HARD TIMES OR NOT: OGUN CELEBRATES 40TH WITH A BANG!
By TEFIL OGABA:
Carved out of the old Western Region on February 3, 1976 by the then regime of Generals Murtala Mohammed and Olusegun Obasanjo. The state was one of the 19 states created out of the former twelve states structure of 1967. It was named after the Ogun River that runs across it from North to South, and it’s commonly tagged the ”gateway state” because of its border connections to other states. According to the 2006 census, the state has a total population of 3,751,140 residents.
Incidentally, the 40th anniversary of Ogun falls within the second tenure of incumbent governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, who threw some lavish activities to memorialize the occasion.
The celebration which was highlighted by the commissioning of 40 projects attracted several dignitaries led by President Muhammadu Buhari, his Vice and native of Ogun State, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, past governors of the state (military administrators and civilian governors), amongst several.
Royal fathers were not left out: the Akarigbo and paramount ruler of Remoland, Oba Dr. Micheal Adeniyi Sonariwo; the Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle; the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Michael Gbadebo; the Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Dr. Sikiru Adetona and several royal fathers and chieftains made the multi-day celebration a specular public relations booster for the current governor as many spoke glowingly of his administration’s above average performance in a number of areas.