ALL PROTOCOLS OBSERVED.
I welcome you all to the formal distribution of another free GCE forms to students of Amuwo-Odofin Local Government. Your presence is a sign of your support in our activities.
This gesture is in fulfillment of one of the promises made by this administration upon assumption in office to make education the first priority. Education is perceived by this administration is the only equalizer.
In retrospect, this same gesture was carried out last year. In 2009, we distributed free 600 GCE forms and 500 Jamb forms to indigent students. Also, at early part of this year, 500 Jamb forms were equally distributed.
We are not just distributing these forms; we will also organize a free tutorial for the students, hoping they will explore this opportunity optimally. Your optimal performance will be highly appreciated, because it will serve as a propelling force for this administration to do more for you.
Aside the distribution of free forms, we have invested our resources in other area of education. similarly, at Igbologun, we demolished the dilapidated structure and rebuilt a block of class room, while other schools such UPE School, 3rd Avenue; New Town Primary School, 3rd Avenue; 512 Road Primary School 41 Road; 7th Avenue (D-Close) Primary School; Progress Primary School R Close, 7th Avenue R-Close; AUD Primary School, Ado-Soba; Central Primary School, 5th Avenue; 2nd Avenue Primary School, 23/24 Road; Ideal Primary School, 3rd Avenue have been renovated.
We have distributed 220,000 Exercise Books and 13,380 Uniforms to Public Primary Schools in the Local Government; while 44 Cleaners and 20 Lawn Managers have been employed to maintain the schools’ environment.
Just recently, we organized a first-of-its-kind Education Summit in Lagos State. As part of the Summit, select recommended literature texts namely: Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth and the Lord of the Flies - for senior secondary schools in Lagos State, were shown to students to prepare them for the 2009 Nov / Dec GCE Examinations. We also built 15 ultra-modern toilets with boreholes and treatment plant in our schools.
Also in 2009, Amuwo Odofin Local won the Spelling B competition in Primary Category, represented by Chidera Amakor. The Local Government in honouring her excellent performance offered her Scholarship to complete her primary education.
Other sectors in the local government are not left out. In the health sector, We have embarked on the rehabilitation of all the Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs). At present, all the Four (4) PHCs at FESTAC, Mile 2, Igbologun, and Sagbokoji have been upgraded to standard, furnished and fitted with modern equipment. Modern building materials such as aluminum sliding windows, suspended ceiling, Tiles, Flat Screen TV were provided. Festac PHC was partly done with the support of IBTC Bank Plc on the principle of Corporate Social Responsibility. Mile 2 PHC was completely renovated and upgraded with interlocking stones, suspended ceiling, and a complete re-roofing was done. Same was done at Igbologun and Sabokoji PHCs. Currently, both PHCs at FESTAC and Mile 2 offer 24 hours services to patients.
The Local Government has also partnered with Profice Nigeria Limited, a pharmaceutical firm, which now operates a pharmacy within the Council’s secretariat at a discounted rate of 10% for every drug sold, while children from 0 – 16yrs and senior citizens of 60yrs and above are given drugs free. Non-pensionable staff of the local government is also given treatment and free drugs.
We are also partnering with El- Lab Laboratories Ltd and Sums Laboratory Ltd to offer laboratory services to residents at 10% discount. we have engaged the services of 8 Corper doctors and 5 doctors to complement the effort of the only doctor that had been serving the four PHC in the Local Government.
Under Infrastructure, we have rehabilitated 2nd, 5th, 7th Avenues and 6th Avenue link road, while 31, 32, 51, 52, 71, 11, 41 roads and 3rd gate were completely resurfaced, parts of 4th Avenue and 23 road have been rehabilitated, while the rehabilitation of 21, 72 and 24 roads are on-going. To protect these roads from wearing out, our administration as a matter of policy has banned heavy duty trucks and containers from plying the roads. Although at the initial stage it was difficult for the heavy duty trucks owners to comply with this instruction, but now, our instruction is being adhered to.
