Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun was sworn in for a second term in office at a ceremony in Abeokuta, the state capital, in southwestern Nigeria.
The swearing-in ceremony took place amid heavy downpours and tight security.
Abiodun and his deputy, Noimot Salako – Oyedele, took the oath of allegiance and the oath of office administered by the chief state judge, Ms. Mosunmola Dipeolu.
Delivering his inaugural address, the governor said that his administration will continue to work tirelessly for the development and progress of the state.
He explained that his second term would build on the successes recorded in the last four years, noting that he would stay focused and not be distracted, vowing to continue bringing more democracy dividends to the people of Ogun State.
Governor Abiodun added that he would complete all ongoing infrastructure projects such as highways and agricultural cargo/commercial airport, saying his administration would achieve its stated goal in the health sector.
“We will move quickly to deliver more democracy dividends. We will provide more than 1,000 jobs for our youth and maintain the momentum we have achieved as Nigeria’s industrial capital.
“Our state has come a long way. We will develop new policies and we will not rest on our oars. We are committed to making a difference and keeping all our promises.
The governor also claimed that he had signed the corresponding order ordering the immediate release of 49 convicts currently incarcerated in different correctional facilities throughout the state.
“I have also signed a court order directing that the death sentences imposed on three death row inmates be immediately converted to prison sentences,” he said.
The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his deputy, Dr. Kadiri Hamzat, were sworn in at Tafawa Balewa Square in Onikan Lagos.
Thousands of Lagos residents attended events to celebrate the state’s fifteenth governor.
Despite the heavy downpour, the governor inspected the honor guard as he exchanged pleasantries with the crowd.
It should be remembered that in 2019, the inauguration of Sanwo-Olu was also witnessed by what was described as showers of blessings.
Speaking after being sworn in along with his deputy, who was led by the state’s chief judge, Mr. Kazeem Alogba, the Governor thanked the Lagos people for believing in his agenda to take the state to greater heights.
The Governor, who recognized that there were numerous setbacks that slowed down the development of the State during the last four years, maintained that they were all approached with intuitive ideas and the cooperation of the citizens of the State.
“Four years ago we promised a better future for ourselves and our children. We didn’t think it would be easy or effortless. In fact, we knew it would require a lot of hard work, sacrifice, and innovative thinking.
“There were also many things that we did not expect or anticipate. No one could have foreseen that right in front of us was the most disruptive and devastating global health challenge of our lifetime.”
“No one anticipated how the ENDSARS protests, which began peacefully, would turn into the most destructive wave of violence Lagos has seen in nearly 30 years. We lost tens of billions of naira in public and private property.”
“There were other disasters that our beloved State and its inhabitants had to face, in these last four years. A series of building collapses that claimed lives and a massive gas explosion in Abule-Ado, among others,” he said
He said his government has a template for development, but faced challenges that were eventually overcome.
According to “In my first term, we set the stage for transformative change. We face significant challenges, from improving our infrastructure to ensuring adequate social services, from dealing with economic downturns to navigating a global pandemic. However, we never waver. Our challenges became stepping stones; and our trials, the foundation of our resilience.
We fought against the Covid-19 and, despite being the national epicenter, we finally triumphed. Rest in peace the souls of all those who lost their lives to the virus.
Arsonists and criminals set fire to public and private buildings and property, but they did not achieve their goal of permanently demoralizing us. All of this has helped increase our confidence that we can overcome any challenge that comes our way.”
For this reason, he promised that there is much more than the challenges that the State had faced and overcome, highlighting that in the coming years there will be development in the areas of infrastructure, from transportation, agriculture, energy, technology, among others.
Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, in his welcome address, thanked the good people of the State, particularly the state officials, for supporting the leaps and bounds of Mr. Sanwo’s administration -Olu.
He highlighted that the voters in the last election made a strong declaration of continuity with their votes that allowed both the Governor and his Deputy to take the mantle of leadership for another four years, and this, according to him, is a clear testimony of the numerous unprecedented achievements by the administration headed by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu through the TOPICS agenda.
However, he assured that the 149,000 civil servants will receive the necessary support for the effective and efficient implementation of the Sanwo-Olu administration in the coming years.
Different groups, including former commissioners, permanent secretaries corps, members of the diplomatic corps, traditional and religious leaders, students, security agencies, among others, braved the rain early this morning to attend the colorful event in Tafawa Balewa square, in the lake island. .
On this day four years ago, I stood before you for the first time as Governor, asking you to join me on the journey to a Great Lakes.
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— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) May 29, 2023
In Oyo State, Governor Seyi Makinde was sworn in as state governor for a second term.
Governor Makinde in his inaugural speech ordered the creation of the Oyo State Mobilization Agency for Socioeconomic Development (OMASED).
The ceremony, which was almost interrupted by a morning rain, was held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Oke-Ado, Ibadan, the state capital.
Due to the rain, the swearing-in of the Deputy and the Governor took place in quick succession, while the Lieutenant Governor, Bayo Lawal, and his wife were ushered onto the platform to be sworn in under umbrellas.
Speaking, Makinde revealed that in his first term labeled Omituntun 1.0, his administration prioritized accelerated development by focusing on the four pillars of security, healthcare, education and economic advancement, which he said he had upgraded to 2.0.
The governor stated that in his first term, his administration had built a solid foundation for sustainable development and prioritized infrastructure development, among other achievements.
He said: “As we face another four years with this mandate you have given us, again, in all humility, we ask for your support. With your support, we know that our vision of Omituntun 2.0 will become a reality.
“We have shared our plans with you in our Oyo State Roadmap for Sustainable Development 2023-2027. And we look forward to four years of sustainable development refocused on four pillars: the economy, education, healthcare and security.” Makinde pointed out.
He announced that his second term was the time to move from Omituntun 1.0 to the Omituntun 2.0 lifestyle for sustainable development and the time to appreciate the link between the rule of law and sustainable development.
Makinde stated: “We must appreciate the link between the rule of law and sustainable development. As we all know, where there is no law, there is chaos, and where there is chaos, business and development suffer. We must never allow our communities to descend to the level of chaos that will drive away investors.”
Therefore, the Governor ordered the creation of the Oyo State Mobilization Agency for Socio-economic Development (OMASED) for the establishment of the link between the rule of law and sustainable development.
He noticed: “This agency will be mandated to establish a public awareness and guidance framework in which all government agencies and departments must participate. This framework will ensure continued awareness and clarification using traditional, electronic and social media.
“Furthermore, I direct that this framework incorporate a timetable for the enforcement of all existing traffic, waste management, and street trade laws.” he stated.
Governor Makinde assured the citizens of Oyo State that Omituntun 2.0 would be better than 1.0, as his administration would work harder to ensure that the prosperity that the people had begun to enjoy under Omituntun 1.0 would continue for four more years.