Osinbajo to Ogun kinsmen: Dapo Abiodun will complete cargo airport

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) yesterday stormed the palace of the Akarigbo of Remo land in Sagamu, Ogun State, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, and rekindled the hope of the residents that the abandoned cargo airport sited between Iperu and Ilisan in Ogun East Senatorial District will be revisited.

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The cargo airport was among the economic projects initiated during the administration of Governor Gbenga Daniel but abandoned by the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration in 2011.

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Osinbajo said though the Federal Government had played its part by bringing development to Remo land with an enabling environment, but the responsibility to build the cargo airport rests squarely on the state government.

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The vice-president spoke in Sagamu at a town hall meeting organised for him by the sons and daughters of Remo land.

It was attended by the state’s All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun; his running mate, Mrs Noimot Salako-Ayodele; the party’s national leader and former Governor Olusegun Osoba; the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Political Matters to President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Babafemi Ojodu; Senators Adegbenga Kaka and Gbenga Obadara and Prince Segun Adesegun.

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Others are: Dr Yemi Ogunbiyi, Sir Kesington Adebutu, other monarchs from the three local government areas in Remo, representatives of Arewa and Igbo communities, among others.

The Vice-President, who hails from Ikenne, expressed the confidence that Abiodun would do the airport, if elected governor on March 2.

He urged the people to vote for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, vote for Abiodun en masse and key into the Federal Government’s programmes.

Osinbajo said: “When Dapo Abiodun comes in as the next governor of Ogun State, he will be able to complete the construction of the abandoned cargo airport located between Iperu and Ilishan road in Ikenne Local Government Area.

“We have Federal Government’s presence here in Remo land and we can still do more. We are already constructing the Ikorodu-Sagamu road. It is an important road, and the contract for it was awarded six months ago. When it is completed, it will ease traffic from Ikorodu to Sagamu and from Sagamu to Ikorodu.

“Also  here with us in this meeting, I have brought the Managing Director (MD) of Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA), who is also an illustrious son of Remo land. We have begun the rehabilitation of Ilishan-Iperu water scheme through OORBDA. The design of the water scheme has begun and it will be completed soon. We have a number of projects we have embarked upon in Remo land.

“In our midst today, we have the Managing Director of Niger Delta Power Development Company (NDPDC), Mr Chinedu Ugboh, and we have a substation in Remo land. But it is not enough to take care of Iperu, Ilishan and other communities. So, we are doing the transmission to improve electricity supply in Remo land.

“Also, I have good news for you that you will have a passport office in Remo land. There will not be any need to go to Lagos or Abeokuta or Abuja to get international passports.

“We are already paying attention to ecological funds and one of the projects is ongoing in Ikenne.”

According to him, the Federal Government doesn’t come and do it but it is the communities that bring them to the fore while the Federal Government puts in the money for execution, where there is a need for intervention.

“We don’t want people to be jealous of us, but we will do it carefully. With all these projects in place, once we have stable power supply and good roads, investment will come in naturally,” Osinbajo said.

The Vice-President hinted that the Federal Government was planning to strengthen its “N-Power” to ensure that the empowerment scheme increases from its present 500,000 beneficiaries to one million.

He said the Federal Government had stemmed the tide of unemployment with the provision of “TraderMoni” and “MarketMoni” through the “N-Power” scheme.

According to him, all traders in Remo land, in Ogun East Senatorial District, have been enumerated and captured electronically through the “MarketMoni” operated through cooperative societies at N100,000 and “TraderMoni” where beneficiaries are entitled to N10,000.

 

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