The governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has reiterated the inclusive governing principles of his administration, committing to uphold transparency, accountability, and citizen participation in state decision-making.
According to him, the goal of Ogun State should be to deliver focused, high-quality governance and to foster a public-private partnership, which is essential for long-term economic growth and individual success.
At the Citizen’s Engagement on the 2024-2026 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and 2024 Budget, held in the Ijebu division of Ogun State, Governor Abiodun stated this.
Abiodun represented by his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele stated that the exercise is required for a multi-year public expenditure planning that is then used to outline the future budget requirements for existing services and access the resource implications of future policy changes and programmes.
In order to clearly define policy objectives and resource allocation, he underlined how the medium-term expenditure framework enhances the transparency of the budget process and budget documentation. In addition, he said that it enables the government the power to implement democratic deliverables without prejudice or emotion.
“ We have perhaps the most conducive environment and adequate infrastructural development models that ensure that Ogun State is the safest place to live, work, and do business, and we are proud as a government to note that our commitment has continued to yield positive results that ensure that existing businesses are thriving while new investments are being attracted in multitude into our dear state’’.
He expressed his gratitude to the Royal Fathers, Community Leaders, neighbourhood watch volunteers, and Hunters who have helped the state’s security system safeguard people’s lives and property while fostering communal harmony and peaceful coexistence.
The meeting was intended to foster citizen response mechanisms, according to the Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr. Olu Olabimtan adding that the current administration believes in the feedback mechanism, which enables government to identify which areas require urgent attention.
The Chairman of the Ijebu-Ode Local Government, Hon. Emilola Gazal, praised the state government for implementing many of its ISEYA principles in his speech and urged Governor Abiodun to carry out more road construction, particularly the Ondo and Ijebu-Ife to Ikangba roads.
The Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Council, Chief Oluneye Okuboyejo, also urged the government to fix the Ota, Ilobi to Eruwon, Ikangba to Lagos garage, and Ilese roads as soon as possible and to invest more in agriculture to increase food security.
The Orimolusi of Ijebu-Igbo, Oba Jayeoba Adebajo, spoke on behalf of the Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, stating that more rural roads in Ijebuland must be opened in order to facilitate farmers’ movement of farm products. He lamented that most of the produce is lost due to poor roads.