… Says implementation of Resident ID Cards will begin soon
By James Ogunnaike
Prepared to address insecurity and improve community policing, the Ogun state government says the Southwest Safety Net, Amotekun, will begin in the state in January.
In addition to Amotekun, the state government will also begin to implement resident identification cards, to provide a reliable database of people living in the state.
The state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who made them known in his New Year broadcast, added that the State Health Insurance Plan, which had been provided with a seed fund of N100m, will take off in the first quarter of 2021. .
According to Abiodun, the Amotekun security team, which would complement the efforts of the existing security agencies, would be headed by a retired Police Commissioner, as its Commander ”.
“Our Amotekun Safety Network will also take off this month to complement the efforts of other law enforcement agencies, including the Nigerian Police Community Police. An experienced and reputable retired police commissioner has been appointed as commander, and recruitment is ongoing, ”he noted.
While reiterating his administration’s desire to deepen its focus on Infrastructure, Welfare and Social Welfare, Education, Youth Empowerment, and Employment Generation and Agriculture (ISEYA Agenda) in the new year, the governor said that the second phase of 150 units of the houses in Prince Court Estate, Kemta, Abeokuta and other housing projects in Kobape, Sagamu, Ilaro, Ota, Ijebu-Ode and Iperu, would be completed this year.
He pointed out that the Budget for the year 2021 called the “Recovery and Sustainability Budget” with a size of N338.6b that he has just signed, will help his government to ensure the strategic allocation of resources to different sectors of the economy.
The governor explained that his administration in 2019 had laid a solid foundation in hopes of updating its vision, but was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the country and the state has the index case.
He said that despite the setbacks and frustrations resulting from the pandemic, the state achieved some achievements in the areas of housing, health, agriculture, education and youth employment, which has led it to be conferred with several awards.
These awards, according to him, include Best Governor with Most Improved Security by Business Day newspaper, Best Governor in Education by the National Association of Parents and Teachers of Nigeria, Best Governor in Agriculture and Best Affordable Housing Award by the Nigerian housing.
Abiodun further stated that the contract had been awarded for the construction of 165.30 km of highways throughout the state, while the rehabilitation and palliative on 88.60 km of highways was underway, as well as the construction and rehabilitation of more than 954 classrooms in public schools and the introduction of Virtual Learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The governor also said that the various legacy projects were being worked on, including the NNPC-Kuto, Kuto Bridge, Ilaro-Owode and Oluwalogbon-Imowo-Ejirin roads, as well as the Osi-Ikole-Navy road in Ota, Ashafa-Oke. Fusigboye -Molipa Highway in Ijebu-Ode, Oba Erinwole Sagamu Highway and access road around Odo Afa Bridge in Idiroko, Ipokia.
He noted that his government’s efforts in agriculture were paying off, as it was number one in rice and cassava production in the Southwest, and stated that Ogun was gradually becoming the nation’s food basket, ensuring thus food safety.
Abiodun thanked the people for keeping faith in his administration and emphasized the need for individual responsibility in observing all non-pharmaceutical guidelines such as proper use of masks, social distancing, and regular hand washing to avoid another lockdown.
He also called on traditional rulers, religious, community leaders, and the media to help sensitize people to the severity of the second wave of COVID-19, adding that his administration remained focused despite the virus, as It was deliberate, systematic, methodical, inclusive, and structured in responses that helped address the multiple challenges of the past year.