Projects: Stop focusing on Abeokuta – Awujale of Ijebuland tells Governor Abiodun

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The Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, on Monday urged Gov. Dapo Abiodun to ensure that developmental projects spread across the entire Ogun State.

Adetona made the appeal in Abeokuta at the inauguration of Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, as the Chairman of the State Traditional Council.

The traditional ruler, who is the immediate past chairman of the council, was represented by Mr Kolawole Fagbohun, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

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He applauded Abiodun for embarking on “various developmental projects across the state”.

Adetona, however, observed that Abeokuta, the state capital, had attracted more of the infrastructural projects at the detriment of other parts of the state.

He urged the governor to avoid the temptation of concentrating developmental projects in Abeokuta.

“At this juncture, I wish to appreciate your excellency for the various developmental projects across the state.

“This, undoubtedly, is in fulfillment of your promises to the good people of our state and a signal of your resolute commitment towards the development of our dear state.

“However, it has been observed that the state capital appears to garner most of attention of the government in terms of infrastructural development.

“Perhaps, this is owing to being the seat of governance.

“Hence, I wish to appeal for equitable distribution of infrastructure across the state, especially at the grassroots,” he monarch said.

Awujale, who also cautioned the governor against borrowing to pay salaries and wages, advised that loans should be channelled towards capital projects that would enhance the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.

In his address, Abiodun applauded traditional rulers for the support, motivation and feedbacks which, according to him, had enriched the programmes and policies of the government.

The governor, however, warned traditional rulers against “utterances and accusations” capable of disrupting the peace of the state ahead of 2023 elections.

Abiodun also frowned at what he described as “culture of violence”, saying, “we won’t allow anybody to undermine peace and security of the state.”

In his acceptance speech, Oba Ajayi pledged the continued support of the traditional council to the government towards ensuring peace, security and development of the state.(NAN)

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