I welcome you all to this great opportunity to boost our wealth. I say so because the present administration in Amuwo Odofin Local Government had always canvassed for a unique kind of wealth that is founded on health.
For this purpose I will like to use this medium to thank the Lagos state government, presently led by our amiable, selfless, indefatigable, and action governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), for deciding to present us with this opportunity amongst the 57 local governments and LCDA’s in Lagos state.
As is always said breakthrough comes when opportunity meets preparedness; hence, I consider what is happening here today as a significant breakthrough not only in health, but equally in credible governance as a whole.
And I have the entire good people of Amuwo Odofin to thank for their preparedness to maximize this ample opportunity presented to them by the state government.
As a philosopher once put it, ‘’the health of a people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.’’
This truism underlies the priorities of this administration on health matters, with a vision to empower families through the removal of health burden, with special interest in quality primary health care delivery service, since its inception in 2008.
Three years I stand boldly before you today, to state with all sense of modesty, that going by available records, no administration had pursued primary health care with the zeal, passion, and commitment of this administration in the entire history of Amuwo – Odofin local government.
Certainly this position can not be punctured given the verifiable facts on ground, for instance the rehabilitation of four well-equipped and functional primary health care centres, which include the Festac PHC, Mile II PHC, Sagbokodji PHC, Igbolokun PHC; we have increased the number of doctors from 1, which we met on ground to 21; running a comprehensive health policy which allows for free drugs to the vulnerable age group i.e. from 0-16 & 60 above, with the budget for this health programme recently increased by 100%; engaged the organized private sector in a public/private partnership initiatives to take care of medical diagnosis and drug dispensing, for this purpose we have El-Lab and Sums Diagnostics handling the former, and Profice Pharmaceuticals handling the latter; running of a 24-hour ambulance and health service; provision of a utility Caravan vehicle; sponsored several free tests on terminal diseases, e.g. prosthesis, cancer, etc. financed the treatment of severe health cases like N1m for kidney transplant to Oluwatomilayo Mayowa Fakeye, N.5m to treat a hole in the heart for baby Munachi Okpara, A N.3m to offset the bill for a 27 week old premature Baby, Kalejaye, N3m for heart surgery to Baby Adekoya in India, etc. distribution of free delivery and baby kits; and a host of others too numerous to mention.
Today, our health centres have attended to a cumulative total of 64, 286 people.
Distinguished, I dare say that despite our huge and visible investment in primary health care, we have also impacted meaningfully on other sectors, for instance, we have renovated 17 of our 20 existing primary schools while work is going on in the rest, built a school at the riverine, rehabilitated 13 roads in Festac Town, and of course not forgetting the 1,349m long by 8m wide Circular road at Mile 2 Low cost Housing, constructed with 50mm-thick asphalt and 300mm-thick stone base also we constructed 15 modern toilets with boreholes and treatment plants, and 6KVA Generator to power the plants.
The local government has a total of 843 non-pensionable staff in its pay roll; it has planted well over 4,000 trees of various species, empowered the youths through skill acquisition trainings, improved staff welfare, etc.
At this juncture I will like to once again express my profound gratitude to the Executive Governor of Lagos state for the giant stride the state government has taken so far to improve the living conditions of Lagosians.
I am proud to say here today that our beloved governor is the barometer by which the performances of other governors in the country are measured.
Your Excellency, we are committed at the grass root level to follow suit, so that the progressive and people-oriented agenda of the state will percolate through our society.
I must also thank our visionary national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the opportunity he has given us to serve our people, and his resolute stand by party.
Permit me to end my speech with a piece of advice to you all: make wise use of this opportunity provided by the Eko Free health Mission which will last for 5 days commencing from today, as it is a blessing in a life time.
Don’t also forget Saturday, 22nd October, 2011, when we will be required to come out en masse to fulfill our civic responsibility, to vote in credible government, and a continuation of vision and actualization. Of course you all know that to achieve this means voting for ACN all through.
Eko oni baaje ooo!
Thank you and God Bless.
Comrade Ayodele Adewale