Food Security: Abiodun allocates farmland to lawmakers

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, on Thursday allocated farmland to 25 members of the state House of Assembly as part of efforts aimed at ensuring food security and supporting the Federal Government’s Agriculture Revival Initiative.

Prince Abiodun, who handed over the budget allocation papers to the lawmakers at the Governor’s Office, Okemosan, Abeokuta, to mark the first anniversary of the 10th Assembly, said the gesture was to motivate the lawmakers to contribute towards making the state the food supplier of the country.

He said: “I recall that I had promised to allocate farmland to every member of parliament in Ogun State as part of our food security and agriculture rehabilitation efforts, this is in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s New Hope policy.”

“Today, in fulfillment of my promise and to mark your first year in office, I am pleased to present you with the allocations for the Speaker and the 25 members of the House of Representatives. I urge you to use this opportunity to grow what you eat and eat what you grow. This will be how we ensure that we realise our aspiration to make Ogun State the breadbasket of the nation.”

Abiodun commended the lawmakers for their commitment to the principles of democracy, good governance and welfare of the people, saying their dedication to legislative excellence has played a key role in driving national progress and development.

The Governor highlighted the numerous bills and resolutions passed by lawmakers in the past year aimed at improving the lives of residents, saying their tireless efforts, unwavering integrity and spirit of collaboration with the Executive have made the state one of the best in the country.

“Whether in the executive or legislative branch, history has presented each of us with a rare opportunity to lead and serve those whose hopes and aspirations are pinned on our ability to deliver the much-needed dividends of democracy. In doing so, we must understand and decide which side of the divide we want to be on and how we want to be remembered,” he added.

Governor Abiodun assured that his government would continue to work closely with lawmakers to advance key initiatives that will further drive the development of the state, just as he promised to prioritise investments in infrastructure, health and technology to keep the state competitive and prosperous.

“We face great challenges together. Our people have high expectations. We must work to create an inclusive society where all our citizens have the opportunity to thrive,” he said.

Speaking earlier, Speaker Oludaisi Elemide said the past year had been fraught with turmoil and tension, but maintained that the desire to provide meaningful representation to the people had seen them through the turbulent times.

He commended the Governor for embarking on a complete renovation and restoration of the Capitol building, adding that 24 new toilets have been added and running water has been restored to lawmakers' offices in the Capitol.

Elemide assured the governor that the legislature would work with him in enacting laws that would fast-track the socio-economic development of the state, saying lawmakers should be guided by the fact that they are in the legislature to represent the interest of their constituents.


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