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he world today is a global village. With all the changes taking place around us, relational changes are the most critical. Globalization is forcing us to think more about relationships (at least in economics) beyond our provincial boundaries and comfort zones. These relationships, however, focus only on an exchange process (e.g., of labour, goods and services), not a relational process. This exchange process shows the ways, many personal relationships are conducted, even with God. We must take cognizant of the fact that relationship should be based on love (koinonia / agape type). The simple lesson relational connection teaches us is to love one another, serve one another, obey God and do God's Will and Commands at all times. But when a governor that is supposed to provide basic essentials for the people that put him in power fails to do so; then one needs to reconsider the relational process and make a decisive change. Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the governor of Ogun State was sworn-in on May 29, 2011. Two years after, the people are in agony due to anti-people's Programmes.
Maybe SIAmosun thinks he is governing well and extending love to the people of Ogun state but the reality differs. He is supposed to have a feed back mechanism to reveal the true state of affairs in Ogun State to him. He is probably one of the governors that are allergic to the truth so aides lie to him. Governance is supposed to be service to humanty and God. A governor is called to selfless service of the people, to the people, and for the people; anything outside these relational needs is self service and vain glory. Let me at this point, itemize more cardinal programmes that I intend to carry out if elected in 2015:
(11). PENSION AND SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM: This will be carried out in phases:
Phase One: Formulation of pension policy and establishment of a government agency to manage, pay and provide means of sourcing of pension schemes and gratuities. The pension scheme is to be based on contributory and participatory system i.e. employee and employer contribution. The agency will operate like commercialized insurance scheme; the state government will provide guarantee for the scheme to simplify and subsidize the funding cost of the operations.
Phase Two: Provision of start up once-off equity including the use of an existing infrastructure to commence operations including manpower resources.
Phase Three: Transfer of all pension liabilities, obligations including management to the agency.
Phase Four: Expanding the scope of participants and operations.
(13). EXPANDED ELECTRIFICATION PROJECTS
(14). INVESTMENT IN TOURISM: Ogun State is blessed with many tourism sites which offer value for money ranging from Natural to Cultural, from Historical to Traditional, from Arts and Crafts, from Business to Leisure Resorts, and all of which are unique. Maami's government will coordinate tourism development strategies that will encourage private sector participation, franchising of lucrative sites and development of support structures. There are many tourist centres with huge market potentials, these include Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Birikisu Sungbo (believed to be the final resting place of Queen of Sheba) at Oke-Eri via Ijebu-Ode, Yemoji Natural Pool, Orisagamu Ewa in Sagamu, Ebute-Oni Tourist Beach in Ogun Water-Side, Suna Cultural hall, Imodi-Ijebu-Ode, Lisa Memorial Arcade and Garden in Lisa in Ifo. Other tourist potentials in Ogun State that have been identified include Golf Resort "The Hilltop", Adire Textile Market, the first Church in Nigeria - St. Peters in Abeokuta, Oronna Shrine in Ilaro, Orisagamu Ewa Stream in Sagamu, Madam Tinubu Tomb in Abeokuta, the Celestial City in Imeko, Taborrah Hill in Ogere, Traditional Regatta in Iwopin and the Tongeji Island near Ipokia.
Some of the leading traditional festivals celebrated in Ogun State are: Lisabi day, Ojude-Oba, Owu-day, Oronna day, Ereke day, Lafose day, Igunnuko, Gelede, Egungun, Osun, Oro, Agemo, Ogun, Obalufon, Orisa Oko and others. Maami's government will develop a consolidated plan for Tourism development in Ogun State that will make the State join global 'best practice' in socially, environmentally and culturally responsible Tourism. Tourism education and training will be one of the fundamental pillars of the development of responsible and sustainable tourism. The main principles governing this appproach to education and training are as follows:
To Promote the involvement of the private sector and institutions in the provision of education and training.
To Encourage the tourism private sector to increase its commitment to training.
To Address the specific needs of small, micro and medium-sized businesses (SMMEs) and emerging entrepreneurs.
To Promote tourism awareness at all levels of society and
To Encourage the local media and NGOs to become partners in the tourism education and awareness.
I will like to round up the cardinal programmes by commenting once again on the health issues in the state. The primary and secondary care functions in Ogun State have gradually collapsed and if not for the existence of the Federal Medical Centre in Abeokuta that sub-serves these levels; the mortality rate would have been higher. Join me next series on other salient points.
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