Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has said his administration plans to explore oil prospects on the island of Tongeji and Olokola in 2023.

He stated that his government would achieve this by intensifying collaborative efforts with technical partners and investors.

Abiodun said this in his New Year’s message to the people of the state, titled ‘The bright future is here’.

He said: “As the year progresses, we will begin implementation of some of our other initiatives: we will partner with others in the private sector to explore our state’s oil prospects on the island of Tongeji and Olokola.

“We have no doubt that, with the right technical partners and investors, Ogun State will soon proudly join the community of oil-producing states in Nigeria. Through our rural electrification program, we will provide solar powered lighting systems for our underserved communities.

“We will continue to invest in the provision and supply of water. We have already started this with the completion of a major overhaul of the gates at the Arakanga waterworks, which has enabled the proper storage and supply of drinking water to the people of Abeokuta and surrounding areas.”

According to the governor, the state will soon begin replacing old water pipes with new ones to help his water sustainability project. He added that the state is committed to its ‘Ilumina Ogun’ project, which will allow it to generate electricity for its major towns and cities from an Independent Power Project through a PPP Joint Venture.

He further said: “Soon we will also implement our electric mobility and gas mobility projects through which all our motorcycles will be battery powered and our mass transit system will be powered by compressed natural gas.”

Abiodun also stated that the state would complete the 250-bed hospital in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, in partnership with Afrexim Bank, and the Maternal and Child Specialist Hospital at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, would be built in partnership with the Foundation. Abdul Samad Rabiu.