By Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta
Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has restated the determination of his administration to stem the tide of rural-urban migration through provision of infrastructural facilities in the rural areas of the state.
The governor disclosed this yesterday during the commissioning of Idogo Community Town Hall in Yewa South Local Government Area of the state. According to Amosun, “It is our sincere belief that as we provide the necessary infrastructural facilities for our rural areas, we will not only reduce rural-urban migration but encourage our youths to stay
back in the villages. This will help in replacing the ageing farming population and consequently increase food production.”
He said it was this realisation that led to its state-wide development plan, covering road rehabilitation and construction of new and durable ones, renovation of school buildings and construction of new ones, renovation and construction of well-equipped health centres, provision of portable water and electricity, massive investments in agriculture and opportunities for partnership with private firms to establish agro-allied companies, all of which would also curb rural-urban drift.
”In the past, Idogo used to feed Lagos and other places; we want to bring back the glorious days by opening up the roads linking the community with other parts of the state and restoring agriculture as
the mainstay of our economy,” the governor said.
Amosun commended Evang. (Dr.) Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi for completing the Idogo Community Town Hall. He said his government would do everything possible to preserve the works of Evang. Obey and other notable citizens of the state.
Earlier in his welcome address, Evang. Obey-Fabiyi said he was moved by the spirit of God to complete the project which began 30 years ago.
Speaking at the event, Elder Sangolade Kayode, Transition Committee Chairman of Yewa South Local Government, thanked Evang. Obey for the gesture and called on philanthropists, corporate bodies, individuals and religious organisations to join hands with the government to ensure rapid development of the state.
The Onidogo of Idogo, Oba Saheed Adewale Olubiyi, lauded the initiatives of the governor in distributing fee textbooks and writing materials to all pupils of public schools and providing electricity
facility to the community.
Governor Amosun had, on arrival at Idogo, shaken hands with the school pupils and exchanged pleasantries with community members who trooped out to welcome him.
The Idogo Community Town Hall was conceived by the host community under the auspices of the Idogo Progressive Union (I.P.U.) in 1976 but completed by Evang. (Dr.) Ebenezer Obey-Fabiyi, whose successful music career began in the community. Evang. Obey hails from Abeokuta.