All Protocol Observed
I sincerely welcome you all yet another to another opportunity in the history of our administration, to give account of our stewardship on how we have piloted the affairs of the Local Government to the present time. Your presence at this occasion is viewed as a great honour and has equally demonstrated the high regards you hold our administration. I thank you very much for this singular honour.
About two months ago, precisely in December 2009, we gave you an account of our 365 days (one year) in office in a Town Hall Meeting held at the Council Secretariat. Today, we are rendering the account of our services beyond One Year, to include our activities in January and February 2010 respectively.
In all our plan of actions, our vision is to ensure that we deliver our electoral promises to our people. This we have pursued vigorously through various projects being implemented.
When we had our last Town Hall Meeting in December 2009, we promised that more efforts would be geared towards rehabilitating more roads.
1. A. COMPLETED PROJECTS:
PROVISION AND INSTALLATION OF 200KVA GENERATOR AT COUNCIL SECRETARIAT
RENOVATION OF 6 CLASSROOM AT UPE PRIMARY SCHOOL, 3RD AVENUE, FESTAC TOWN INCLUDING REPLACEMENT OF DAMAGED ASBESTOS ROOFING SHEET.
CONSTRUCTION OF MODERN EXOTIC BACKLIGHT SIGNBOARD
RE-ROOFING OF ADMINISTRATIVE BLOCK, 41 ROAD
REPLACEMENT OF WINDOWS OF PHC WITH ALUMINUM SLIDING ONES.
ACQUISITION OF T23 HALF ROOFED PERSONNEL CARRIER BOAT AND 2 NOS. YAMAHA 75HP OUT BOARD ENGINE.
REHABILITATION OF LEGISLATIVE BUILDING, INCLUDING PARTITIONING AND FURNISHING OF THE OFFICES.
COMPLETE RE-ROOFING OF LEGISLATIVE BLOCKS
COMPLETION OF SEPTIC TANK AT COUNCIL SECRETARIAT
REPAIR OF BOREHOLE AT MILE 2 ESTATE.
REHABILITATION OF 4TH AVENUE ROAD
PROVISION OF SUSPENDED CEILING AT PHC, FESTAC
RE-ROOFING OF PHC MILE 2
CONSTRUCTION OF 10,000 GALLONS OF WATER BOREHOLES AT SAGBOKOJI / BISHOPKOJI VILLAGE WITH TREATMENT PLANT.
RENOVATION OF PHC MILE 2
PROVISION OF INTERLOCKING STONE AT MILE 2, PHC
REHABILITATION OF 32 ROAD
Rehabilitation of 11 Road
Rehabilitation of 31 Road
Rehabilitation of 51 Road
PROVISION OF ONE (1) HIACE TOYOTA BUS FOR LEGISLATIVE ARM OF THE GOVERNMENT TO ENCOURAGE THEIR UPTIMAL PERFORMANCE.
PURCHASE OF ONE (1) TOYOTA HILLUX FOR WORKS DEPARTMENT TO ENHANCE THEIR EFFICIENCY AND PRODUCTIVITY.
PURCHASE OF 30 BRAND NEW CARS FOR COUNCIL OFFICIALS
B. ON-GOING PROJECT
REFURBISHMENT AND PROVISION OF LIBRARY FURNITURE AT 5TH AVENUE
REFURBISHMENT OF OFFICE FURNITURE, EQUIPMENT FOR VOCATIONAL CENTRE, ABULE-ADO.
CONSTRUCTION OF 1.0M X 1.0M REINFORCED DRAIN AT AKINSODE CRESCENT.
REPAIR WORK AT NYSC, EDUCATION PLANK OFFICE
REHABILITATION OF 51 ROAD
REHABILITATION OF 11 ROAD
FURNISHING OF VICE CHAIRMAN'S OFFICE
REHABILITATION OF CIRCULAR ROAD, PHASE 1, 2, AND 3
REHABILITATION OF 31 ROAD
UPGRADING OF 24 ROAD PARK
RENOVATION OF NEW TOWN PRIMARY SCHOOL, 3RD AVENUE
RENOVATION OF FESTAC PRIMARY SCHOOL, 7TH AVENUE
RENOVATION OF PROGRESS PRIMARY SCHOOL, 7TH AVENUE
RENOVATION OF 7TH AVENUE PRIMARY SCHOOL, R-CLOSE
CONSTRUCTION OF BOREHOLE AT TOMARO/IFAKO VILLAGE
CONSTRUCTION OF BOREHOLE AT ITA-AGAN/IGBO-ALEJO VILLAGE
CONSTRUCTION OF 7 OTHER 2,000 WATER CAPACITY BOREHOLES WITH TREATMENT PLANT SPREAD ACROSS THE 7 WARDS IN AMUWO ODOFIN.
