Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and former governors Gbenga Daniel (Ogun), Donald Duke (Cross River) were among the dignitaries that joined Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun at a Thanksgiving on Sunday to wrap up activities marking his inauguration.
*Gov Abiodun flanked by his wife (R), the Deputy Governor; Chief Obasanjo and priests*
*Otunba Gbenga Daniel (2nd left) and other notables at the Thanksgiving Service*
Other notable personalities at the program held at the Cathedral of St. Peters’ Church, Ake, Abeokuta, were the wife of the Governor, Mrs Bamidele Abiodun; the Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Her Excellency, Engr (Mrs.) Noimot Salako-Oyedele; former Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Prince Segun Adesegun; the Alake of Egbaland, HRM Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, the Olu of Yewaland.
The Governor read the first Bible passage which was taken from the book of 1st Kings 3:3-15.
The passage goes thus:
3 Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.
4 The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”
6 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David, because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.
7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number. 9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. 11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, 12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. 14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.” 15 Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream.
He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord’s covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then he gave a feast for all his court.
*New International Version*
The Diocesan Bishop of Egba, Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Adekunle in his message, admonished Governor Abiodun to run an effective government that will cater for the needs of our people, radically transform the education sector, show empathy to Retirees, and walk his talk by being fair, just, equitable and inclusive.
In his short address to the congregation, the Governor reaffirmed his administration’s resolve to complete all pending projects left behind by the previous government.
He said this decision was borne out of the fact that tax payers’ money had been deployed towards those projects and they must be duly completed for the overall benefit of everyone.
He also assured the gathering that his administration will give rural, township and industrial roads a priority attention with the revival of the defunct Public Works Department – PWD to be known as OGROMA.
He restated that his government shall pursue an educational turn-around of the state and made known plan to conduct an Education Summit as well as develop a robust education master plan that will address the decadence in the sector and return the state to its enviable position.
He informed the audience of his administration’s resolve to provide the needed environment for a mutually beneficial Public Private Partnership (PPP) investment drive in the state .