Abiodun unfreezes LG accounts


Ogun state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has lifted the embargo placed on bank accounts of all the 20 local government areas in the state.

The unfreezing of the accounts, according to a statement by the chief press secretary to the governor, Kunle Somorin, takes effect from today (Monday).

Abiodun had frozen the accounts of the local government areas shortly after being sworn in as governor of the state.

But Somorin in the statement made available to Blueprint on Saturday said Governor Abiodun made the announcement at the strategic session for transition committee chairmen and members of all the local government areas in the state.

The workshop with the theme, “Towards a New Local Government System in Ogun – Doing Things Differently,” was held at the executive council chambers of the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan Abeokuta.

The governor, who described local government as the closest to the people, said for the people to feel the impact of government, those at the helm of affairs at the council level must embark on masses-oriented  projects and be fair in their dealings with them.

He said though they were not elected, the process of their appointment was consensus, as community and party leaders were involved in their selection as a corollary of the inclusive approach to governance in the state.

This, he noted, underscores his call that they must perform excellently to justify the confidence reposed in them.

“No investor would invest in crime prone areas”, Abiodun added.

He said his administration in the last seven months, had carried out lots of reforms, which include, setting up of the State Investment Promotion Agency (OGUNINVEST) and the State Public Private Partnership Office, aimed at attracting investors and improving ease of doing business in the state.

In the area of infrastructure, he said 38 roads had been rehabilitated across the state, with two newly constructed ones ready for commissioning.

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