CONSTRUCTION OF BOREHOLE WITH FIRE HYDRANT, AT COUNCIL SECRETARIAT
2. JOB CREATION
We have maintained our employment tempo in efforts to ensure that the structures we put in place during the tenure of our administration is sustained. Our employment opportunity were under the following arrangement:
Our Street Sweepers are engaged to sweep our roads and keep the roads clean. To achieve this goal a total number of 145 persons were engaged for this regular exercise. There is general improvement from the outlook of our roads as a result of the work of these men and women which has also provided employment for them; each of them collects N10,000 a month, while their supervisors collect N15,000 each. Their earnings goes beyond the State and Federal Government minimum wage of N7,500.
TREE PLANTERS (GREEN CLUB
The tree planting policy of Lagos State Government is replicated by our administration in our Local Government. The young men and women engaged to carry out this exercise is known as Green Club. They are to carry out the planting of trees and flowers and nurtured them within our Local Government. This equally provided employment for our young people and training in the act of horticulture as a vocation. They are paid N10,000 while their supervisors get N15,000. The numbers employed has increased from 34 to 54.
DRAIN DUCK WORKERS
The flooding of Festac was largely caused as a result of the blocked drainage. Mechanical equipment were employed to clean up the drainages and in efforts to sustain the maintenance, 32 men were engaged for that purpose to allow free flow of water through the appropriate channels. This provided employment for these men. They are paid N13,000 each while their supervisors collect N15,000 and a major retired staff of FHA among them collects N20,000
We engaged Street Protectors/Defenders to clear weeds, bushes along the medians and walkways to keep our environment clean. Total number of 45 persons (men and women) were engaged to carry out that responsibility.
CLEANERS FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The outlook of our public schools called for concern and in order to maintain a clean environment conducive for studies, 66 persons (2 cleaners and One Gardner per school) were engaged to clean the 22 public schools in Amuwo Odofin Local Government and to further ensure that the schools are kept clean at all times. This has aided in reducing unemployment for our people.
MAN ‘O’ WAR
Young men and women were engaged to serve as Man ‘O’ War in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Council with the responsibility of assisting in the enforcement environmental and other legal breaches within our local government. 36 persons were employed for these activities.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OFFICERS
In order to sustain our campaign for healthier environment, 18 persons were engaged as Environmental Health Officers. Their responsibilities among others, includes the monitoring and enforcement of our environmental laws to ensure that our environment are kept clean.
In addition, 7 health attendants were employed to complement the efforts of the Environmental Health Officers. This brings the number of employees attached to environment to 25.
Presently we have in our employment Seven (7) doctors managing our primary health cares which we consider inadequate, 6 doctors to One doctor we met at our inception. We are making frantic efforts to increase the number of the doctors to 10 to be able to sustain 24 hours service at our PHCs at Festac and Mile 2.
We engaged a resident Doctor for our Igbologun Health Centre, Riverine areas. All necessary modern facilities that aid social life, were provided in the 2 bedroom flat that was rented as accommodation for him.
This was to the doctor as an incentive to ensure that our people at riverine area receive Good Primary Health Care.
We also employed 2 pharmacists to strengthen the running of our Primary Health Care at Festac and Mile 2.
Community Health Workers were employed to complement the efforts of our Nurses to cope with the increased numbers of hours of services offered by our PHC at Festac and Mile 2.
PROVISION OF BOOKS, DESKS/BENCHES AND WRITING MATERIALS
This present administration believes in the power of knowledge. There have been large drifts from public schools to private schools due largely to presumed inadequacies in public schools, especially due to lack of infrastructures and writing materials. In order to encourage a return to public schools, which we believe have more qualified teachers that could impart knowledge, we initiated a process of producing exercise books for pupils in public schools in all the primary schools in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area. We have distributed 20 exercise books (10 each of 40 and 60 leaves) to the 22 primary schools in the Local Government. A total number of 220,000 exercise books were produced for that purpose.
