President Muhammadu Buhari is to embark on a two-day official visit to Ogun State from February 1 to commission various legacy projects that will precede activities to mark the creation of the state 40 years ago.
Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, disclosed this while briefing the press in Abeokuta yesterday on the visit of the President and the “Project 40 at 40”, which will involve the commissioning of 40 legacy projects across the state to commemorate the creation of Ogun on February 3, 1976.
The SSG said Buhari would arrive Ogun on Monday, February 1 and thereafter witness the “huge harvest of completed projects”, some of which he would commission, before returning to Abuja the following day.
He said the President would commission some of the 40 completed projects scattered round the state, noting however that “we would have loved him to commission the 40 projects, but we are currently negotiating with the Federal Government to have him go round all the zones to commission the projects.”
Adeoluwa explained that the programme was not just about “celebrating the creation of the state, but giving account of stewardship. We are harvesting the glory of God in our lives in Ogun State”.
According to him, former governors are also expected to commission some of the projects, which include township roads, model schools, flyover, Cancer Centre and farm settlements.
He added that the anniversary will kick off on Friday, January 29 with a Jumat Service at the Central Mosque, Kobiti, to be followed by a Thanksgiving Service at the St. Peter’s Cathedral, Ake, on Sunday, January 31.
Other programmes lined up, according to him, are Quiz Competition among pupils of public secondary schools, Football Competition among selected football icons, Command Performance by the state Cultural Troupe, Talent Hunt Show by civil servants, Town Hall Meeting and musical performances.
The SSG also disclosed that icons in theatre, music and creative arts, who have practiced for at least 40 years in their respective industry, would equally be unveiled.