On July 25th 2017, Hon. Shamsudeen Abiodun Olaleye mounted the saddle as the Executive Chairman of Isolo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) for a second term in office. His re-election came on the back of a landslide victory in the local government election conducted a few days earlier.
That the generality of the council area voted overwhelmingly for the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate meant they have put their trust in him to deliver dividends of democracy yet again as he had earlier done in his first term in office between 2011 and 2014. Hence, Olaleye’s re-election came with lots of responsibilities and expectations. His three years absence from the council had left obvious gaps in infrastructural development in the council area as the roads and other infrastructures were in bad conditions even as the morale of the workforce was in its lowest ebb. This could not have been blamed entirely on the former administrations whose ad-hoc status had placed restriction on its ability to perform to expectations.
Therefore, the present administration was faced with financial and administrative encumbrances occasioned by budgetary limitations as the former administration lacked the constitutional capacity to operate a budget for a whole financial year. Being an election year, the council’s capacity to rake in more funds from IGR was greatly impaired even as it has to make do with the restricted financial regulation from the Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) because the administration was not an elected one.
Hence, the need to hit the ground running with the drafting of the 2018 financial budget of the council seemed to be the only key out of the woods. Therefore, efforts were geared towards drawing up the 2018 budget proposal starting with a stakeholders meeting where critical stakeholders in the communities were invited to make inputs. Their various submissions were collated and presented for deliberations at the budget retreat held late January. At the end of the retreat, a N1.6 billion budget tagged ‘Budget of Prosperity and Sustainable Development’ was presented by the Executive Chairman of the council, Hon. Shamsudeen Abiodun Olaleye on Tuesday 13th February 2018 to members of the Legislative Arm at a brief ceremony held inside the Legislative Chambers of the council. The budget which was N48million less than the approved N1.64billion budget of last year is expected to bring sustainable development across the seven political wards of the council area beyond the current fiscal year. The council boss noted that the budget was carefully drawn up with inputs from the various communities in the council area to bring even development in all spheres of human life. According to him, his administration has taken time to propose capital projects that would extend to the preceding years to achieve sustainable development.
In the highlight of the budget, the council hopes to grade 50roads; construction of culverts and drainages in various communities; renovation of solar lights in the council premises; construction of new primary school at Okota ward; completion of renovation works on Akinbaiye Primary School and construction of a new Primary Health Centre at Alagbeji ward as well as rehabilitation of existing PHCs.
On education, the council made provision for the continuation of the payment of bursary award to students of higher learning; provision of more adult literacy centres; provision of exercise books to primary school pupils; provision of 50-seater buses to convey students to and from the School Village.
To realize these laudable programmes and projects, Hon. Olaleye revealed that the council has concluded plans to pursue internal generated revenue (IGR) with firmness and vigour. To this end, the council boss further revealed that the council intends to purchase new revenue buses while some of the old ones would be repaired to increase the council’s fleet of revenue buses. Aside this, incentives have been earmarked for revenue officers to motivate them to improve the council’s revenue profile.
After an exhaustive deliberation and intensive scrutiny, the proposed 2018 Appropriation Bill was passed by the Legislative Arm of Isolo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) on 20th February 2018 as Isolo LCDA became the second council administration in the state to have its budget approved by mid February 2018 to further attest to the cordial and harmonious working relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of the council.
Barely four months after the approval of the 2018 budget there are ominous signs that the council is heading in the right direction as typified by the 85% (N68million) record performance in the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) in the first six months of the estimated revenue of N144million for the year.
Indeed, Hon. Olaleye’s benefit of experience, meticulous planning and accuracy in the implementation of the budget has changed the narratives of the council to a better, rewarding and prosperous one with the careful deployment of funds to meet the developmental challenges of the council area to further deepen good governance in the core area of human and infrastructural development.
WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE
Being an elected administration with full executive authority, the Olaleye administration immediately swung into action by first attending to the poor condition of roads being a common public infrastructural denominator. As a first major step, nine road networks were attended to within the first three months in office to ensure a smooth and safe passage for motorists and also reduce the perennial traffic on Mushin Road. This was carefully done by consciously creating a bye-pass to link Oke-Afa via Kogberegbe Street. To achieve this, nine roads were rehabilitated. They include Mureni, Shonibare, Akande Odebiyi, Holy Saviours, Akindehinde, Aderinto, Oremeji, James Oni and Kogberegbe.
