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Another Four Years Under Amosun

Posted: Jun 5, 2015 at 1:13 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Laide Raheem    –  Abeokuta


After celebrating the mandate the people of Ogun State gave to him to govern the state for a second term, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, like other elected governors in the country, was formally sworn in on May 29.

The M.K.O Abiola International Stadium in Abeokuta was agog for the swearing-in ceremony which saw Governor Amosun, and his deputy, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga, taking the oaths of office and allegiance respectively.

Ibikunle Amosun

Ibikunle Amosun

Though not an elaborate one, as the governor had instructed while inaugurating the committee saddled with putting together a befitting swearing-in ceremony a week earlier, the event was still a landmark.

Expectedly, the governor promised a better second term for the people. He said: “We are the ones that can develop and rebuild Ogun State; nobody else can do it for us. But I cannot do it alone without your support.

“We will continue to work as a team to deliver projects that have direct bearing on the lives of the people. I hope by the time I will be leaving in 2019, I will handover to another governorship candidate of the APC.”

But beyond the inauguration and its attendant rhetoric a la inauguration speech, by the governor, Governor Amosun should brace up for the challenges ahead. As things stand now, the governor needs to up his ante and fulfill his campaign promises to the people.

Apart from the fact that several uncompleted road projects dot the state’s landscape, the much-talked about model schools must become operational.

Though the governor in his inaugural speech promised to create more jobs via the establishment of environmental marshals, this must be done in earnest to further alleviate the poverty level in the state. This promise, as laudable as it sounds, may be a herculean task for Amosun. At present, the state is struggling to pay salaries of civil servants hence the Amosun government must do everything to fulfill its campaign promises to the people.

The governor also said his government would create additional 32 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) with a view to bringing government closer to the people.

According to him, this step would not only spread development to other areas but would also create more jobs for the unemployed in the state. Again, this is a lofty idea but the issue of funding must be seriously considered. If the 20 existing local governments in the state are in comatose, so to say, it is, therefore, difficult to understand how the governor intends to fund and sustain 32 more LCDAs.

Amosun, perhaps, sensing the challenges ahead of his administration in the next four years, hinted during a chat with journalists that the state’s internally generated revenue (IGR) would be increased to N10billion monthly. If this IGR could be achieved, perhaps, the current administration would be able to achieve many of its goals.

The governor also promised that his government would make good its promise to construct intra/inter-city light rail network. This, according to him, would further open up the state to would-be investors. It is also going to address transportation problems in densely populated areas in the state like Ibafo, Mowe, Sagamu and Ifo.

Though a $3.2billion contract had since been signed with the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), the governor urged the company to start the job in earnest so that it would have reached an appreciable stage to commemorate the state’s 40th anniversary. The contract, which is expected to be financed by the contractor (CCECC), when eventually completed, would, no doubt, put Ogun State at the forefront of development in Nigeria.

Apart from the above, other sectors like agriculture, housing, health, women affairs, social security, commerce and industry, and rural development must be given attention during Amosun’s second term.

A section of the people in the state strongly believe that Amosun would do more in his second term, having started well especially in the area of roads and infrastructure between 2011 and 2015, while others believe that the second term of any governor is always replete with one form of crises or the other.

They based their argument on the premise that immediately a governor is sworn in for the second term, he is faced with his successor’s brouhaha which, in most cases, always has negative effect on such governor’s tenure.

They also believe that many governors in their second terms don’t often perform as expected because of their belief that they would no longer be seeking the electorate’s votes.

Whether Amosun will be an exception and deliver the dividends of democracy to the people as he promised at his inauguration on May 29, or he will walk the path of “passive” second-term governors, time will tell.