Nigeria: Ibikunle Amosun bows out of government with enduring legacy in Ogun state
London, May 29, 2019 (AltAfrica)– London, May 29, 2019 (Alt Africa)-A journey of one thousand kilometers they say begins with the first step. In a similar manner, whatever has a beginning must surely has an end. The journey to rebuild Ogun, the gateway state which Ibikunle Amosun began eight years ago ends today as he passes the baton of governance to his successor, Dapo Abiodun
But if legacy is that thing that outlives every human being, then Ibikunle Amosun and his entire team would undoubtedly be remembered and celebrated for leaving behind enduring projects that not only stand the test of time but are driven towards the enhancement of well-being of the people of Ogun state
The underlying philosophy of the ‘Mission to Rebuild’ is anchored on what Governor Amosun described as the “Ogun Standard,” which states that governance shall be carried out with the highest standard of practice; and a trademark of quality and excellence.
Today, Amosun lived to that declaration He affirms that the Ogun Standard represents world class facilities, close attention to details, and iconic projects and enduring projects. It is not just about quick fixes, but enduring legacies that anticipate the needs of present and future citizens of Ogun State.
Ditto for the architect of modern Ogun State, governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
. Prior to his ascension to leadership position in the state in 2011, Ogun was just like any state with the cognomen – ‘civil service state’. And the state capital, Abeokuta and other major towns, were like glorified districts of yore.
Though his predecessors tried their best to ensure the state live up to its sobriquet – The Gateway State – by espousing infrastructural facelift, but the infrastructural development revolution approach of Amosun, remains the numero uno.
Determined to follow to the letter, his 5-Point agenda of Mission to Rebuild, Governor Amosun, immediately after he took oath of office, swung to action and commenced implementation of the state master plan. As the state capital remains the unique selling point of any state, the governor began expansion of roads and construction of flyovers in Abeokuta, to give the city a befitting outlook.
It was with fanfare and applause that the Ibara-Ita-Eko-Sokori Road and flyover was inaugurated in 2012.
With this first achievement in infrastructural development, other roads in the metropolis were rebuilt to the admiration of all and sundry.
Pained by the deplorable condition of Ijoko-Oke-Aro-Akute-Alagbole road, the governor, despite the huge resources the road construction required, mobilised contractor to site. At at now, more than six flyovers have been erected on the road and even ready for use. Save for the economic recession which crept into the country shortly after the 2015 election, the road would have been completed and inaugurated for use.
In Ijebu Ode, the construction of a flyover on Lagos-Benin Expressway has eliminated auto crashes at the junction, while the flyover at Lagos Garage in the town, has not only eased the traffic congestion in the axis, but added to the aesthetics of the ancient town. What about the reconstruction of roads in the town? Potholes riddled roads are fast vanishing in the town. Even in Ijebu Igbo, Amosun’s infrastructural development is evident. Sagamu and other towns in Ogun East are not left out of the governor’s mission to rebuild.
In Ogun West, the dualisation of Toll-gate-Ilo-Awela road, had changed the face of Ota and its environs.
Another legacy of Amosun is the construction of Model Schools, which everyone agreed represent standard of secondary education. The construction of the schools across the state, has no doubt, reinforced the number one spot of the state in the area of education.
In agriculture, Amosun’s administration has successfully written the state’s name among the comity of states that produce rice, with planting, processing, packaging and launching of the popular MITROS Rice.
In the area of health, primary health centres, general hospitals and the Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital (OOUTH) Sagamu, received adequate attention under Amosun’s watch, while Totoro Health Centre, where the governor was born, had been rebuilt and well equipped to provide qualitative healthcare for the people.
In the area of housing, the incumbent administration is not found wanting. Orange Valley estate, for the well-to-do in the society, is there for everyone to see.
Other low cost housing schemes, courtesy Ministry of Housing, sprang up in the state. Makun New City and other highbrow housing projects, under the purview of the Ogun State Property Investment Corporation (OPIC) are ongoing.
For the civil and public servants in the state, AAK Degun Workers Estate, was conceived and birthed by Ibikunle Amosun’s administration. President Muhammadu Buhari Estate, along Kobape road and the adjacent Judiciary Complex, are beauty to behold.
Also, the Abeokuta City Centre, which has Shoprite, an amphitheatre and other world class recreation centres, is almost completed.
In the same vein, a 250-bed hospital complex and the Block D of the secretariat at Oke Mosan, are being done at fast pace to meet completion date. Not satisfied with the construction of a skywalk pedestrian bridge at Panseke area of Abeokuta, Amosun, mobilised contractor to begin work on Panseke-Onikoko-Adigbe road, with a marching order to complete the work before May 29.
The governor’s score card in the area of security, industrial and economic development, good governance and increase in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is not in contention. Residents of the state always thank the governor for ridding the state of insecurity, cultism and ritual killings, that characterised Ogun, before he mounted the saddle almost eight years ago.
With the unprecedented feats recorded by Amosun as Ogun governor, the chroniclers of history, will no doubt, etch SIA’s name in gold. His legacies will endure and stand test of time.