Similar rehabilitation exercises were also carried out at Oludegun Junction, Mushin Road and Abimbola Junction where the council had to embark on the construction of a new iron rail across the drain to connect Abimbola Way with Mushin Road. Though, the council’s interventions on the major roads have been palliative, a total rehabilitation of these roads can only be effectively carried out by the state government. However, the council has engaged the Lagos Public Works Bureau in this regard and soon enough the rehabilitation of Osolo Way would commence.
Indeed, Shammeh has remarkably taken road infrastructure to a new height in Isolo with the total rehabilitation of Goloba Street. The road which was constructed in 1990 is wearing a new look with full complement of drainage and streetlights powered by a stand-by generator. This is the first time a council administration would provide streetlight in a road project in the history of the council area.
It was also a cheery affair in Ajao Estate where the council also undertook the construction of Baale Shekoni Street fitted with streetlights and drainages. The construction of this road which is slated to be commissioned by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode during his proposed tour to Isolo LCDA provides a bye-pass access to and from Canoe Bridge which would ultimately help to reduce traffic congestion within the Chivita area of Ajao Estate.
In the same vein, full rehabilitation works have also began on Olokun Street in Ishagatedo/Ire-Akari ward. The 200 metres road project would involve construction of culverts, drainages and solar-powered streetlights as well as asphalting to link Ire-Akari Estate Road via Aderinto and Ilori Streets. Fabiyi Street in Ilasamaja ward is next on the project list of Hon. Olaleye who remained committed to his promise of embarking on at least two road projects in each political ward.
Interestingly, the council’s boss infrastructural agenda did not end with road construction as Shammeh has equally embarked on given administrative infrastructure within the secretariat complex a new facelift. The last three years of past administrations had prompted a total neglect of infrastructural facilities within the secretariat complex with many of the offices left in deplorable conditions occasioned by leaking roofs, poor sanitary environment, lack of furniture and other basic amenities. Hence, the rehabilitation work was kick-started with the total renovation of the Administrative Block A comprising of the Vice Chairman’s office, SLG’s office, Marriage Registry, offices of Supervisory Councilors and other political appointees. Major works carried out on the wing include re-roofing, re-ceiling, provision of office furniture, plumbing and re-painting. Similar rehabilitation exercises were also carried out at Administrative Block B and C which comprise of the CM’s office, personnel, Departmental and Unit offices as well as Finance and Account offices.
In its quest to promote a cordial working relationship with the legislative arm of the council, the present administrations had swung into action by renovating the Legislative Chamber as well as providing befitting furniture in the Councilors offices. This was followed with the purchase of seven Toyota Corolla official cars for the councilors and the Leader of the House. This remarkable gesture which came barely few months after the inauguration of the legislators therefore marked the Olaleye administration as the second council administration in the state to buy cars for its legislators after Ibeju-Lekki.
In continuation of his holistic approach to educational development in Isolo council area, the administration of Hon. Shamsudeen Abiodun Olaleye concentrated on providing the 14 public primary schools with a new vista that would enable them compete favorably with their private school counterparts. He had reasoned that investing in infrastructure; materials, conducive learning environment and motivation would not only help bridge the gap between public and private publics schools but also help public primary schools to regain their lost glory. To achieve this, the council boss started by offering helping hands to parents by providing a total of 1400 pieces of customized school bags to be distributed to primary school pupils in Isolo LCDA. Plans are also in top gear to distribute exercise books and writing materials to the pupils soon after their resumption in September 2018.
In order to ease movement of school children from their various homes to the School Village at Okota and also minimized the daily associated risk of the journey, the Olaleye administration has also purchased two 100-seater school buses to convey the students to and from their homes. The school bus scheme would become operational on resumption next academic session.
Hon. Olaleye’s intervention at primary school level also include the complete renovation of Akinbaiye Primary School, Isolo whose roofing had been blown off thereby forcing the one-storey building to be abandoned for close to five years. The rehabilitation works which also include construction of new toilets, dredging of borehole, painting and complete rehabilitation of the Home Economics Centre is currently on-going at the school premises. The renovation work on the ancient primary school is expected to be completed soon even as other schools have been listed for rehabilitation next year.
