Senator Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, southwest Nigeria, has reassured the people of the state that the dividends of democracy would be evenly distributed to all the three Senatorial Districts of the state.

The governor further stated that his administration would not only continue to observe democratic tenets in the running of the affairs of the state, but would also ensure transparency in all its activities at all times.

Governor Amosun stated this Tuesday during a Town Hall meeting organised by the state government on the 2014 budget, which was held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.

The meeting which was aimed at getting the inputs of all the stakeholders into the formulation of next year’s budget, also assured that his government would always act in the best interest of the people, adding that, “we cannot afford to breach the trust the people have in us.”

While addressing the crowd at the event, the governor disclosed that the essence of the Town Hall Meeting was to enable all stakeholders jointly define the priorities and collectively articulate the agenda for the 2014 financial year.

“I want to assure you that all your contributions and suggestions shall be taken into consideration in the preparation of the budget. It is the dream of this administration to restore this state to its natural and enviable position as primus inter pares among states in Nigeria. All our actions and efforts in the past 29 months have been channelled towards the realisation of this great vision.

“Without being immodest, I want to state that we have been able to demonstrate that our Mission to Rebuild is not just another government propaganda, but an elaborate master plan to bring about socio-economic progress in our state. We are passionate about our programmes and we shall remain undaunted in their implementation,” Amosun promised.

Speaking further on his plans for the state in the coming years, the governor, who spoke all the major languages in the state, revealed that “even in the face of serious challenges, occasioned by dwindling resources from the Federation Account, we remain resolutely committed to the successful implementation of our five-point agenda.

We have no iota of doubt that we are on course; we shall surely deliver on our promises.”

According to him, “we are poised to further consolidate on these in the 2014 Financial Year. We shall remain focused on our targets and unwavering in our mission to make a positive impact in the lives of our people. Let me assure you that this administration will not leave any of the on-going projects uncompleted,” Amosun said.

A cross-section of those who spoke at the meeting applauded the government for the giant strides been taken so far, and like Oliver Twist, demanded from the government for more attention in some areas like job creation, health, etc.

Also, the leadership of the Students’ Union Government in the tertiary institutions in the state appealed for the reduction of the school fees in higher institutions, promising their  support for the present administration.

In attendance at the meeting were all the governor’s cabinet members led by the Deputy Governor, Prince Segun Adesegun; Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa; Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Suraju Ishola Adekunmbi; Head of Service, Mrs Modupe Adekunle, all the 20 local government council chairmen in the state, party stalwarts and party members from all the 236 wards in the state.

Also in attendance include professionals, market men and women, artisans, traditional and political leaders, students, youth organisations, ethnic groups, NURTW, RTEAN, AMORAN, ACOMMORAN, among others.

—Abiodun Onafuye/Abeokuta