Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has stated that the participation of the electorate in decision making process was a major ingredient of democracy, even as he regretted the magnitude of problems inherited from the last administration.
He noted that the symbiotic relationship between the government and citizens had greatly impacted on the overall development of Ogun State.
The governor spoke yesterday in Abeokuta during the 2013 Budget Town Hall Meeting at June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
He said: “Our utmost and sincere belief is that governance should be a participatory process. The people should have a say on issues that concern them.”
Amosun explained that the policy thrust for 2013 was to consolidate on the foundation laid in 2012 by aggressively promoting sustainable growth in the area of basic amenities, creating an economic environment suitable for private sector participation, providing adequate security and re-positioning the economy of the state to make it competitive.
“The era of budget having no bearing on the lives of the citizenry is gone, hence the decision to constantly engage the public on how best to serve them,” he declared.
The state helmsman assured residents that all government procurements would henceforth be made within the state “in order to further empower our people, especially the market women.”
Reacting to questions, the governor warned school heads against illegal fees, reiterating the commitment of his administration to free and qualitative education.