Theme: Environmental Challenges: Community Engagement To Facilitate Lasting Solution
On Wednesday, September 11, 2019, Hon Temitope Adedeji Adewale representing Ifako Ijaiye Constituency 01 at the Lagos State House of Assembly hosted the maiden edition of the 9th Assembly’s Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting at the Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area Office, the NRC multi-purpose Hall on Bola Ahmed Tinubu Road, in Iju with the Theme: “Environmental Challenges: Community Engagement to facilitate Lasting Solution”.
The turnout of his constituents was huge clearly showing how much he’s loved by the people he represents. Approximately, about 350 people, young and old including the senior citizens, male and female, from different profession, trade and sectors were in attendance. The Traditional Rulers (The Kabiyesi & Baales), The transport union, students, market men/women, teachers, Community Development Associations under the auspices of the Community Development Committee of Ifako Ijaiye Local Government, Senior Media Practitioners, Representatives of many Media houses, youth association, security agents, landlords, and others were duly represented. Surprisingly, majority of party leaders as well as political office holders, both present and past, graced the event with enthusiasm.
Amongst so many stakeholders in attendance are: Hon. Dayo Saka Fafunmi, the immediate past representative of the constituency, Special Apostle Oloruntoba Oke, the Executive Chairman of Ifako Ijaiye Local Government accompanied by his Vice and Secretary to the Local Government, Hon. Usman Akanbi Hamzat and Pastor Ayo Jeje respectively. The legislative arm of the local government was led to the event by its Leader, Hon. Samuel Abiodun Akinola while members of the chairman’s Cabinet were not left out.
Others in attendance include Mrs Kofoworola Ajayi (APC West Senatorial District Women Leader), Deacon Banjo Omole (the Local Government APC Chairman), Chief Mrs Doyin Coker Ogunbiyi (The Iyaloja General for Ifako Ijaiye LG), Alhaji A. A. Onifade (the CDC Chairman), Hon. Kayode Aremo (former SLG/Vice Chairman), Hon. Gboyega Salvador (former Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor and recently appointed Chairman of Lagos Wharf Landing Revenue Agency, Representative of the Member, House of Representative, Hon. Olayinka, Pastor Samuel Olu Opajobi (President, Obawole United Forum) and Mr. Jude Udoh (President, Onibata United)
Staff of Lagos State House of Assembly present include Miss Adeola Modupe (Assistant Director, Legislative Office), Mr Tosin Samuel (Chief Legislative Officer), Williams Towofunmi (Chief Official Reporter), Mrs Kolawole Falilat (Principal Admin Officer), Mrs Buraimoh Taiwo Martins (Principal Executive Officer). From the office of Hon. Temitope Adewale at the LAHA, Mr Ganiyu Daodu, Alhaja Adelabu, Ogunnaike Yewande and Akintunde Esther were in attendance.
In his welcome address, Hon. Oloruntoba Oke thanked everyone present for their time and commitment to the development of the constituency being ably represented by Hon. Temitope Adedeji Adewale at the State House of Assembly. He narrated how the programme, STAKEHOLDERS’ MEETING, started when Hon Dayo Saka Fafunmi was still at the House of Assembly representing the constituency. He appraised the functions and activities of the LAHA and scored the house very high. He also underscores the usefulness and the positive effects it has reflected in good governance in the constituency. He urged fruitful deliberations during the interactions.
The host, Hon. Temitope Adedeji Adewale, made the event lively and memorable with his preamble to the speech for the event and also while making responses to questions asked by stakeholders to the admiration of all the people in the attendance. In his speech, Hon. Adewale reiterated the theme of the stakeholders’ meeting and the reasons for the choice of the theme.
He assured stakeholders of development that will come to the constituency due to collaborations, effective lobbying and follow ups, making specific reference to Abiola Onijemo Road which was abandoned by the immediate past administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode. This project, according to him, is nearing re-award of contract and will be extended to reconstruction of the Obawole link bridge on one hand and construction of a new bridge linking Oke Ira axis to replace the existing wood bridge. He called attention of stakeholders to rehabilitations of Iju Road which has resulted in improved traffic in the areas. Works and lobbying are ongoing on many other infrastructure projects for the constituency, he assured.
The read speech was translated to Yoruba by Gbenga Agoye for the benefit of those who may not understand English very well.
In his own speech and comments on questions by stakeholders, Hon. Dayo Saka Fafunmi reassured residents that Hon. Temitope Adedeji Adewale is in a good position to continue where he stopped. He also threw more lights in the areas touched by various speakers as related to environmental risks.
The interactive session was very rich in questions/contributions by some stakeholders and responses by the Host, Hon. Temitope Adedeji Adewale, Hon. Dayo Saka Fafunmi as well as Special Apostle Oloruntoba Oke.
Questions and contributions were made by many stakeholders too numerous to highlight here but the following will suffice as copies of submissions were submitted with the constituency personnel of the Honourable:
Principal, Iju Grammar School set the ball rolling by calling attention to the persistent dropping of refuse in front of the school and inside the drainage, especially after the collapse of the school fence, with its attendant risk to the health of over 2,000 students. Staff are not also exempted from the attendant risks, she concluded.
Alhaji Olayinka Thomas said that the creation of refuse bill dump sites has been a serious problem in the communities with indiscriminate dumping of refuse all over the places which always resulted in blocking of water ways. He suggested that the Local Government put signage DO NOT DUMP REFUSE HERE in the affected areas.
Alhaji L. A. Azeez representing Ogundimu Community, brought to the attention of the meeting the issue of canals surrounding the community. He said about six (6) years ago, the government cleared the canals but all efforts to have it repeated again have not been fruitful whereas there are always serious dangers whenever there’s heavy rain downpours.
Sunday Isaac (Aso Rock) informed the gathering that experience of those living on the other side of the railway line has never been a good thing to write home about whenever it rains and this has been seriously affecting the residents’ livelihood and even survival. Some of the affected streets by the flood are Olusesi, Oremeji, Omoniyi, Omu Iyadun and Babarinsa.
Ijaiye Housing Estate Residents Association – IHERA (Pen Cinema, Agege) president, Engineer Femi Adebayo, also discussed with serious concern drainage problems and resulting flooding in the estate and surroundings.
The event was jointly coordinated by Hon. David Olaniyi and Mr. Gbenga Agoye.