The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has called on indigenes of the state, in diaspora to come home and assist in contributing to the governance and developmental growth of the state.
He made the appeal while receiving an award from the Egba indigenes in Diaspora at the 5th Biennial Convention of The Egba National Association, Incorporated, of United States and Canada.
At the event, which was hosted by the Egba Descendants Association, Dallas, Texas, with the theme, Celebrating our Heritage, the governor was represented by his wife, Olufunsho Amosun.
“I urge you to come home and contribute your own quota to the development of our dear state and Nigeria,” the governor said.
Mr. Amosun, charged indigenes of the state in Diaspora, to use the platform to synergise and contribute their quota to the development of Ogun State in particular and Nigeria in general.
He appreciated the association for putting the event together, adding that the recognition, which was the association’s first ever award for excellence, would spur him to do more for the good people of Ogun State.
“This award is a call to greater service. Back home in Nigeria and indeed in our dear state, excellence is acknowledged and rewarded. I urge you to come home and contribute your own quota to the development of our dear state and Nigeria,” he emphasised.
Declaring the three day convention open, the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Adedotun Gbadebo, also solicited the support of Egba indigenes at home and in Diaspora, to use the opportunity presented by the event to chart the way forward for the state.
“I want you to look back, examine the present and chart a way forward,” the traditional ruler said.
The representative of the Olu of Ilaro, and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Kehinde Olugbenle, Ayinde Ibikunle, also acknowledged the rapid transformation going on in the state, which he said, included the security of lives and property.
He also advised the governor to see the award as a call to do more.
The national chairman of the association, Olutoyin Oladipo, in his welcome address, thanked the governor for reinventing the wheel of progress in Ogun State.
He assured the governor of the association’s willingness to avail the state of its vast human and material resources in Diaspora.
In his presentation, titled “Significance of the Diaspora in the Development of the Homeland,” City Manager, Forest Hill City Council, Seyi Ipaye, said his organisation was ready to partner with the Ogun State government in the development of a “Sister City” programme for Abeokuta City.