However, the educational intervention is not limited to primary schools alone as Hon. Olaleye is assisting in preparing senior secondary students for their West African School Certificate Examinations. Currently, a total of 500 SS1 to SS3 students are attending extra-mural classes at Estate Primary School, Ile- Iwe Metta. The coaching class which is being organized by Hon. Olaleye’s administration is expected to provide ample opportunity for students to cover WAEC syllabuses ahead of time before writing their final examinations. Even as the students propped up themselves with adequate preparations for the final examinations, the council boss has also taken keen interest in the development of their English vocabulary with the prospect of becoming a One-Day Governor by successfully organizing the annual Spelling Bee competition among pubic primary and secondary schools in Isolo LCDA. The 18th edition of the competition which was held 4th of June 2018 saw Master Ikem Favour of Estate Primary School, Ile-Iwe Metta came first in the primary school category while in the secondary school category, Esiekpei Onome of Central Senior High School Okota beat others to the first prize. The duo who showed great potentials would represent Isolo LCDA at the state finals of the competition later in the year. It is hoped they would be able to rekindle the feat achieved in 2006 when Master Abundance Ikechukwu of Ire Akari Senior Grammar School, Isolo emerged overall winner of the competition and became the ‘One Day Governor’ of Lagos State same year.
Though tertiary education is not within the purview of local government administration, the commitment to offer a helping hand to parents many of who are already overburdened in their quest at giving their children tertiary education as prompted the Olaleye administration to continue with the bursary award scheme for indigene and indigents students of Isolo LCDA schooling in higher institutions across the country. During his first tenure in office, a total of 250 students benefitted from the scheme. In the year under review, about 110 students have so far benefited in the first batch of the scheme held early this year. The second batch of the scheme is expected to hold during Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s visit to Isolo LCDA soon.
Moving forward, the next one year in office would witness more interventions as the council hopes to lay the foundation for the first ever public primary school at Ago/Okota axis. The site of the proposed school has been secured while final approval of the school is being sought from SUBEB. Also, arrangements are in top gear to produce and distribute school uniforms to pupils in all the 14 primary schools in Isolo LCDA.
The first year in office of Hon. Shamsudeen Abuodun Olaleye has been quite challenging in the area of environmental health. Like other local governments, the initial withdrawal of LAWMA services and Private Waste Operators (PWO) from our major roads and neighborhoods’ had brought in its wake a major gap which new waste managers, Visionscape is still struggling to bridge. The attendant indiscriminate dumping of refuse along the major roads had become a sad commentary on the mega status of Lagos. Isolo LCDA has had its fair share of this major challenge as the council is trying its best to stay on top of the situation by promptly attending to refuse flashpoints within the council area. The council has continued to spend millions of naira to hire compactors and trucks to evacuate refuse bins almost on a daily basis even at weekends.
Unfortunately, the council’s intervention in this regard has failed to bring an end to heaps of refuse that litter the road because it takes days before the compactors and trucks return to base from the dumpsite in Epe. However, the council administration has gone into partnership with some PWOs to arrest the ugly situation. This arrangement was brought to bear in some locations in Ago/Okota axis, Isolo, Ilasamaja, Ajao Estate, Airport Road, Hassan Bus Stop, Cele Bus Stop and many others.
Also, the council has also set up a committee whose membership is drawn from the seven political wards of the council area to checkmate indiscriminate dumping of bins at unauthorized sites, improper bagging of refuse and unwholesome conduct of cart-pushers. The Environment Department of the council has also intensified its sensitization campaign to various markets and communities to re-echo the state government campaign for healthy living and cleaner Lagos initiative of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode.
Prior to the rains, the Olaleye administration had taken a proactive measure to curtail problem of flooding within the council area by going the whole hog to de-silt and cart-away drains and drainages in some flood-prone areas. These include Mushin Road, Oludegun, Mustapha, Karimu, Jaiyeola Ajatta, Adenekan/Apena, Ademulegun, Chivita Avenue, Ogundele Way, Goloba and Nwobodo Eze. This pro-activeness has ensured Isolo won’t record any incident of flooding this year.
