that comes from the non oil sector in order to adequately compensate Ogun.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
March 25, 2017.
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Governor Amosun Hosts Fashola

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Friday, played host to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and his team.

The Minister and his team were in Ogun State on an inspection tour of federal roads and other related projects in the Gateway state.

In the course of the visit, the Minister and his team was also hosted by the Governor at the Government House, Isale Igbein, Abeokuta.

Speaking during the reception, Governor Amosun thanked the President for his commitment towards the development of Nigeria.

The governor also seized the opportunity to call on the Federal government to help fix major federal roads in Ogun State, including the likes of Sango Ota tollgate, among others.

Governor Amosun also reiterated his call on the Federal government to refund Ogun State of monies already spent on Federal roads within its jurisdiction.

Responding, the Minister assured that the Federal government was already working on the refund of fund spent on federal roads by state governments.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
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Ogun Leads Campaign Against Gender Violence

The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has been commended for running a gender friendly administration and always placing issues affecting the well being of women at the fore front.

The commendation came, on Wednesday, in the course of a sensitisation walk against gender based violence held in Abeokuta by the Women Arise for Change Organization.

While commending the governor for personally leading the awareness walk alongside his wife, Dr. Mrs Olufunso Amosun, the President, Women Arise for Change Organization, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, said "Governor Amosun has made Ogun State a pace setter and the rallying point for the campaign against gender based violence in Nigeria."

The awareness walk, which had top government functionaries, members of the civil society, nollywood actors and actresses, took off from the Government House, Isale Igbein and culminated at the June 12 Cultural centre, Kuto, where the Governor was presented with an award for his women-friendly policies.

Governor Amosun who spoke after the awareness walk reiterated his administrations' commitment and determination to resist any act of violence against women in the state.
The Governor explained that Gender based violence should not be taken lightly.

He urged Ogun people to respect and treat women as mothers of the nation, adding that the state government will not tolerate vices against the women folk such as child abuse, wife battery, rape, sexual harassment and deliberate denial of women's rights among others.

In her remarks, the Ogun State First Lady, appealed to women to speak out and report perpetrators of gender based violence to appropriate authorities as this will go a long way in reducing maternal mortality in the country.

She maintained that violence against women is a violation of human rights, adding that drastic measures must be taken to stop gender based violence in order to enable women participate actively in nation building.

"It is essential for us to take action now to stop wife battery, rape, sexual harassment, abduction, and other forms of abuses against women. We must all rise up and take this message to our homes and communities in order to safeguard the future of our women," Mrs Amosun said.

She commended the initiative of Comrade Okei-Odumakin in fighting for the rights of women, calling for more concerted efforts by other stakeholders as a way of reducing gender based violence in the state and the nation at large.

Responding, Comrade Okei-Odumakin said at least one out of every three women around the world had been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused once in her lifetime, saying this must stop in order to protect women and girls in the society.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
March 22, 2017
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Electoral Reform Key for Democracy- Amosun

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has described electoral reform as one of the factors that would make for stronger democracy.

The governor stated this, on Wednesday, while addressing the South west regional public hearing of the Constitutional and Electoral Reform Committee held in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

"Inspite of the fact that we have already existing laws and a number of recommendations for amendment, we need to keep evolving. This is the way to deepen our democracy," the governor said.

While commending the Federal government for setting up the Committee, the Ogun State Governor disclosed that the state government fully supports the quest for state policing amongst other things.

Chairman of the Constitution and Electoral Reform Committee, Senator Ken Nnamani, on his part, called for a situation where elections are won or lost at the polling units and not at the Court Premises.

Senator Nnamani who had earlier led the Committee members on a courtesy visit to the Oke Mosan office of the Governor, noted that people now spend more money on litigation and not electioneering campaigns.

The Chairman called on South-West erudites and other Stakeholders to take a look at the previous Electoral Acts and make recommendations that would be of immense benefit to the electoral process in Nigeria.

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Adejuwon Soyinka

Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
March 22, 2017
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Amosun Urges Councillors to Add Value

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has charged elected Councillors in the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the state to work hard and add value in their various constituencies.

The Governor gave this charge, on Tuesday, at the Oba's Complex, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta while meeting with the newly elected 349 Councillors in Ogun State.

Governor Amosun disclosed that his administration is now focusing more on rural roads, among other projects, spread across the nooks and crannies of the state.

He also assured that no project would be left uncompleted by his administration.