Other writing materials distributed with the exercise books includes Pencil, Sharper and Eraser: 840 in number were given to pupils in Nursery schools; Ruler, Pencil, Pen numbering 2,460 were distributed to pupils in Primary 1 to Primary 3; and Pen, Ruler, Mathematical Instruments number 2,780 were distributed to pupils in Primary 4 to 6. All these materials were Amuwo Odofin Local Government branded.
Furthermore, we have sought for approval from the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for production of 2,000 Desks and Benches for pupils which we have got samples. As soon as approval is obtained, the production would be completed and distributed within short interval.
PROVISION OF UNIFORMS
Two sets of uniforms per each child in the public primary schools were made and distributed. A total number of uniforms made for distribution are 13,380 pieces.
AWARD OF SCHOLARSHIP
The Local Government Awarded a scholarship to Miss Amakor Chidera, the winner of Lagos State Primary School Category of Spelling BEE 2009 Competition. The Scholarship was initiated to encourage hard work and recognize merit. It will also spur the pupils and students to taking adventures that would expose them to discovering their talents.
We can assure you that our administration would always reward hard-work and Excellence.
PROVISION OF JAMB AND GCE FORMS
We have noticed the problems associated with admission to Nigerian Universities as well as sitting for the West African School Certificates examinations. Many students are unable to write the exams because of their inability to meet up with the financial requirements. We have therefore decided to assist these students, especially the indigent ones among us. We purchased 500 JAMB and 600 GCE Forms which were distributed free, with free tutorial to adequately prepare them for these examinations.
We also organized a Sponsored Film show for Literature Students titled “Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth and the Lord of Rubs” towards the preparation of students for GCE exams for 2009.
We were encouraged by the results so far received from the beneficiaries of these gestures. We therefore have purchased 500 JAMB forms, which would be distributed today to further encourage the indigents ones among us.
The state of infrastructures in public schools tells a lot story of neglect in those institutions. The schools were totally in a state of disrepair. My administration has taken steps to correct these anomalies. We have taken up some measures to improve the situation. The steps taken are as follows:
- Construction of a Block of 6 Classrooms at Igbologun Primary School which have been completed.
- Renovated UPE Primary School at 3rd Avenue, Festac Town including replacement of damaged Asbestos Roofing sheet.
- Renovation of 12 out of 22 Primary schools in our Local Government.
LIBRARY AND VOCATIONAL CENTRES
There is dearth of reading among Nigerians especially our youths. In order to encourage a culture of reading zeal, we have taking steps to renovate the Library at 5th Avenue and as soon as renovation is completed, we will equip the library with modern books that would be beneficial to readers.
In the same manner, the Vocational Centre at Ado Soba is being renovated and upgraded. We recognise the ability of every individual and equally believe that everybody cannot go to Universities etc. The Vocational Centres after the completion of its renovation and upgrading will take care of our people
who will want to acquire knowledge on vocational occupation.
ORGANIZATION OF EDUCATIONAL SUMMIT
As a result of the decay in our educational system and our quest to reverse the trend, we organised Educational Summit to brainstorm to identify the causes of the drift and proffering solutions to remedy situation. At this summit Educationist were invited and discuss and prepare a blue print that will help to develop our educational sector. This has assisted us in small way in our present policy in Education within the Local Government.
RELATIOHSHIP WITH TEACHERS
Our administration has also looked critically into the area of providing our public schools with the number of teachers required to make teaching more convenient for the teachers. We have held meetings with the Authorities in charge of Primary Schools in Amuwo Odofin with a view to getting the necessary statistics that would provide for adequate teachers in our primary schools. We are collaborating with the concerned authorities to accomplish this dream.
As part of the development of our teachers, IT Training was organized to make every teacher in Amuwo Odofin Computer literate and acquire knowledge about information technology for e-learning.
