President Muhammadu Buhari has been scheduled to join eminent sons and daughters of Ogun state, including those that had administered the state at one time or the other to commission at least forty out of the numerous completed projects that adorned the state as part of activities marking 40 years of the creation of the state.
Addressing a world press conference last weekend at the Press Centre, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, disclosed that the event, tagged Operation 40 at 40′, is not meant for celebration, but to harvest some completed projects across the three senatorial districts of the state.
Adeoluwa also said that at least, 96 modern houses which were being built for villagers at Itoku-Elewe along Sagamu-Abeokuta Expressway, whose house had been pulled down to give way for the ultra-modern housing estate christened, ‘Three Hills Estate’ will also be commission.
He said the village, which had 46 mud houses, was relocated by the government and villagers were compensated with 3-bedroom flats.
Taking journalists on tour of the project near completion, however, the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Adedayo Adeneye, noted that though the state government counted only 46 rickety mud buildings in the community, Governor Amosun decided to compensate the villagers with modern houses with modern facilities.
There are facilities including water closets, pipe borne water, electricity, tarred road network, parking lot among others.
Each building contains twin 3-bedroom flats with tiled floors and provision was made for dinning.
Speaking on the programme slated for the celebrations, Adeoluwa said, “Our desire to celebrate the creation of the state is not for birthday. We want to speak less on the birthday, 40 is a milestone, but for us in Ogun state, the issue goes beyond 40 years.
“We have a huge harvest of completed projects which have been completed for over a year, but we don’t like show off, but to do our thing the way we should be.
“But some elders called our attention to the state creation date which is February 3rd and said we should make it a huge celebration. We have over 100 projects across the state and about 60 have been fully completed. We have selected 40 legacy projects to be commissioned by the President to commemorate the anniversary.
“Buhari has most kindly agreed to visit and commission some of the projects. He will be in the state between Monday, 1st & Tuesday 2nd February, 2016, to commission some of the projects. Though we are working to see if he can commission all, they are scattered all over the state. All other projects will be commissioned by our past governors and administrators,” Adeoluwa said.
According to him, Ogun Central leads the pack with between 14-16 projects followed by Ogun East with 12-14 projects and Ogun West with 12 projects.
Projects to be commissioned in Ogun Central includes Alagbaagba Cocoa Plantation, Odeda; Owowo Farm Settlement; Tomato Plantation, Kotopo; Model School, Kobape, Onijaganjagan and Ewekoro.
Others are: A.A.K. Degun Workers Estate, Laderin,Abeokuta; Three Hills Estate, Kobape; Itoku Flyover, Salon Flyover, Iyana Mortuary Flyover, Ojere-Adatan road, OGTV-Ajebo road, Omida road and Isale Igbein road.
In Ogun East, projects to be commissioned include Model School, Sagamu; New Makun City, formerly Estate of Paradise City. The project was on a 50 hectares and was abandoned by the last administration, but was expanded to 750 hectares.
Other projects are: Oba Akarigbo Bridge, Sabo Flyover, both in Sagamu. Model school, Ikenne, now HID Awolowo Model School; Model school, Ago Iwoye; Mobalufon Bridge, Ijebu Ode; Lagos garage flyover, Ijebu Ode; Emuren Chicks Farms, which produces about 2,000 chicks daily; and Ijebu Ode township road.
In Ogun West, the longest road constructed by the Senator Ibikunle Amosun administration would be commissioned. The road cuts across four LGAs out of five in the district and it is 110km long. It begins from Ilara and runs through Ijoun, Tombolo, and Oja Odan.
Other projects are: Ilo-Awela road, Model School, Ado Odo; Sango-Ijoko road; OPIC New Dawn Estate, Agbara; Oil Plantation, Ipokia (50 hectares); Cashew Plantation and Rice Plantation, Egua.
As parts of the activities, all past governors in the state will join the Special Executive Council meeting. All ex-SSGs and all ex- HoS will also be in attendance.
A similar special session will be held at the Ogun state House of Assembly with all past Speakers in attendance.
Other activities lined up for the day include novelty football match, quiz competition among public secondary schools, celebration of indigenous icons, Ogun Got Talent and a drama presentation titled “Ojo Ola”, will be performed by Ogun Indigene Entertainment.