The Ogun State State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has been nominated as the Best Governor of the Year 2021 by the Vanguard Newspaper in appreciation of his efforts in rebranding the state.
Speaking after presenting the letter of nomination to the governor in his office at Oke-Mosan Abeokuta, the Deputy Editor of the Newspaper, Mr. Adekunle Adekoya, said the award is in recognition of what the administration has achieved using the Infrastructure, Social wellbeing, Education, Youth Development and Empowerment and Agriculture (ISEYA) in the last three years.
According to Adekoya, “this award did not come as a surprise. It is something we do in the Vanguard. It takes us four months of intense deliberation by looking at all indices before we give the award to anybody.
“Governor Abiodun through ISEYA has transformed the State through the provision of good road network. Worthy of mention is the ongoing construction of the Atan-Lusada-Agbara road which would not only serve the companies operating there and the people. The Ijebu-Ode-Epe road would serve all Nigerians as it would save them the trouble of using the ever busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway”.
He commended the governor for dousing the political temperature of the State following the runoff to the 2019 elections, adding that peace is needed for any meaningful development in any society.
Responding, Governor Abiodun thanked the media house for the recognition, noting that the administration since inception was committed to the development of the state through the provision of necessary infrastructural amenities to attract more investment and also make life better for the people of the State.
He explained that in the last 31 months, government had performed creditably in every sphere of the state’s economy through the implementation of policies that make the state to be a hub of investors.
According to the governor, “as part of efforts aimed at improving the transportation sector, Ogun and Lagos state governments have opened discussions on how to extend the ongoing construction of blue and red line of the light rail to connect some parts of the state especially from Alagbado to Kajola and Okokomaiko to Agbara Industrial Estate in order to fast track the movement of people and goods across the state.
The governor appreciated the media house for digging into the activities of his administration since inception, saying that the award would serve as a begining of a new relationship and spur his team to do more, calling on the newspaper to help in spreading the activities of his government to the people.
Describing Vanguard Newspaper as one of the most reliable in the country for being factual and authoritative, governor Abiodun assured that his administration would continue to collaborate with the newspaper in its determination “to building the future of the state together”.