OGUN, UK SIGN MOU ON URBAN RENEWAL,TRANSPORTATION
The All-inclusive disposition of the Prince Dapo Abiodun led administration to governance issues in Ogun State is gradually yielding good fruits, as the State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the British High Commission, towards reviewing the existing urban renewal and transportation strategies put in place to accommodate its expected population increase.
Speaking at the signing of the MOU held at the Governor’s office in Abeokuta, Secretary to Ogun State Government, Mr. Tokunbo Talabi, expressed optimism that the initiative would complement the various efforts of government in its desire to plan for the future, particularly the urban renewal and transportation drive, assuring that the present administration was sincere to engendering probable partnerships that would deepen development of the State.
He added that the partnership drive between the State Government and the British government was to be carried out by Future Cities Nigeria, a UKAID funded Cities programme for Nigeria, with a timeline of three years to support transport and urban developments in Ogun and Lagos States.
“We thank the British Government and the Future Cities Nigeria for this laudable initiative targeted at planning for the future in Ogun State. Such noble partnerships is expected to increase, because the Prince Dapo Abiodun led-administration is determined to change the narrative on how things are being done and this is clearly seen in the various interventions, such as the road rehabilitation, security of lives and property and the ease of doing business strategies amongst others’’.
Mr. Talabi, who led other government officials to the signing of the MOU, reassured the partners that government would not pay lip service to governance and would continue to accelerate even development and stimulate rapid investments through workable collaborations.
“Our desire is to make Ogun State, a place where you could live peacefully and work prosperously for the future. Part of our effort in this direction is beginning to bear fruits with the setting up of the Lagos -Ogun joint commission towards accelerating interstate collaboration”, he stated.
Earlier, the leader of the British Deputy High Commission, Lagos, Mr. Guy Harrison said the team was in the State to support the viable policies of the Prince Dapo Abiodun administration, in order to fully maximise all the benefits of urban renewal and transportation programmes, to develop the people and State at large.
“The British High Commission is extremely delighted with the State government on the various policies on sustainable growth, job creation, poverty reduction and many others targeted at giving the people a new lease of livelihood”, he added.
Also, representative of the Future Cities programme, Mr. Simon Gusah, who underscored the importance of planning as a prerequisite to nation building, said there was an urgent need for government at all levels to start planning for future challenges, noting that the initiative was predicated on inclusive prosperity for all.
Mr. Gusah, added that the programme which represents a catalytic intervention, aimed at leveraging International and British expertise towards improving trade and investments between Nigeria and the rest of the world, was also expected to facilitate additional finance and improve opportunities for international and UK businesses.