The outgoing governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun says that Gbenga Daniel, his predecessor, handed over ‘a failed state’ to him in 2011.
He alleged that Gbenga Daniel handed over a state that was characterized by poor economy, deplorable infrastructure, and insecurity, which prevented investors from investing in the state.
The outgoing governor who spoke at a press conference to lunch Ogun State Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency, however, hinted that his government had turned things around. He said contrary to the claims of some people that he is leaving a “burdened” State for the incoming administration of Prince Dapo Abiodun, his administration is rather leaving an economic viable State.
He mentioned some of the achievements of his administration to include increasing the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state and improving the ease of doing business in the state.
“When we came in 2011, Ogun State appeared to have failed as a State. Investors were running away from the State because of the high level of insecurity in the State but today, the State is ranked 4th on the list of State with the ease of doing business.“ “As at the last count, our activities as a government has attracted 473 mega companies which some investing as much as N2billion. Not only that, we took the IGR of the State from the paltry sum of N700million to N7billion per month.“
“But we are not relenting on all these achievements. We know we have been very successful, but we need to consolidate on the success we have achieved and that is why we are establishing this agency,” he said. Responding to a question on whether the incoming administration will not discard the Agency, Amosun said, “I believe that any administration will reverse any initiative or programme that will guarantee investment growth and boost the IGR of the State.”
Gov Amosun will return to the Senate after winning his bid to represent Ogun central senatorial district.