Still on road construction, we have completed the construction of the Circular road phase 1, 2 and 3 at the Amuwo Odofin Low Cost Housing Estate, Mile 2. The road shall be commissioned alongside the newly constructed 1-storey Administrative block and staff canteen. The administrative block has 22 office spaces and equipped with conveniences, Close Circuit Television (CCTV) and wire. We have engaged the services of 3 supervisors, 21 drain dockers, 6 grass cutters, 3 dumper drivers, 1 tipper driver, 8 dumper loaders and 3 tipper loaders who ensure the maintenance and regular clearing of refuse and drainages to de-flood the areas; we have planted 2,500 trees to cut down carbon emission and planted flowers for beautification of our environment; fumigated markets; engaged the services of 2 motorized Street Sweeping Machines, to keep our environment clean; provided a Hillux Vehicle to improve Environmental Unit performance; provided 30 tanks of 500 litres of water to support the watering of our plants; provided 22 Dust-Bins which were distributed to all parts of the Local Government; purchased a Hiace Bus for the Environmental Department for enforcement of environmental laws; Purchased 5 Lawnmowers for cutting of our flowers; purchased a swamp buggy to open blocked drainages and two dumpers to cart away refuse.
Also, this administration has employed over 480 non-pensionable staff into various units / departments in the local government they include staff in the office of the Executive Chairman and Vice Chairman, information, vocational training centre, cleaners / gardeners, drain docks (in-charge of cleaning the drains and gutters), Green Club (for tree planting and nurturing trees), Street Sweepers (cleaning the streets and mopping up sand).; Mar ‘O’ War (for enforcement of environmental laws), health (Nurses, Community Health Extension Workers; Environmental Health Officers, 1 Health consultant, 1 Engineering consultant
Further, our administration has been able to mobilize youth within and outside this local government through the 2009 FESTAC FIESTA. The fiesta was intended to encourage talent discovery among the youth.
Also, this year Children’s Day was organized in a grand style. We celebrated it with Tosin Jegede (a foremost 1986 kid musical star) Foundation and Baba Dee (an international music star). The programme featured some entertainment stars such as Faze, Black Face, Sound Sultan, and Jeffery Daniels, an international recognized music star from America, who is known with a popular group called Shalama. He taught Michael Jackson how to perform the Moon walk dance. These Artistes in collaboration with this Local Government, helped our children expressed their God’s given talents through drama presentation, fashion parade, painting, singing, and other entertainments.
We shall be organizing the 1st Miss Amuwo Beauty Pageant that will be coming up on September 18, 2010 at this same venue. In Amuwo Odofin, we saw the need to celebrate the beauty and talents of our youth in order to give them sense of belonging, bearing in mind that government exists at the pleasure of the people.
On this note, we are prepared to present the winner of the contest a brand new KIA Picanto Car with driver’s allowance; HITV decoder with 6 months subscription and 12 months allowance. The tenure of the emerging winner—Miss Amuwo shall be for 12 months.
We shall also give consolation prizes such Flat screen TV, Home Theatre, Beauty Products, mobile phones to other contestants to encourage them.
We want to enjoin you not see this opportunity as one those things. An opportunity lost cannot be regained. Be studious, smart, and a goal getter in your academic pursuit.
The government has done its own part by giving out free GCE and Jamb forms; rehabilitate our public primary schools; distribution of free writing materials for our pupils; distribute school uniforms. We have also, maintained a clean environment by employing 44 cleaner and 20 lawn managers.
While it is the responsibility of the parents to impact moral teachings like maintaining a simple hygiene. They should make sure their children read their books, do their homework, and encourage them to be creative.
Please join hands with this administration to banish ignorance from our land. And the only antidote for ignorance is education. The onus is now on the government, parents, and most importantly, the student.
If any member of this tripartite arrangement declined, then the future of this country is threatened. It is threatened because the youths and children serve as the transition vehicle between two generations. And if they were not educated, there would be no smooth transition.
Quoting an English man, “a word is enough for the wise” be wise and secure your future. Be a good ambassador of your parents and community.
We sincerely appreciate the presence of our Community Leaders, Religious Leaders, Royal Fathers, Council Staff, and other guest for coming to witness this occassion. Despite your tight schedule, you still create time for us. Thanks in a million.
We pledge to continue embarking on people’s oriented project like this.
Long live Nigeria!
Long live Lagos State!
Long live Amuwo-Odofin!
Eko oni baje o.
Comrade Ayodele Adewale
Executive Chairman of Amuwo-Odofin LGA.