The Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, has cautioned the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun against the concentration projects in Abeokuta, the state capital.
Adetona spoke Monday in Abeokuta shortly before the inauguration of Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi as the Chairman of the State Traditional Council.
The monarch, who is the immediate past Chairman of the council, applauded Abiodun for embarking on what he called ”various developmental projects across the state.”
He, however, expressed worry that the governor was paying too much attention to Ogun Central, especially Abeokuta.
As his speech was read by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Kolawole Fagbohun, Oba Adetona stated that Abeokuta had attracted more of Abiodun’s infrastructural projects to the detriment of other parts of the state.
The Oba advised the governor to ensure that projects are equitably distributed across the state.
“At this juncture, I wish to appreciate your Excellency for the various developmental projects across the state. This undoubtedly is in fulfillment of your promises to the good people of our state and a signal of your resolute commitment towards the development of our dear state.
“However, it has been observed that the state capital appears to garner most of the attention of the government in terms of infrastructural development.
“Perhaps, this is owing to being the seat of governance. Hence, I wish to appeal for equitable distribution of infrastructure across the state, especially at the grassroots,” Awujale advised.
The traditional rules also warned the governor against borrowing to pay salaries and wages, admonishing that loans should be channelled towards capital projects that could enhance the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State.
Similarly, I must commend your Excellency for the tenacity at which various financial obligations of the state government projects are met. Considering the dwindling revenue allocation, coupled with the current reality of the national economy. There is no gainsaying there is a need for a loan at a time like this. However, permit me to advise that such loan should not be expended on current expenditure such as payment of salaries. It should be invested in infrastructure that will further boost the economic activities in the state, thereby resulting in internally generated revenue,” the monarch urged.
Speaking, the governor commended traditional rulers for their support to his administration, which he said had enriched the state’s programmes and policies.
However, Abiodun also warned royal fathers to stop making “utterances and accusations” capable of disrupting the peace of the state ahead of the 2023 elections.
He frowned at what he called “culture of violence”, saying “we won’t allow anybody to undermine peace and security of the State.”
In his acceptance speech, Oba Ajayi promised the continued support of the traditional council to the government towards ensuring peace, security and development of the State.