Activities marking the 45th anniversary of the creation of Ogun State will begin on Wednesday, February 3, 2021.
On February 3, 1976, the then Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed, who was later assasinated, announced in a nationwide broadcast, the creation of seven new states, among them, Ogun to increase the number of states in the country from 12 to 19.
Ogun State, among Oyo and Ondo states created from the old Western State, is a fusion of the old Abeokuta/Egbado and Ijebu/Remo divisions of the defunct Egba and Ijebu provinces.
A statement in Abeokuta on Sunday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Abdulwaheed Odusile said the year-long celebration will be low key as a result of the precarious public health situation in the country following the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Odusile said on Wednesday, February 3, there will be a state broadcast by His Excellency, the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, MFR.
He added that this will be followed by a virtual colloquium with the theme: “Ogun State: The Legacy of a Great Future”, the statement said.
The lead paper at the event will be presented by a renowned scholar of Public Administration and retired Federal Permanent Secretary, Professor Tunji Olaopa.
“Other programmes including various school competitions and the commissioning of landmark projects of the Governor Abiodun-led administration will take place at different times in the course of the year especially as we move towards the second anniversary of this people-centred administration”, Odusile said.