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The Ogun State governor,Senator Ibikunle Amosun has assured that the Tongeji Island in Ipokia local government area will not go the way of Bakassi Peninsular due to government neglect.
Governor Amosun gave the assurance while receiving the new flag officer,Western Naval Command,Rear Admiral Samuel Alade in his office.
The governor said he has written the presidency twice on the challenges facing the Island with a view to ensuring that the island is properly guarded.’we will ensure on our part as a government that Tongeji Island does not go the way of Bakassi .We shall continue to ensure the development of the area by making the people of the Island happy’.Amosun said.
Amosun assured his visitor that his government will extend its five cardinal programmes to the Island particularly in the area of education and infrastructure. He congratulated Admiral Alade on his new appointment and charged him to ensure proper monitoring of water fronts in the South/West.
Speaking earlier,Rear Admiral Alade said he came to see the governor and brief him on his new appointment as the officer in charge of the south/west on maritime security issues.
He explained that Tongeji Island is very strategic not only to Ogun state but Nigeria as a whole adding that all hands must be on deck to ensure that the Island is not encroached upon. He said’there is need for more government presence on the Island in terms of adequate security and infrastructural development’.