Also, in its deliberate bid to beautify the environment and stem the tide of possible threat of flooding, the council also joined the rest of the world in marking the Tree Planting Day on July 14th. It is hoped that the trees planted along Kolawole Shonibare Street, Ajao Estate on that occasion will grow and will not die. They would beautify our environment and provide shield for humanity.
Again, Shammeh’s modest contribution in the area of sustainable environment in the last one year has not gone unnoticed as he was bestowed with an Award of Excellence by ‘Environmental Lagos’, a social media platform championing healthy living and cleaner environment in Lagos.
WOMEN EMPOWERMENT AND POVERTY ALLEVIATION (WAPA)
In the last one year in office, the Olaleye administration has successfully kept faith with its promise of extending helping hands to the widows, senior citizens and the physically-challenged within Isolo council area in fulfillment of one of his campaign promises. Though the token of N10, 000 and food items may not be enough to turn their live around but it represents the council’s modest way of connecting with the deprived members of Isolo LCDA. The first batch of the endowment programme was held in August 2017 with 100 people benefiting while another 100 people benefitted from the second batch of the programme held on 21st of April 2018 to bring the total number of beneficiaries to 200. More people are expected to benefit from the series before the last quarter of the year.
It would be recalled that a total of 350 people benefitted from similar endowment programme between 2011 and 2014 during the first term in office of Hon. Olaleye even as his passion for helping the widows did not go unnoticed as he won many accolades and awards such as ‘Best Local Government in the promoting the cause of Widows’ by INRI Foundation.
Aside mobilizing Isolo women for national and state functions and events such as National Women Day, Women Mega Rally for Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s second term endorsement, Women’s Health Medical Day and State Women’s Thanksgiving recently held on 3rd July, the Olaleye administration has also taken proactive steps in empowering the womenfolk with acquisition skills that would set them on the path of economic self-reliant through a three-day skill acquisition programme organized by the council in conjunction with Girlhub Africa, a volunteering network that exposes young women to volunteering opportunities that offers meaningful experiences. The event which held between Wednesday 30th May and Saturday 2nd June 2018 allowed more than 50 participants selected from across the seven political wards of Isolo LCDA to get involve in job creation, networking and humanitarian services and acquiring skills in make-up, bead-making, hair-dressing, photography, tie &dye and gele.
The skill acquisition programme came in the wake of a two-day seminar sponsored by the council for 15 management staffs and political appointees of Isolo LCDA. The seminar organized by Ogba-based Wodia Training Institute exposed participants to fresh ideas in management training and skill development programme.
AGRICULTURE AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
The last 365 days has brought about a positive engagement between the council and the various communities under Isolo LCDA. As the most viable direct link with the communities and neighborhoods, Hon. Olaleye engagements with Community Development Associations (CDAs) during his electoral campaigns has ensured he maintains a cordial relationship with critical stakeholders in various communities of the council area. Through direct engagement, he was able to keep abreast of the expectations of these communities, keeping record of their developmental challenges and mapping out ways of surmounting them.
Just few days after his assumption of office, Hon. Olaleye made real his promise to residents of Akinbode and other adjoining streets of providing pipe-borne water for their domestic needs. He did exactly as he promised during his electioneering campaign by providing a borehole to provide water for residents. The borehole was complimented with water reservoir and a standby power generator.
Residents of Ayanlu and neighbouring streets also enjoyed similar gesture of a borehole water project from the council with the compliment of water reservoir and a power generator.
Similarly, a three-day impactful engagement with stakeholders of Oke-Ogbere community in Okota ward has facilitated the provision of a 500KVA transformer for residents of Freedom Estate to solve power distribution problem in the area. The engagement further yielded more democratic dividend as the Executive Chairman was able to facilitate a tripartite meeting with the contractor handling Oke-Ogbere link bridge, critical stakeholders as well as the council which provided opportunity to exert an MOU from the contractor to undertake a reconstruction of Community Road which directly link the bridge that connects Oke-Ogbere with Isheri in Igando/Ikotun LCDA.
Aside this, the council has ensured the various CDAs and the CDC remain a critical player in its developmental agenda even as no effort was spared at mobilizing the CDC for global and state programmes such as World Food Day and World Community Day which was marked in the premises of this council on 7th December 2017 with funfair even as most of the CDAs were fully represented. The council has also continued to mobilize the CDC, CDAs, politicians, artisans, market men and women and traditional rulers for state programmes such as Town Hall meetings of Gov. Ambode, 2017 Id-el Kabir celebration, Christmas celebration, Lagos Musical Festival, Engagement with the Governor on the newly introduced Land Use Charge, Pre-summit Engagement on Security, Safety Agencies, LGs and Stakeholders etc.