The Governor added that fund has just been released for the construction of offices for all the newly created local council development areas in the state.

Governor Amosun, who described the local government as the closest government to the people, urged the Councillors to justify the confidence reposed in them by the electorates.

The Governor advised them to think out of the box and come up with great ideas to generate more internal revenue.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
March 21, 2017
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Governor Amosun Hosts Hayat Kimya Nigeria Limited

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Tuesday, expressed satisfaction with the rate at which Hayat Kimya Nigeria Limited has expanded its production in Ogun State in less than two years.

The governor stated this while receiving the management team of the company on a courtesy visit at his Oke Mosan, Abeokuta office.

Governor Amosun said he was particularly impressed with the fact that the company, within two years of its operations, is now the second largest producer of Diapers in Nigeria.

He also expressed delight with the expansion plan of the company, which now sees it positioned to practically take over the West African sub regional market.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Hakan Misri, Managing Director of Hayat Kimya Nigeria Limited, thanked the Ogun State governor for providing the enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the Gateway State.

"Due to the conducive and business friendly environment that we have in Ogun State, we are now the number two baby diaper producer in Nigeria in less than a year of production," Misri said.

He added that, "we have trained more than 100 Nigerians and invested over $100m. We are now set to commence the production of toilet papers in April, 2017."

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
March 21, 2017
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Amosun Commends FG for School Feeding Program

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has commended the Federal government for the effective implementation of the school feeding program.

The governor stated this, on Tuesday, when the Minister of State for Budget and Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, led a federal government delegation on an inspection tour of Ogun State.

The tour was meant to ascertain the implementation of the school feeding program in Ogun State.

While expressing satisfaction with the level of implementation of the program in Ogun State, the Minister of State said, "I am really impressed with what I have seen so far in Ogun State."

She added that, "the program is going on fine in Ogun State and we are very happy with the implementation."

Earlier on, the Governor joined the Minister of State to have lunch with children at the St Paul's Demonstration Primary School, Iyana Oluwo, Abeokuta.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
March 21, 2017
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W.H.O Ranks Ogun Number One in Nigeria

The World Health Organization, WHO, has rated Ogun as the number one state in Nigeria in terms of timely and accurate disease surveillance and reporting.

Ogun State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, disclosed this, on Monday, while presenting a Microsoft device in recognition of the award to the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, during the State Executive Council meeting.

Dr. Ipaye revealed that the award was received at a stakeholders' health forum in Enugu organised by the World Health Organisation in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health.

He added that Ekiti and Kano states came second and third respectively in the nationwide ranking.

Dr. Ipaye further explained that with the Microsoft device, the Governor will now be able to monitor the health dashboard directly from his desk and see how the state is fairing in terms of health indices.

In the course of the weekly EXCO meeting, the Governor also announced the elevation of a Senior Special Assistant, Mrs. Remi Onasanya, to the position of a Special Adviser.

The Governor while presenting her with the letter of elevation, after being sworn-in in accordance with the extant civil service rule, informed that the honour was due to her diligence and hard work.

Governor Amosun added that he hopes the elevation of Mrs. Onasanya would spur her and others to do more and always give their best in the service of the state.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
March 20, 2017
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Governor Amosun Receives Minister of State for Budget and Planning

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Monday played host to the Minister of State for Budget & Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed, at his Oke Mosan, Abeokuta office, when the Minister paid him a courtesy visit.
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Be Politically Active, Amosun Urges Professionals

Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has admonished professionals to take active part in the political process saying this is a potent tool for contributing their quota to the development of the nation.

Governor Amosun made this call, on Friday, when he received the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, ICAN, Deacon Titus Soetan, who led other top members of the Institute to pay him a courtesy visit at his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office.

Governor Amosun, while reacting to commendations from the ICAN President on the IGR growth in the state, noted that Ogun has moved from the 29th position to 2nd in the area of IGR generation in the country.

Governor Amosun added that his administration is committed to leaving an enduring legacy that coming generations would build on stating that the forebears of the state left a very high standard.

The Governor further revealed that Ogun State has the highest number of people who have led ICAN which makes the state the home of Accountants.

Speaking earlier, the ICAN President had expressed delight at the pace of infrastructural development in Ogun State.

Speaking with newsmen in an interview, the ICAN President called on professionals to support the economic diversification policy of the federal government by being employers of labour and not mere job seekers.

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Adejuwon Soyinka
Senior Special Assistant (Media)
Ogun State Governor
March 17, 2017.
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