Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said he would tap from the experience of elder statesmen and women in running the affairs of the State.
Prince Abiodun who stated this when he met with members of the State Elders Consultative Forum at his office, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, noted that the State was lucky to have such an array of successful elders who have done the State proud in their various fields of human endeavours.
He said as a result of their commitment, sacrifice and resourcefulness, other states have become envious of the State, just as their dedication, industry and integrity had made the Ogun, first among equal.
“It is unwise to do away with the wisdom of the elders. We will tap from our referred elders to reposition our economy, education and other sectors to the benefit of our people”, Governor Abiodun said.
He reiterated that his administration would focus on good governance, by being fair, accountable, equitable and trustworthy, to earn the confidence of investors and people to reside in the State.
While reeling out policies and programmes of his government, the Governor said efforts would be geared towards revamping the economy, education, agriculture, infrastructure and health, adding that the digitisation of the State and youth employment would also receive a boost.
He pledged to be open to the Forum’s suggestions and contributions that would add value to the well-being of the people, assuring the elders of his support and regards at all times.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the Forum, Justice Bola Ajibola, represented by Olori Yetunde Gbadebo, said the 135 member Forum is made up of prominent elders who had made their mark in the service to Ogun State and Nigeria, which they believe would help the present Administration achieve its goals.
Contributing, The Coordinator of the Forum, Chief Taiwo Alimi, urged the Governor to be equitable in the distribution of infrastructure, while Prof. Biyi Afonja, charged him to build on the achievements of his predecessors.