Therefore, it did not come as a surprise that five out the 276 CDAs that benefitted from the state government’s N500million endowment to CDAs in Lagos are from Isolo LCDA. The CDAs are Hope CDA (Ajao Estate), Atokotashe (Okota), Greenfield CDA (Okota), Lateef Adegboyega CDA (Okota) and Ago/Okota CDA. It is hoped the recognition and endowment from the state government would galvanized other CDAs to be more active in their community development efforts.
Again, during the period under review, the council kept faith with its commitment at promoting staff welfare by paying bonuses to staff during festive periods such as Sallah and Christmas festivals, a gesture which the last two successive administration had failed to do. Added to this worthy gesture was the distribution of 250 bags of 50kg of Lake Rice by the Olaleye administration. As if that was not enough, the gesture was also extended to political appointees and politicians.
Promotion of good health and healthy living, being one of the cardinal objectives of this administration has ensured that all existing Primary Health Centres (PHCs) operate optimally across the council area with commendable service delivery in primary health care. The model PHC at Ilasamaja operates a 24-hour service with qualified doctors and nurses on hand to attend to emergency cases while others at Isolo, Ajao Estate, Oke-Ogbere, Ishagatedo and LSDPC Estate operate day services.
It is instructive to note that the administration of Hon. Olaleye has also taken proactive measures in different areas of health care system especially on safe delivery of mother and child during pregnancy. Aside running ante-natal and post-natal clinics in all the PHCs, the council boss has concluded arrangement for the distribution of maternity packs to pregnant women to reduce the financial burden of getting such packs as well as facilitating their safe delivery. The maternity packs are slated to be distributed to pregnant women by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode during his forthcoming visit to the council area.
Furthermore, Isolo LCDA joined the rest of the world to commemorate the Breast-feeding Week from 1st to 8th August 2017 where nursing mothers were encouraged to place their babies exclusively on breast milk to improve their health as well as promoting the bond between mothers and their babies.
During the period under review, the Maternal New Born & Child Week was also held across the seven political wards of Isolo LCDA in November 2017. This was followed by a Medical Outreach organized by Rotary Club in conjunction with Isolo LCDA to further take health care delivery to the door steps of residents even as the council joined the rest of the world in observing Measles Campaign Week from 22nd to 29th of March 2018.
Similarly, the National Immunization Plus Days (NIPDs) was held between April 27th and 30th March this year to protect babies from chronic diseases such as polio, sickle cell, diphtheria, pertussis, hepatitis B, and haemophilias influenza and tetanus.
Moving forward, the present administration hopes to up the notch with a plan to demolish the present structure at Isolo PHC which is found to be obsolete and not in tandem with modern structure. Hence, plans are afoot for the building to give way to a new one-storey structure before the expiration of this administration. Also, plans are equally in the pipeline for the construction of a new PHC at Alagbeji ward. This would be a big relief to residents of this area who have had to make do with an health post. It would be recalled that Hon. Olaleye had laid a foundation-stone for the construction of the new Alagbeji Primary Health Centre inside the LSDPC Estate during his first term in office but the project was stalled by concerns raised by administrators of the estate. Hence, the council is on the look-out for available space for the construction of the new PHC.
Isolo LCDA has remained one of the most peaceful council areas in Lagos State with high prospects of being an industrial hub for companies and manufacturing firms. The proximity of the council area to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, the Apapa Seaport and the Apapa/Oshodi Expressway has provided a unique advantage for ease of doing business and commerce to flourish. It is the full realization of this unique advantage that the council administration headed by Hon. Shamsudeen Abiodun Olaleye has continued to prioritize the safety of lives and properties in his cardinal objectives. In this regard, his administration is collaborating with all the security apparatus within the council area to bring crime and criminalities to the barest minimum if not totally eradicated.
Therefore, the administration has continued to hold the quarterly peace and security meetings with representatives of all security apparatus to review the security situations of the council area from time to time. At the last meeting of the committee, the council graciously approved a sum of N1million for the repair of patrol vehicles in all police divisions in Isolo LCDA.
