Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has reinforced the warning that his administration would not tolerate cultism and its attendant criminal activities, declaring that his government would hesitate to pull down houses giving safe haven to cultists.
Abiodun, who handed this warning following the recent cultism related killings in Iperu-Remo and its environs, at the 2022 Akesan Day celebration held at the Apostolic Grammar School, Iperu-Remo, reiterated that his administration has zero tolerance to cult activities and would not spare anyone caught in the act.
He enjoined the Alaperu of Iperu-Remo, Oba Idowu Basibo and chiefs of the town to call a meeting and discuss on ways of nipping the evil act in the bud.
The governor also urges parents to rein in their children as government would not condone a situation where few individuals would give the state a bad name.
“As at today, our state is regarded as the most peaceful in Nigeria. The reason why investors are trooping into our state is because apart from having good roads, we have adequate security. But there are some people who call themselves cultists. They go about killing themselves and harassing people.
” I call on our Royal Father as our leader, to please call a town hall meeting and discuss this issue, because if I hear anymore of this, I will pull down the house they live in. Our state is very peaceful and it will remain so”, Abiodun stated.
He described Ogun as a peaceful state with resourceful people, stating that the Akesan Day celebration was meant to showcase and celebrate the history and rich culture of the Iperu people who have continue to play important role in Yorubaland and Nigeria.
He, however, attributed the success of the celebration to the support and cooperation of all sons and daughters of the town whom he described as intelligent, dependable, honest and resourceful.
The governor hinted that a new 100 beds hospital, with modern medical equipment would be built in Iperu-Remo, to cater for the health needs of the people of the town.
Abiodun informed the gathering that his administration has in the last three and a half years construction of roads, renovation of schools, primary healthcare centres, among others, adding that Sagamu-Iperu-Sapaade road is under construction.
Chairman of the event, Mr. Ayo Ojuroye, in his remarks, noted that the current administration has through its achievements in the provision of infrastructure, redrawn the map of the state to be an industrial hub of the country.
He said the governor with his style of governance, has exhibited an uncommon love for his state and people and ensure even development, adding that the Day is an historical moment for the people to celebrate their Cultural heritage.
In his speech, the Alaperu said the town has benefited from the three and a half years of the present administration in the area of road construction, renovation of schools and health centres and the new 2,000 Hall, pleading with the governor to include street light on the new Sagamu-Iperu-Ode-Sapaade road to add to its beauty.
Chairman of the 2022 Akesan Day celebration, Mr. Talabi Jamiu, appreciated the governor, sons and daughters of Iperu for their support, saying this had led to the modest achievements recorded in the town in the past years.