My Social Contract with Ogun State: Tourism, Sports
The Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun reiterated his agenda days ago at Awujale’s palace hosted by members of The Ijebu Heritage Group (an elite club, of which he is a member, made up of successful Ijebu professionals). The citypeopleonline gave account of the event on culture and tourism, sports, and transparency and delivery unit. Read excerpts:
Culture and Tourism
We are going to have Creative Art and Entertainment Village
I already said we are going to have Creative Art and Entertainment Village. It will be somewhere along theLagos-Ibadan expressway. I am sure you can imagine what that is. It will be a place where our creative talents, our youth, and we have a lot of them in this state, can come and also encourage other youth like themselves who do not wish to pursue education further, who maybe want to become DJs, musicians, and actress and so on.
This village will have accommodation where you can leave Lagos and come over the weekend to watch movies, plays and things like that.
In the area of Sports, what Otunba Daniel said, I think kabiyesi, has also been whispering to me I had actually being there myself. The stadium in Ijebu Ode that was named after Otunba Mike Adenuga.
Today that stadium does not have any roofing sheet. This is a stadium that was built world class, that somebody was committed to running it and he was indeed running it and because of that it was indeed named after him.
But the administrator before me decided that he was going to rebrand the stadium and remove the person’s name. And he further denied that person from taking over that responsibility. So that stadium today is a shadow of itself.
Ogun state amongst other things under my watch will be a state that will be defined by Sports. We are going to promote Sports here. I’ve said that we are going to take the Ministry of Sports away from the Ministry of Education.
I’m going to create what we call Ogun State Sport, Management Agency to replace the Sport Commission and I’ve already gotten an Ogun State indigene, who owns a football club in Europe. He has accepted to be the Chairman of that Commission.
Transparency and Service Delivery
One thing you are sure of is that I am commited to Transparency. Those of you that know me know that I’ve not become governor because I want to enrich myself. So I think there is this Trust that if you invest in Ogun state, it would be worthwhile investment.
We are going to have what we call a Government delivery unit. It was first introduced by Tony Blair. The government enabling unit is that unit of government whose responsibility is ensuring that they monitor and evaluate the performance of the functions and the aims and objectives of the government.
We are going to have that Delivery unit that will be run by government and one of the top consulting firms. Because it’s not enough for us to say were going to do ABCDE and deploying government funds to it, it is important for us to insure that we are indeed achieving that objective.
My Definition of Fairness
My wife will tell you there are days I come home so grouchy, not smiling, near depressed because all I hear from morning till night are very big challenges and tales of woe.
I am going to be just and fair, I will ensure that no part of this state is developed at the expense of another part. But I want to explain that very carefully. You know there is something in engineering the call the Zero level, I am sure some people can relate to that, beyond Zero is minus.
When you talk about fairness it means that everybody is at Zero but if some other parts are at minus before we will have to bring them back to Zero ‘abi be ko’. I will not say more than that ‘abi se oro mi se o ye wa’. We know the state of our township roads in Ijebu Ode, Sagamu etc.