More importantly, the council has continued to mobilize and encourage intelligence gathering by the police to combat the menace of cult activities particularly in Ilasamaja area. As a responsible government, the Olaleye administration organized a sensitization campaign for secondary school students against the menace of cultism. Aside this, the administration has continually enjoin parents and guardians through the CDAs and other critical stakeholders to be watchful of the unscrupulous elements their wards hang out with and report such to the police for possible apprehension.
Also, in a strong message of intent, the council in conjunction with the police has banned operations of brothels, restaurants, bars and sale of alcohols beyond 10p.m. in Ilasamaja area of the council, warning that violators risk being arrested by the police.
Isolo LCDA continues to provide opportunities for the teeming youths to take advantage of their potentials to build a solid future through empowerment programmes and initiatives that would usher them on the path of self-reliance and sustenance. In the absence of the much sought-after white collar jobs, Shammeh’s had reasoned on the need to empower the youth through skill acquisition in vocational jobs such as hair-dressing, fashion designing, bead-making, IT and computer literacy, photography, tie and dye, make-up artistry, shoe-making, soap-making, insecticide, disinfectant and hat-making.
The council has successfully thrown up more than 150 youths on the path of economic empowerment and self-reliance through its collaboration with non-governmental organisations like Girlhub Africa, OPAS Africa, Libration Empowerment and Action Empowerment etc. Only recently, the council went into partnership with OPAS Africa to undertake a three-week intensive computer training exercise for over 50 youths in the council.
In its quest for being a responsive and responsible government, Hon. Olaleye had officially endorsed and recommended many youth for job placements in many of the companies operating within Isolo LCDA such as Emzor Pharmaceuticals, CHI Industies, CWAY etc.
However, the realization that an idle hand is the devil’s workshop has prompted the present administration to gear efforts towards organizing a musical talent hunt show to unearth hidden talents across the council area. In the same vein, talks have reached an advanced stage with former Nigerian international football star, Peter Rufai to organize a football coaching clinic where budding talents would be identified and groomed for greater prospects.
Even as he looked back at the last 365 days with profound memories of modest achievements, Hon. Olaleye is not resting on his oars, remarking that the road to excellence has no finishing line just as he intoned that the modest achievement recorded so far would serve as motivation to do more. “The race to excellence has no finishing line and because it is a long distance journey, we must be resilient and calculative enough to prioritize developmental needs of our people within the ambit of available funds,” he reasoned.
On what his constituents should expect in his second year in office, the council boss said: “Fabiyi Street is coming on soon, the Isolo Primary Health Centre that we intend to demolish and reconstruct, the Alagbeji Health Centre that we are planning to bring on board. People should expect all these. We will continue the bursary award scheme, the program for the aged. We’ve just got two buses and we intend to buy one more. We are going to make sure that members of our excos are given support to carry out their functions which may include a need for an official car. We will do all of these. We will continue to attend to all of these. Rehabilitation of roads, we will continue to ensure that our environments are taken care of by ensuring that we desilt our drainages and at the same time ensue that we cart away refuses where they are burnt. We will continue to ensure that security of lives and properties remain sacrosanct. These are our promises to people, and I will tell you, that is the essence of government.”
LIST OF PROJECTS & ACHIEVEMENTS
WORKS & INFRASTRUCTURE
. Construction of Iron Rail across drain at Abimbola Junction
. Overlaying of Asphalt on nine roads (Nureni, Shonibare, Akande Odebiyi, Holy Saviours, Akindehinde, Aderinto, Oremeji, James Oni and Kogberegbe).
