Nigeria Politics


PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL : December 12th, 2022

Abiodun: FG to designate Ogun Agro Cargo Airport export terminal for non oil products

The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, disclosed that plans are in top gear by the Federal Government to designate the state owned Agro Cargo International Airport as the export terminal for non-oil in the country.

The governor, who made this known during the 5th Coronation and 60th birthday reception of the chairman, Ogun State Council of Oba’s and the Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, held in Sagamu, also noted that a dry Port is on the verge of been located at Kajola.

Abiodun while saying that the Dry Port which would be an inland container terminal, would enable business concerns in the state ship cargo directly from foreign countries to Kajola.

He added that the development which is in collaboration with the Lagos State Government would also help to de-congest roads leading to Lagos ports.

The state governor who further disclosed that his administration was also working to have a logistics hub in Wasimi, said that the hub would enable exporters to stock their containers and at the same time ship to their destinations.

“Only yesterday, I was advised by the Federal Government based on their understanding of what we are doing in Remoland, the Federal Government has decided to name our airport that we haven’t even commissioned as the Export Terminal for Non-Oil in the Country”.

“Kajola is also a Free Trade Zone that was established by the Gbenga Daniel regime, it is where we currently have the wagon Assembly for the rail line that goes from Lagos to Ibadan, we have brushed it up again, looked at it, we are locating a dry Port in Kajola.

“A dry Port is an inland container terminal, so that Ogun businesses do not have to ship cargo from foreign countries to Apapa anymore, they will ship and say Kajola, because of the joint development cooperation we have with the Lagos State Government, we are jointly pursuing how to de-congest roads leading to Lagos ports and this one of the solutions that we’ve proffered to achieve that.

” We are doing something not far from Kajola in Wasimi as well, it is what we call the ‘Logistics Hub’, from where exporters will now be able to stock their containers. Once their containers are stocked in Wasimi and locked there. The next thing is to go on the ship and by so doing, there will be an increase in our ranking on the ease of doing business index. So companies will now not be complaining that containers come, spend weeks in the port,” he said.

Abiodun who also Informed the gathering that the Agro Cargo International Airport which is 93% completed, would be a viable transport and logistics hub.

The Governor while noting that the Agro Cargo Airport would provide a lot of what the Muritala Mohammed International Airport can’t provide for its users, said that the airport is built to category B6 specification.

” The Muritala Mohammed International Airport (MMA) is mainly a passenger airport that also operates cargo flights, the entire cargo apron of MMA is about 26,000 thousand square meters, their is no adequate space for aircraft to land, cargo planes to land.

” When cargo planes land in MMA, they have to wait because they are second in priority, the passenger planes are given priority to go to their own aprons and only after that can cargo planes go to their apron, they are almost parking with their wings touching each other.

“When it comes to fueling, they are also second in priority, they don’t have any more expansions space for their warehouses.

“Let me share this good news with you, our airport here has its apron four times the size of the apron in Muritala Mohammed Airport, our airport is almost 90,000 square meters, world class, built to specifications, category B6 specification.

” The runway is four kilometers, that runway is slightly longer than Muritala Mohammed International Airport runway, the fencing of that airport is a category 6 fencing, we have not cut any corners and the reason is very simple, we are a state government, we are only an enabler, we are not in the business of running business, we only facilitated the construction of that airport for others to take it over, either by buying it or concesioning and the only way we can do that properly is for us to build it to the best in class,” he said.

Abiodun who also added that the airport would be a cargo hub for the entire sub region of Africa, said that “we are currently speaking with DHL, Ethiopia Airlines, the plan is to move all their activities to this airport such that cargos will come there and from that point, you can being the cargo and from that point, you can now begin to distribute to the rest of the hinterland, either by road and by air to the rest of the West African sub region”.

Speaking on the state government’s initiative to attract investment into the state, the Chief Economic Adviser and Commissioner for Finance, Dapo Okubadejo, disclosed that the present administration had ensured the implementation of some of its policies which he said has made the state the investment destination of choice for investors.

Okubadejo who also disclosed that it was important to think out of the box, added that the maintenance of the status of the state as the industrial hub of the county where manufacturers wouldn’t need to spend too much on products was important.