We shall continue to liaise with the authorities in charge of Primary Education in our Local Government in order to ensure that our schools meet the minimum standard expected of a modern school and this will include training and retraining of our teachers and provision of infrastructures to meet the ever growing standard in the present modern education.
4. HEALTH MANAGEMENT
One of the areas we made our electoral promises to our people, was on health management. We promised free medical treatment in our Primary Health Centres for children, pregnant women, old people and treatment of Malaria. In order to make this possible, our health centres have to be equipped and upgraded with the required equipment and personnel that will carry out these services.
PROVISION OF MEDICAL FACILITIES
Medical Equipments were purchased to upgrade the PHC at Mile 2 and Festac during the Mini Health Mission of the Local Government held to mark the Lagos State Health Mission in June 2009. These equipments have further enhanced the performance of our PHC in meeting up their responsibilities to patients.
60 First Aid Boxes were procured and distributed to Government Institutions, Schools, Police Station, Traditional Rulers, Motor Parks, our Field Engineers et al.
A Toyota Hiace Ambulance was purchased to assist our PHC to meet the challenges of mobility in time of needs.
Another Ambulance was also acquired through the Local Government partnering with the Federal Ministry of Health assisted programme.
Through partnering with non-governmental organizations, an Incubator was donated to PHC Mile 2 by the Rotary Club of Nigeria, Festac District.
200 Packs were procured and distributed to pregnant women in June 2009.
GENERAL HEALTH PROGRAMME
Deworming exercise was carried out in Amuwo Odofin Local
Government which was the programme of the 1st Lady, Her Excellency, Mrs. Ambibola Fashola on 6th February, 2009. The target group was Primary School pupils in Festac Town. Over 6,506 pupils were dewormed.
IMMUNIZATION OF CHILDREN AGAINST POLIO AND MEASLES
The Local Government actively participate in carrying out exercises of mass immunization of children against polio and Missiles which are some of the most deadly diseases that induce high infant mortality rate. The Polio Immunization were carried in this order: 1st Round in January, 2nd & 3rd Round in March, 4th Round in May and 5th Round in July, 2009. In all these programmes, over 110% were recorded. Essential drugs were purchased and distributed at all the PHCs.
SCREENING OF ELDERS FOR PROSTATE CANCER
The Local Government carried out free screening exercise for Prostate Cancer on elders of Amuwo Odofin residents. In November 2008, over 450 persons were screened, 23 cases of suspected Cancer had Biopsy done at LASUTH through the efforts of our Local Government. We carried out a participatory Free Breast Cancer Screening and Awareness in Badagry in June 2009 . Total of 198 women participated in the programme.
AMBULANCE BOAT MEDICAL SERVICES
Health programme was carried at Sagbokoji in February 2009 through an Ambulance Boat medical Service. Free Glasses, Free treatment and Immunization were rendered.
SCREENING FOR HYPERTENSION AND DIABETES
We carried out in March 2009, a free screening of Hypertensive and Diabetes patients. Total number of 2,912 persons were screened.
DENTAL HEALTH PROGRAMME
Dental Health programme was carried out in April 2009 for pupils and students in Primary and Secondary schools respectively. Scaling, Polishing and Tooth Extraction services were rendered.
ANTI-FAKE DRUG CAMPAIGN PROGRAME
We carried out Anti-Fake Drug Campaign programme. Talk show, Health Education and Almanac were distributed to 450 participants that attended the programme.
OUTREACH PROGRAMME FOR MEDICAL CHECK UP
Free medical check up exercise was carried out at Sabo Koji Primary Health Centre targeting our people at the riverine who are not usually privileged to carry out medical check up as frequently required to keep health condition stable.
WORLD MALARIA DAY PROGRAMME
In May 2009, we participated in the World Malaria Day programme in Tomaro in Riverine community and environs. Free drugs, mosquito net (LLITN) were distributed and testing of malaria parasite and treatment were carried out.
CHILD HEALTH WEEK AND BREAST FEEDING WEEK.
Our administration participated in the week long Child Health Week and Breast Feeding Week held throughout Lagos State.
PARTNERING WITH OTHER HEALTH RELATED COMPANIES.
- Our administration is partnering with Profice Specialties Limited, a Pharmacy firm to operate a Pharmacy Shop within the Council secretariat and drugs are sold at discounted rate of 10%.