. Overlaying of Asphalt, de-silting and cart-away of drains on the bad portion of Mushin Road
. Renovation of Oludegun Junction
. Renovation of Admin Block A
. Renovation of Admin Block B
. Renovation of Admin Block C
. Renovation of Legislative Chamber and procurement of office furniture
. Renovation of Akinbaiye Primary School (On-going)
. Complete reconstruction of Goloba Street fitted with Streetlights and power generators
. Construction of Baale Shekoni Street fitted with Streetlights and power generator
. Procurement of office furniture for offices of political appointees
. Procurement of (7) units of Toyota Corolla cars for councilors
. Renovation of Marriage Registry
. Renovation of Vice-chairman’s office
. Reconstruction of Olokun Street (On-going)
. Complete renovation of Akinbaiye Primary School (On-going)
. Payment of Bursary to 100 indigene and indigent students of higher institution
. Procurement of customized school bags to 1, 400 primary school pupils
. Purchase of two (2) units of 100-seater buses
. Organizing of extra-mural classes for 500 senior secondary school students
. Organizing of Spelling Bee competition for primary and secondary schools
. Mobilization of school children to 2017 Musical Fiesta
. National Anti-cultism Campaign for Secondary School Students
. Procurement of Maternity Packs for pregnant women
. World Breastfeeding Week
, Maternal & Child Heath Week
. Rotary/Isolo LCDA Medical Outreach
. Measles Campaign
. National Immunization Plus Week
. Save One Million Lives Sensitization Campaign
. De-silting/cart-away of Mushin Road to Oke-Afa Canal
. De-silting/cart-away of drains and drainages of (20) streets across Isolo LCDA
. Refuse Mop-up Exercise across the (7) wards
. Continuous Clearing of Refuse at Black Spots across the LCDA
. Special Intervention Exercise at Akinbaiye, Alagbeji, Ajao Estate, Apena, Ilasamaja, Ishaga/Ire-Akari and Okota wards.
. World Tree-planting Day
AGRICULTURE & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
.Drilling of Borehole at Akinbode Street with power generator
. Drilling of Borehole at Ayanlu Street with power generator
. Provision of Electricity Transformer to Freedom Estate, Ago
. World Community Day Celebration
. 2017 Christmas Day Celebration (Distribution of 200 bags of Lake Rice (25KG)
. 2017 Ileya Celebration (Distribution of 250 bags of Lake Rice (50kg)
. (1st Edition) Endowment Programme for Widows, Elderly and the Physically-challenged
. (2nd Edition) Endowment Programme for Widows, Elderly and the Physically-challenged
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Inclusive Foundation Mourns Veteran Actress, Rachael Oniga
Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation, a non-governmental organisation has expressed its heartfelt sympathy to family, friends and the entire movie industry over the loss of the veteran actress, Rachael Oniga who died at age 64.
The CEO of the foundation, Chief (Mrs.) Pat Eleto, in a condolence visit to the family, on Saturday, July 31st, said the news came as a rude shock to many, but she believes that the late actress has created a great impact with her career, and her legacy should never be forgotten.
In her statement, Chief (Mrs.)Eleto said:
“It is with a heavy heart that I grief with the family of a sister, friend and adviser of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.
“Mrs. Oniga, is one of our great ambassadors, and we were actually working on a project that is meant for the later part of this year when the sad news of her demise came.
“Death is inevitable, we pray for the repose of her soul, and may God comfort all the people she left behind. We also hope and pray that all her good legacies, be sustained because, she was indeed a pillar of support to our foundation, and also one of veterans that contributed immensely to the growth of Nollywood,” the statement reads.
A native of Delta State, Oniga was one of the ambassadors of Inclusive Social Welfare and Empowerment Foundation.
Alaafin Shuns Ooni-Backed Group Over Alleged Anti-Buhari Posture
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Friday, at the last minute, allegedly cancelled an appointment he gave to a Yoruba group, Ooni’s Caucus, on the alleged complaint that members of the group are “notorious critics” of the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
The Ooni’s Caucus, which was inaugurated at the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on July 20, 2021, is made of many influential Yoruba persons and is being coordinated by a former Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Akin Osuntokun.
PUNCH learnt that Osuntokun led about 14 members of the group to Alaafin’s palace for the alleged 11am appointment on Friday, but after waiting for about two and a half hours, the influential monarch sent words to them that he would not be seeing them.
According to a source, who spoke to PUNCH on condition of anonymity, some of the group’s members who went to Alaafin’s palace with Osuntokun were a monarch, the Olugbon of Orile-Igbon, Oba Francis Alao; a former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe; a former commissioner in Osun State, Muyiwa Ige; a former Minister of Defence, Mrs Dupe Adelaja; a retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Taiwo Lakanu, Oye Oyewumi, Sola Lawal, among others.
