Amosun, Alake, Adekunbi, others to grace opening of Providence Centre
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Suraj Adekunbi, and a host of other dignitaries, are expected to grace the formal commissioning ceremony of Providence Centre, Abeokuta, on Friday, September 29, 2017.
Other eminent personalities expected at the grand occasion include Senators and members of House of Representatives, members of the Ogun State Executive Council, traditional rulers and several corporate high fliers from Abuja, Lagos and Ibadan.
Nigerian singer, songwriter and rapper, Olamide Adedeji (Badoo) and his hip hop counterpart, Alexander Ajifolajifaola (9ice) will entertain the choice guests.
Providence Centre, owned by Providence Nominees and Real Estates Limited, is a beautiful, ultra-modern Grade A shopping mall and office development situated in a large serene environment in Abeokuta. It is complemented by a boutique hotel appropriately located to boost the hospitality and tourism activities within the city.
This landmark development built over 10 years provides both functional shopping malls/office spaces and world class facility, designed for professional offices and retail businesses with a desire for a contemporary work environment within the business district of Abeokuta.
Located along the lively MKO Abiola Way, by NNPC Mega Station, Abeokuta, Providence Centre possesses complimentary features to provide the expected unequalled and unrivalled satisfaction to its end users. The beautifully crafted, internationally styled architectural expression embodied by the building is visible from the main entrance of the Providence Centre.
It took 10 years for the dream behind this edifice to be realised. The idea was conceptualised in 2007 while proper construction kicked off in 2008.
Some of the important features of the shopping mall include good business location, access to good road network, ample parking, good landscape areas, dedicated transformer, standby generator for uninterrupted power supply, CCTV, efficient floor layout, water treatment plant, well secured conveniences, smoke detector and access control.
Indeed, Providence Centre has set a new high in city hospitality life. At the Providence Centre, it is business unusual, because a single location provides a Mall, Events Centre, Hotel and Suites.
The Providence Hotel and Suites not only provide guests with what to expect from accommodation for professional and holiday makers, it promises a look into the future of the corporate world, creating an environment in which ideas can be both conceptualized and realised.
The incomparable all inclusive banqueting packages along with the convenience of all-day dinning make the Providence Centre the destination where all the needs of guests are taken care of any time.
The Peacock Hall which seats 1,000 guests comfortably is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, 16 conveniences, servery, stage, flexible chairs and seating options. The expansive cosy lobby creates welcoming environment for leisure and business guests.
The unique feature of The Eagle Hall include exquisite musical equipments, stage, moon rakers, media centre, smoke effects as well as 16 conveniences. The rich offerings of The Eagle Hall are dedicated for 1,500 guests.
The Dove Hall is strictly for seminar/conferences with flexible chairs and seating options for 150 participants.
The striking infusion of luxury offered at Providence Centre is for residents and visitors to Abeokuta/Ogun State, residents and visitors from neighbouring states and other parts of Nigeria ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun State Chief Of Staff, chief Tolu Odebiyi and commissioner for information and strategies Dayo Adeneye today at Restructuring Committee for Ogun, Oyo and Lagos States in Ibadan. ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun in Benin, the Edo State capital, presided over the All Progressives Congress (APC) organized public hearing on "True Federalism" for the South South Zone (Edo, Delta & Bayelsa States). ... See MoreSee Less
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State on Saturday joined other dignitaries and well wishers to celebrate the Chairman, Governing Council of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Mrs. Mosun Bello Olusoga when she celebrated her 60th birthday in Lagos ... See MoreSee Less
* GOVERNOR AMOSUN PERFORMS GROUND BREAKING OF OGUN STATE POLYTECHNIC IN IPOKIA*
The Ogun State Government under the leadership of Senator Ibikunle Amosun has on Friday performed the ground breaking for the construction of Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia in Ogun West Senatorial District of the state.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun who led the technical team and other members of the state's executive council to Ipokia in company of his Deputy, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga disclosed that the polytechnic would sit on a 500 hectares of land. ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has felicitated with the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo as he clocked 74 yesterday.
The governor, in a statement, described the Alake as a revered monarch, who is zealous about the welfare of his subjects, progress of Egbaland and development of the state.
He also acknowledged his peaceful 12-year reign on the throne as well as the relentless efforts at sustaining unity among traditional rulers throughout his domain and the state, noting that his fatherly advise has helped in the success of the rebuilding mission of the state government.
"His Royal Highness, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo has exhibited all the virtues of a worthy royal father, who is dedicated to the progress and well being of his subjects. He is also passionate about the growth and development of Egbaland and the state.
"For these, and particularly his wise counsel and untiring support towards our efforts to restore the lost glory of our dear state, we will always be grateful to him", Amosun added.
