Ogun Needs Robust Economic Schemes To Recover From COVID - 19 Blues - IT Expert Tells Abiodun - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, May 14, 2020

Ogun Needs Robust Economic Schemes To Recover From COVID - 19 Blues - IT Expert Tells Abiodun

Ayobami Ife,  Abeokuta

An Information Technology expert and illustrious son of Ogun state,  Gbenga Akinwande, has advised Governor Dapo Abiodun to urgently create new strategic road map for the state's economic recovery during or immediately after this COVID -19 pandemic.

Akinwande acknowledged that Abiodun's  government has started well with its agricultural initiatives such as the Anchor Borrowers Program (ABP) as the basis for its economic recovery policy, but said ABP as it is currently structured, might not achieve all the desired results.

The Philanthropist who made this known to The Daily Crucible, said there was the need for the state government to put in place, additional and robust programmes to create wealth for Ogun people, that were not currently captured by the existing schemes.   

He urged Abiodun to make farming machineries and high yielding inputs available to rural farmers in the agrarian communities in the state, recalling that he had also brought the issue to the attention of the Governor in a recent letter to him.

 He also advised the Government to make soft loans available to these rural farmers and people through the various local Co-operatives and Development Associations or their traditional councils.  

"Considering the current economic hardship in the country and the consequential effects on the well-being of our people arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative for Your Excellency to fashion out ways to mitigate the devastating effects of this pandemic on the future of our state.

" There is no doubt that things are very hard at present for our people, but Your Excellency must not lose focus in providing the right response to the various challenges at hand. Although, your government has started very well with your agricultural development initiatives as the basis of your government’s economic recovery policy. 

"The Anchor Borrowers Program (ABP) as it is currently structured might not really achieve all the desired results, thus there is need for more additional robust programs to create wealth for our people, not currently captured by the existing schemes,” he said.   

The philanthropist who doubles as the President of Gbenga Akinwande Foundation, identified  herdsmen attacks, theft of farm produce in the rural communities and bad roads in all the rural areas in the state as other major challenges being faced by the rural farmers in Ogun State and required urgent attention of the Governor.

 He appealed to Abiodun to deploy the bulk of the Amotekun Security Outfits recruits to the rural communities to stem the tide of the recurring herdsmen attacks and theft of farm produce in the rural areas; while also recommending that  mobile courts should be set up in all the 236 wards in the state to deal with the identified issues. 

According to Akinwande,  there should be an implementation of extant laws to regulate the activities of herdsmen in Ogun state.

He also called on the Governor to urgently rescue the secondary schools in Ogun West Senatorial district from total collapse, lamenting their abject state due to neglect.

 “Although, I know your government is doing a lot in this regards, but there is need to expedite action in this sector. It might interest you to know that our secondary schools today are shadows of what they were 20 years ago, particularly in Ogun West, where most schools are at 30-50 % manpower’s capacity utilization. Laboratories and sporting activities are almost non-existent in most secondary schools in Ogun state. 

"The sector is in need of a comprehensive reform to position it for global competitiveness,” he said.

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