A former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, is also said to be a member of Ooni’s Caucus, but he was not on the delegation to Alaafin’s palace on Friday.
The source, who is a member of the group, claimed that the group had through the Olugbon secured an appointment with Alaafin since Monday, and the same appointment was confirmed on Thursday, only for them to get to the palace and the Alaafin refused to see them on the claim that they were anti-Buhari and were also loyalists of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The source explained that the main purpose of the meeting was for the newly-inaugurated group to get Alaafin’s blessings and to possibly discuss the issue of the embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, who is currently being held and tried in Cotonou, Benin Republic.
The source said, “The Olugbon, a member of the caucus, was the one who booked the appointment, but he said the Alaafin said he didn’t want to see us because we’re notorious critics of the Buhari government.
“He (Alaafin) confirmed the appointment yesterday (Thursday). But when we got there today, he kept us waiting; after a while, he asked to see the Olugbon. He (Alaafin) didn’t come to see us; we were told he said he wouldn’t see us because we are notorious critics of Buhari’s government and that some of us are close to Obasanjo, who is also critical of the government.
“We were made to wait for about two and a half hours; he gave us an appointment for 11am; we got there at 11am and at about 1.30pm, that was when it was obvious to us that he wasn’t coming (to see us). But he initially asked to see the Olugbon, who went to see him for about an hour. When the Olugbon eventually came back, he said Alaafin would not see us, saying we are a group that is critical of the Buhari government and some of us are loyalists of Obasanjo.”
On whether the group’s mission to Alaafin’s palace was to discuss Sunday Igboho’s matter, the source said, “Of course, the issue (of Igboho) would come up but that was not the purpose of the visit. The issue of Igboho concerns all the Yoruba people but that was not our reason for going to him.”
On whether the group would try and book another appointment, the source said, “I don’t know; we were all surprised that a Yoruba oba can refuse to see his children on account of not wanting to be on the bad side of Buhari’s government. I would have thought that an oba is supposed to take everybody as his children, whether they are supporters of Buhari the All progressives Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party or whatever party.”
But when contacted by PUNCH, the Media Director to the Alaafin, Bode Durojaye, said the reason his principal did not see the group was because they did not have any prior appointment with him.
Durojaye said the Alaafin would be willing to entertain the group if they booked an appointment.
He said, “Those who came are men of honour and kabiyesi did not say he did not want to see them. He did not say he would not see them because they are critical of President Buhari or they are former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s men. Obasanjo himself is a friend of Kabiyesi, so you can see that what you were told was not what happened.
“Kabiyesi said he could not see them because they did not give him prior notice that they were coming. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t want to see them again. They can notify him and he will give them an appointment. You cannot just come and say you want to see him, there are protocols to follow and due process is always adhered to at Alaafin’s Palace.
“There was no rancour, no ill-feeling even when they were going; I was there and I saw them off to their vehicles. If anybody told you that kabiyesi said he didn’t want to see them because they are critical of government or they are Obasanjo’s men, that is a lie.”
NMA Reacts As Bandits Break Into, Pick Nurse At Zamfara General Hospital
Suspected bandits invaded General Hospital, Dansadau, Maru Local Government Area of Zamfara State on Friday, resulting in the abduction of a nurse and caregiver.
Residents said that immediately the men stormed the medical facility, the armed men headed to the outpatient ward in search of a doctor or nurse.
“When they couldn’t find anybody there, they started going from one ward to another. A nurse and a caregiver were abducted. They then moved to staff quarters looking for doctors and nurses but could not find any.”
“The armed criminals had earlier attempted to attack Maigoge, a community located six kilometres north of Dansadau town.
“But when they laid siege to the community, the vigilantes otherwise known as Yan Sakai firmly defended the village. The vigilante killed some of the bandits and injured several others.
“They then invaded the hospital to kidnap nurse and doctors that will treat their injured brothers in the forest.”
Maigoge is one of the few communities in Dansadau Emirate known to be firmly defending themselves against bandits.
“The staff of the facility are not carrying out night duties now. They only attend to patients at day time. They then move inside the town to spend night usually at undisclosed locations,” he added.
Meanwhile, the chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association in Zamfara state, Dr Mannir Bature, who confirmed the attack said the association is worried by the unfortunate incident.
He said they would hold an emergency state officers council meeting on Saturday.
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