The Chief Economic Adviser while noting that the creation of the Remo Industrial Cluster, the revalidation of the Agro Cargo Airport which would soon be ready for use, remia important for the economic development of the state.

Okubadejo who also noted that the Ijebu industrial cluster along the Ijebu-Ode-Epe corridor was deliberately created by the present administration in the state to pull from the Lekki corridor, added that significant transportation opportunities which are multi-modal are also available for use in the state.

Nigeria Politics


PUSH NEWS 24 INTERNATIONAL: November 11th, 2022

2023: Abiodun unveils campaign council, secretariat in Ogun…promises issue based campaigns

The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has unveiled the Campaign Council for the 2023 elections, with a promise that his campaign will be constructive and issue based.

Speaking at the unveiling of the Council and the commissioning of the State Campaign Secretariat at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, on Saturday, Abiodun said his administration has in the last three and a half years embarked on people’s oriented projects, saying his second term campaign would focus on how to deliver dividends of democracy to the people.

“We must engage in constructive and issue based campaign in line with the provisions of the electoral and rule of engagements.

We have done more than enough projects to ease our campaign while we promiseto do more for the benefits of the people of Ogun State if voted into power again.

“As we proceed to meet our people to seek their votes in this campaign for all our candidates in the state, let me assure you all that our administration will remain unwaveringly committed to the equitable development of our state and the implementation of people oriented and purposeful infrastructure, in line with our policy of inclusiveness and good governance”, he said.

The governor noted that his government was pro-active by lowering the political temperature in the state by being tolerant and respectful of the activities of all political parties in Ogun.”We have continued to create a level playing ground for all individuals irrespective of their political affiliations. This is unlike the previous administration that turned the period of campaign into War and brigandage”, he noted.

The governor enumerated the numerous projects and achievements recorded in the last three years and six months to include construction of over 800 kilometres of roads; affordable houses; renovation of schools and health facilities; youth and women empowerment; agriculture, among others.

On areas to focus on in his second term if voted next year, Governor Abiodun listed electrification to ensure uninterrupted power to the major cities, towns and industrial hubs; project light up Ogun; provision of water supply by carrying out the major overhauling of ArakangaWater Works to make water available for the people of Abeokuta and its environs, among other projects.

He stated further that efforts would be geared towards sustaining the peaceful atmosphere of the state to attract more investors by deploying technology for surveillance and crime detection, noting that “Security to us is very important, as we understand that No investor will invest in an environment that is not secured. Hence, will continue to provide Hilux vans, Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) and other logistics for our security agencies in the state”.

He stated further that a Special Intervention Programme that would benefit over 40, 000 people in the first instance, implementation of the multimodal transport master plan, as well as the completion of the Agro Cargo at Iperu Remo; construction of a Dry Port at Kajola and a logistics hub at Wasinmi; leveraging on the abundance of oil resources in Tongeji Island and Olokola, would be given due attention.

He noted that the state under his watch would intensify efforts at gearing the Internally Generated Revenue Service (IGR) to be more revenue driven, in order to be able to implement his administration’s developmental agenda.Abiodun, however, charged the campaign council members to live up to the expectation by winning Ogun for the progressives again in the presidential, gubernatorial, Senate, House of Reps and the House of Assembly elections, submitting that “our campaign must percolate to the grassroots for the good of our party”.

In his goodwill message, the former governor of Ogun State and the grand Patron of the Campaign Council, Olusegun Osoba, stressed the need for the people to collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards, as the available record shows that the south west has the highest number of unclaimed Voter’s Cards in the country.

He contended that Ogun State is the cradle of progressive ideals in the country, hence, the need for the party members to support and promote all the candidates in the forthcoming elections.Also speaking, former governor Gbenga Daniel who described Governor Abiodun as a good chess player who was able to bring people of diverse political leanings together, said it was time for the people to come together and work for the good of the party in the coming elections.

The APC gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, Senator Teslim Folarin, called on the members to put their house in order and carry out adequate marketing of their candidates from the president down to members of the House of Assembly respectively.

In his welcome address, the Ogun State Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Yemi Sanusi stated that the Campaign Council covers all candidates seeking elective post in the 2023 general elections, urging members to work together and shun disunity to jointly achieve victory.

He admonished the candidates to buckle up and complement the efforts of the governor by working harder than in 2019 to achieve a landslide victory.