You've derailed from your predecessors' development agenda - Ogun LP guber candidate - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Thursday, July 13, 2023

You've derailed from your predecessors' development agenda - Ogun LP guber candidate

By Editor

The Ogun State Labour Party governorship candidate in the 2023 general elections, Kehinde Sogunle has accused the State Governor, Dapo Abiodun of derailing from the developmental agenda of past governors in the state.

The LP governorship candidate in a statement titled, "Turning away from sugar-Coats – Cosmetics, Optics, Acoustics, and Theatrics", expressed concerns about the direction of governance in the state.

According to Sogunle, who made the accusation in a statement he made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital, said the governor failed to build on existing developmental agenda and regional plans of his predecessors, stressing that this has led to discontinuity in progress and a perceived backwardness of the State when compared with neighbouring Lagos State.

He lamented the lack of inclusivity, collaboration, and cooperation in the current administration's governance philosophy, Sogunle noted the prevalence of exclusivity that hampers the participation of well-meaning individuals and groups in the state's development. 

He criticized the lack of continuity and engagement with key stakeholders in the State's development process, saying the absence of consistent interaction with the governor, cancellation of economic summits, and limited involvement of enlightened residents and economic actors had created a development gap and hampers the state's progress. 

“The PDA government has not lived with the intents and practice of the espoused mantra of ‘Building our Future Together’ which suggests inclusivity, collaboration and cooperation. There is a wide gap between the espoused acoustics of working together and the practice of involvement and inclusion of the necessary constituents. What is perceived is a utilitarian approach suitable for the exclusive design and limited private benefits that is desired,” he said.

"The lack of meaningful engagement with key stakeholders, including the Transition and Handover Committee members, industrialists, manufacturers, and the civil service, has resulted in a gap in development and strategic planning". 

"The administration has failed to build upon existing development agendas and regional plans, leading to a discontinuity in progress and a perceived backwardness in comparison to neighbouring Lagos State".

“Governance is a continuum, particularly when it is realised that it is for the purpose of serving the people. The Dapo Abiodun administration has not significantly built on the development foundations laid by his predecessors. He rather has been engaging on choosy convenient and cosmetics connections that suits the perceived short-term tendencies of his administration".

 "The economic clusters development master plan being developed can be seen to be emphasising sectional interests as it unduly concentrates projects in certain areas to the disadvantage of others”, he added.

According to him, the Abiodun government has squandered the initial goodwill it received after the 2019 elections, saying that a small group of self-serving individuals has exerted control over decision-making processes, hindering inclusive governance.

He further criticized the government's handling of border locations and infrastructure projects, highlighting a lack of holistic development vision and a concentration of efforts in certain areas while neglecting others. He emphasizes the need for a comprehensive and inclusive approach to development, driven by collaboration, continuity, and a genuine commitment to the well-being of the people.

Sogunle therefore called for a more deliberate and inclusive approach to governance, urging Governor Abiodun to focus on fostering a concerted, holistic, sustainable, and accelerated trajectory of growth and development. 

He emphasized the importance of collaborative planning, drawing from the state's existing development agenda and regional plans to the development and growth of the State.

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