Saturday, 30 May 2020


The National Association of Nigerian Students South West Zone under the leadership of Comrade Kappo Samuel Olawale join the state, first family and His Excellency, the Governor of Ogun State, Prince (Dr.) Dapo Abiodun MFR to wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

This is an opportunity to acknowledge and honour a great leader, as well as a peace loving Governor whose devotion to the course of our State and Nation is legendary.

Your Excellency, you have been steadfast in defending the gains of our successful struggle to attain the best economy amidst the State outh Western states, thereby paving the way for the socio-economic and political development of our dear state. 

The state on which you have reposed so much responsibility and trust values the great contribution that you have made towards economically empowering the people through Economic Empowerment Programmes.

We continue to value your courage in ongoing efforts to making sure that Ogun State becomes one of the developed states in Nigeria, and continue to have global recognition in terms of the available resources in the state such as Agriculture, Tourism, Technology etc.

Today, by the grace of God Almighty, and the goodwill of the people of Ogun State, and others too numerous to mention, we stand on the threshold of a new dawn and a new beginning,” in short-sleeved buba, a floral agbada with a cap to match, the then-newly sworn in Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State had announced on May 29, 2019, delivering his inauguration speech at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Kuto, Abeokuta.

Today, Friday 29th of May, 2020, Abiodun would have spent exactly one year in office. It is a milestone.

Add to that is the indelible mark of double blessings, double celebrations and a moment only him can lay claim to in Nigeria. The Ogun State governor is a ‘born democrat,’ long before democracy returned to Nigeria on May 29, 1999. He was born May 29, 1960. Not many Nigerian politicians are in his league.

Debonair in style, egalitarian in outlook and democratic in disposition, Governor Abiodun is regarded as a man of immense capacity to lead and inspire. He is considered as a man committed to open governance, transparency and accountability. He has always sought to serve the public good.

May 29, 2020 will be a diamond jubilee for the avant-garde but down-to-earth Ogun Governor. It will also mark a remarkable year in the office. As an individual, Abiodun believes in the unity of purpose; in the amalgam of ideas and collective execution. To him, no one claps with one hand.

The former chief executive of various companies (Crestar Hydrocarbons Limited, OMS-Heyden Exploration and Production Limited, Heyden Petroleum Limited, Alarmnet and Innovative Ventures Limited, and First Power Limited), before assumption of office as the Governor of Ogun State, served as a member of various presidential committees (Presidential Think Tank set up by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2001). He was appointed as the Chairman of the Oil and Gas Committee of Ogun State in 2009 and served as the Chairman of Depot and Petroleum Product Marketers Association (DAPPMA) from 2012 to 2019. In 2014, Prince Abiodun was honoured by President Goodluck Jonathan with the Member of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR).

Yet, there is more to his life than personal achievements.

Provided with the mandate to serve Ogun State, Abiodun assured the people that his oaths of allegiance and office were a tripartite covenant “between me and God, on one part, to serve Him and reciprocate His faithfulness through the journey so far by being a tool to bring the greatest good to the greatest number of Ogun State people, regardless of creed, gender and political affiliation. On the other part, it is also a covenant with the good people of Ogun State.”

Has he lived up to that?

Under one year of the administration, the governor has continued to make hard work seem easy. As a complement to stimulating employment in the state, the governor created the Ogun Tech Hub and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (Stem) Centre located along Kobape Road, Abeokuta Expressway. With a sprawling tableau of ICT experts, trainees and gadgets, the hub was conceptualized to make Ogun “the one-stop-shop for technological innovations across Africa where start-up companies will conveniently be set up.”

The technology hubs across the state have confirmed the premium position of the state in the digital economy. In fact, the Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy rated Ogun as the Best State in ICT Penetration and Adoption.

Apart from media reports on several infrastructural, industrialization, economic and developmental initiatives of Governor Dapo Abiodun MFR scattered around the State, his vision and vocal point to make Ogun State greater than he met it is a reflection of his daily struggles even with the dwindling resources available at his disposal. 
He has lived up to expectation in the Educational Sector, Agricultural, Infrastructure, Empowerment Initiatives, Security of Lives and Properties and other sectors but as human, we are Oliver Twist, more is expected.

I urge all Progressive Nigerian Students in the Gateway State and South West in general to all come together and pray for Governor Adedapo Abiodun in order to achieve success and to govern the state well in a good pace better than the way he met it.

“On behalf of all Nigerian Students in South West Geopolitical Zone, the NANS structure leadership and all other students organization in the Zone, I write to express warm felicitations to you on the landmark occasion of your 60th birthday anniversary.”
“As you deservedly celebrate this glorious day, it is my prayer that the Lord of Á luta who has richly prospered you and ordered your every step this past half century, will continue to bless you with good health and fulfillment in the many more years of worthy service ahead of you,”

Conclusively, I hereby seize this golden opportunity to grab the fiat in wishing my amiable Governor an Happy Birthday and exemplary show of leadership In celebrating ONE YEAR in the executive wing.

Until all are Freed,
All remain Slaves.


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