Ogun@45: COVID-19 responsible for low-key celebration, says Abiodun


Daud Olatunji,Abeokuta

The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun has said the government decided to have a low-key celebration for the state 45th celebration of its creation to ensure adherence to COVID-19 protocols

Ogun State was created on  February 3,1976 alongside Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Imo, Niger, Imo, Niger, Ondo, Oyo, Plateau and Sokoto states, as well as the FCT by the General Yakubu Gowon.

Abiodun, while speaking  on Wednesday, at a colloquium to mark the  45th anniversary on Zoom, said the pandemic denied the state of elaborate celebrations.

 He said,  “45 years is no mean achievement in the historical development of any state. We should have rolled out the drums in celebration, but we will not do that. This is not because of want of what to celebrate, but because of the need to adhere strictly to the prevention protocols against the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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Abiodun, however called on those exploiting the diversity of Nigeria to turn it into strength for the good of all citizens.

The governor advised that though Nigeria was made of diverse ethnic nationalities, it is imperative to harness all the potentials and strength of each of the groups for the good of all.

He said: “Let us also use the occasion of the 45th anniversary of our dear state to appeal to the rest of Nigerians. We must eschew all forms of violence and learn to live together. We must also appreciate that there can be no development in an atmosphere of insecurity.

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“We must learn to manage our diversity and turn it into our strength. We must not encourage those stoking the embers of violence for disintegration of our great nation.”

The governor observed that with humble beginning in 1976, the state had grown to become one of the most viable states in Nigeria, having the fastest growing investment and commercial destination in Nigeria and West Africa, attracting one of the highest Foreign Direct Investment and local investment.

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Abiodun noted that from one university in 1982, the state was now the education capital of Nigeria with about 26 tertiary institutions, blazing the trail in agriculture as one of the biggest producer of cassava and poultry in Nigeria, biggest producer rice in the South-West and one of the biggest producers of other food and cash crops in the country.

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