Wishing him a successful birthday celebration, the governor prayed that God grant him long life and prosperity as he administers Egbaland in good old age. ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, on Thursday led numerous well wishers to felicitate with the Alake of Egbaland, HRM, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo III, CFR, on his 74th birthday. ... See MoreSee Less
It was a historic moment for the people of Ipokia community in Ogun West Senatorial district on Wednesday, when they received the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, his Deputy, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ishola Adekunbi and others, who were on a meet the people tour, to officially flagoff the relocation and construction projects of the newly relocated Ogun State Polytechnic in their community. ... See MoreSee Less
Residents of Ipokia community of Ogun State trooped out in their thousands on Tuesday to receive Governor Ibikunle Amosun and members of his cabinet who were in the town for the ground breaking ceremony of the campus of the new Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia. ... See MoreSee Less
Members of Akile Ijebu Women Society, led by the President, Iyalode Fausat Akorede Alatishe, on Tuesday, paid a courtesy visit to Governor Ibikunle Amosun, at his office in Abeokuta, Ogun State. ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun Approves Appointment of New Akarigbo of Remoland
The Ogun State Executive Council has approved the appointment of Prince Babatunde Adewale Ajayi from Torungbuwa Ruling House as the new Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland.
He was appointed by the King makers to fill the vacant post on August 31, 2017 following the demise of Oba Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo on Saturday, July 23, 2016.
Ajayi, a chartered accountant and legal practitioner, is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Business Recovery and Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria, Chartered Institute of Taxation and member, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), among other professional societies.
The 54-year old monarch attended the University of Ibadan and the University of Calabar.
Government charged the new monarch to bring his wealth of experience as an accomplished professional to bear in his new role and also use the opportunity of his ascension to the exalted throne to further engender unity, cooperation and peace in his domain.
SIGNED Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa Secretary to the State Government Tuesday, 12th September, 2017 ... See MoreSee Less
Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, has extolled the loyalty of his Deputy, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, saying her selfless service has contributed immensely to the development of the state.
Speaking during the weekly state Executive Council meeting, when cabinet members honoured her on her 57th birthday yesterday, the governor added that "history will speak of her selfless service towards engendering development of the state."
The governor urged other members of the council to emulate her and continue to work towards the greatness and glory of the administration as well as the state.
Wife of the Governor, Dr. (Mrs.) Olufunso Amosun, in her tribute, noted that Onanuga had made her husband's task easier, adding that her loyalty to the administration has never been questioned for once.
While the Head of Service, Mr. Abayomi Sobande praised the deputy governor for effectiveness and performance in the rebuilding mission of the government, Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, also hailed her loyalty and humility.
Her husband, Chief Biodun Onanuga appreciated Amosun for the opportunity given his wife to serve the state, assuring of her continuous support towards the success of the administration.
Responding, the deputy governor thanked God for preserving her life and for the privilege to serve the people of the state.
She described the governor as a mentor and a leader who encourages her and believes in her capabilities, pledging not to let the administration and the state down. ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who was joined by his wife, Olufunso, presided over an extra ordinary session of the State Executive Council to felicitate with the Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga as she marked her 57th birthday at the Council chambers. ... See MoreSee Less
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun at a book and scholarship scheme launch to commemorate the first year remembrance of the late Chief Lamidi Ayinla Sofenwa on Saturday in Abeokuta. ... See MoreSee Less
Alhassan's Open Support for Atiku's Presidential Aspiration is a Disappointment, Amosun
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has described the open declaration of the Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Senator Aisha Alhassan for the political aspiration of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as a disappointment.
Speaking to news men in Abeokuta, Amosun, while saluting her courage, said, "though she is entitled to her own opinion at any point in time, but she should have just resigned her appointment because her loyalty cannot be in two places.
"Her falling short of resigning, takes everything away from what she said and it is clear that she will no longer be contributing to the development of the present administration", he added.
Speaking on whether or not the president would run for 2019 Presidential election, the governor said "the only thing that can prevent President Muhammadu Buhari from contesting is if his health cannot take it.
"if not for this present administration, only God knows where Nigeria would have been. When the government came on board, it was like jumping into the pool at the deep end", the governor stated.
He scored the Federal Government high in its fight against insurgency, insecurity, corruption as well as efforts at economic recovery through serious diversification drive. ... See MoreSee Less
How fortuitous did the decision to go for a bank draft turn out to be! I had not used the monetary instrument in over two decades as far as I could recall. Then we literally went with our mats to Sabo, Yaba branch of the First Bank. Obtaining a bank draft was a whole day affair, in the era of tallies. The harrowing experience was exacerbated by the sheer volume of the patrons of the bank. So, I was not prepared for any time-wasting this time. My plan was to apply for the draft and come back another day to pick it. But the bank official mumbled some words. “Did you say I should wait?” I asked. “Yes, you just need to wait for a few minutes!” Pleasant surprise! In less than 10 minutes or so, I was already descending the stairs of the Abeokuta branch of the First Bank, transported with joy!
My mind raced immediately to our urban renewal efforts in every part of the state, especially Abeokuta vis-a-vis the earlier criticisms of the opposition. But these people said Amosun should have repaired and maintained the existing ‘face me I face you’ roads instead of constructing modern highways! Just like expecting the First Bank to continue the use of tallies or provide comfortable seats for customers in order to cushion the trauma of having to spend the whole day to obtain a bank draft! I must confess that I was jolted to the marrow when, upon the inauguration of the current government, I had the first-hand experience of criss-crossing Abeokuta. Why should a state capital look so ancient? The roads were so narrow that they could hardly accommodate pedestrians let alone automobiles, and the houses built so close to the roads such that a man in his bedroom could actually exchange handshake with passengers on these prized opposition motorways!
Let me say in passing that the state capital is usually the first point of contact for investors and those who transact business with government. At any rate, the ongoing massive construction in other cities of the state has shut the mouths of critics. The gods are not asleep after all. Last December, I saw some of these detractors cruising along the international standard highways in Abeokuta, such as the Ibara-Totoro road, Onikolobo-Omida motorway, Abiola Way, etc. I saw them also on the first overhead bridge. I had thought they would avoid the use of the modern infrastructure in protest and instead pass through their famous ‘face me I face you’ roads that were yet to receive the bulldozers. So the saying is true: Everybody likes good things!Some of their supporters threw night parties close to the illumination provided by the lights on Amosun roads. Yes, it is good to enjoy night life; the siege is over; the climate of fear has been removed. We all know what Ogun was before May 29, 2011. If Ogun State were a commodity quoted on the Nigeria Stock Exchange, its share price would have grown geometrically from early 2012 when Amosun succeeded in fighting insecurity, which had made the state a no-go-area for investment, to a standstill. The number of industries springing up in the state in the last two years is phenomenal.
The Business Day award to Ogun as Nigeria’s fastest-growing economy is a testament to the position of the gateway state and the value of its stock in the Nigeria Stock Exchange under the leadership of Senator Ibikunle Amosun. It has not been a rosy story all along. No one would have anticipated that the practice of our so-called federalism would degenerate to the point that the Federal Government alone would corner such a gargantuan amount from the Federation Account while the pittance being shared by the 36 states would not be guaranteed. But for the financial re-engineering of the Amosun government, which is to ensure that the state depends less and less on the Federation Account, one could have imagined the crisis that would have resulted from the drastic fall in the monthly federal allocation. Although the extremely poor women, under the Gbomoro initiative, get more than the free ante-natal care initially promised (in addition, they receive free transport money and free ‘mama kits’), it is the wish of the governor that the scheme progresses faster and covers more areas and others entitled to free health.
Whereas no government in the world (developed or developing) ever fulfils all its promises or achieves all its intentions 100 per cent – however well-meaning – Amosun continues to strive to ensure that all his programmes are substantially accomplished. Wherever possible, he can surpass expectations such as he has done in security architecture of the state; free education, which has led to remarkable increase in enrolment figures (he only promised Affordable and Qualitative Education); road infrastructure, which beats the imagination of all and financial sanitation, which has raised the IGR from N750 million inherited to a record 4 billion at some point without putting additional yoke on the people but just essentially blocking the drains in the old system and encouraging people to pay their tax in accordance with the extant law – this has inevitably led to regular payment of salaries in spite of the fall in the constitutionally-guaranteed income from the Federation Account and fulfilling our obligations to contractors and banks without any default or piling up debts for future generations as the won’t of some leaders.
How can one forget the unprecedented investment in land-clearing equipment by this government in preparation for mechanised agriculture, the first of such quantum purchase since the creation of Ogun in 1976? Space will fail me to talk about the model Farm Settlement Scheme that will soon be launched. Amosun couldn’t have made any major promise on power considering the stranglehold of the Federal Government on the sector, backed somehow by the constitution. But realising the hopeless situation of small scale businesses across the state, he purchased and distributed 500 transformers in one iconic gesture. I’m yet to hear of such quantum of supply by any government in Nigeria in one fell swoop. All this accounts for the popularity of Amosun in every nook and cranny of the state.
Politics is already in the air. It’s so easy to forget that these ground-breaking achievements have been recorded in less than three years out of a mandate of four years! As can be seen, the above piece was written about three and a half years ago. Amosun is currently in the second year of his second term. It was my presence again at the First Bank to obtain a bank draft that drove me to the memory lane. And by a pleasant coincidence, the same Business Day had cast a banner headline the previous day, “Lagos, Ogun exceed other states, as 60 per cent revenue generated internally.” (04/09/ 2017; front page). The news story read, in part: “Lagos and Ogun states are fast moving away from other states in the country in financial capacity, following their ability to generate over 60 percent of their revenue internally. The two states generated 73 per cent and 63 per cent of their revenue internally in 2016. This means that in the event of a failure or shortfall in allocation from the Federation Account, the two states can internally generate at least N63 out of every N100 needed monthly. ”
Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun joined dignitaries, sons and daughters of Ijebuland as well as the good people of the state to celebrate with the Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona the 2017 Ojude Oba Festival, on Sunday. ... See MoreSee Less