- We are also partnering with El-Lab Laboratories Limited who offer laboratory services within our PHC Mile 2. All services rendered are discounted at the rate of 10%.
- We are equally partnering with Sum Laboratory Limited who offer Laboratory Services within our PHC at Festac. The services are offered at a discounted rate of 10%.
- We are also partnering with Marion Gold Initiatives Limited to build a Health Care Centre within the Local Government Area and approval has been given for the allocation of site for the construction.
They were to provide free medical services for children, and
prostrate cancer and Diabetes patients in Amuwo Odofin Local Government.
5. INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION
HOSTING OF WEBSITE
A Website “www.amuwo-odofin.gov.ng” was hosted by our administration which could be accessed all over the world, for the purpose of information sharing, networking, publicity of our programmed and for easy accessibility of our activities by our people.
ESTABLISHMENT OF NEWSPAPER
In order to enhance effective communication and dissemination of information to our people, particularly Amuwo Odofin residents, a publishing outfit was established to be managed as an independent organ within the local government. The Newspaper named ‘Amuwo Herald’ has published its maiden edition 2nd edition having eight people working day in day out. There have also been regular interactions with the Media and Press Releases on National issues.
COMPUTERISATION OF RECORDS
Our administration laid more emphasis on record keeping in upholding our cherished virtue of transparency and accountability. Every department and unit of the Local Government is equipped with modern computer system for proper management of information and records keeping. Precisely, our administration acquired 14 Laptop for HODs and Heads of Units, while 10 Desktop computers were procured for Supervisors and other units, outside the ones provided by Oceanic Bank in partnering with the Local Government under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
ENGAGEMENT OF IT CONSULT:
An IT Consultant was engaged for the maintenance of our information system and education of members of staff to attain Computer literacy and in preparation towards e-governance in our Local Government.
BRANDED CAMRY CAR FOR PRESS CREW.
The provision of the media department with official car was aimed at encouraging the department in their tasks of covering events and achieve high level of efficiency. The Press Crew were made up of 7 persons with good remuneration.
AUTOMATIC BRANCH EXCHANGE (PABX)
The installation of Intercom (PABX) facilities that linked all the offices of the Local Government was aimed at facilitating ease communication among the staff of the Local Government. The improvement on flow of information has contribute tremendously in the effective management of information in the Local Government.
ORGANIZATION OF ECONOMIC SUMMIT
Economic Summit was organized in February 2009 to brain storm and create awareness on economic potentials in Amuwo Odofin Local Government with a view to attracting investors to invest in any ventures in the Local Government as well as partnering with the Local Government in any investment opportunities that might be beneficial to the people of the community. The summit served as an eye opener and the post result of the summit was quite appreciative.
6. SECURITY OF LIFE AND PROPERTY
DONATION OF PATROL VEHICLE
The Local Government purchased Two Patrol Hillux Ford cars which was donated to the Nigeria Police, Festac Town to strengthen their activities in crime control. This will no doubt contribute positively to effective performance of the command.
PROVISION OF MOTOR CYCLES TO SUPPORT SECURITY ACTIVITIES
Our administration provided 10 Motor Cycles worth N1 million to the Nigeria Police Force and Nigerian Army. 5 Motorcycle were given to the Nigeria Police Force and the remaining 5 were given to Operation MESA of the Nigerian Army. This is in support of the efforts of the security agents in keeping our environment crime free.
PROVISION OF 180 CLOSE USER GROUP HAND SETS (VPN)
Our administration provided 80 close user group hand sets to security operatives, market leaders, resident association leaders, community leaders, religious leaders, NATA, NURTW etc for dissemination of information as relates to security matters. This will help in raising alert and reaching the necessary security operatives when the need arises, which will also help in curbing crimes.
Our administration purchased 50 Raincoats which were distributed between the Police, and the Army within our Local Government. The Raincoats was to encourage the security agents to carry out their duties unhindered during the
We have been having regular monthly meetings with the Security Operatives, under the auspices of Peace and Security Meeting. This is to create peaceful cooperation and have a common front in fighting crimes within the Local Government.
7. ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS
When our administration came into office, we discovered that almost all the drainages in Festac Town were blocked. We made concerted efforts in clearing the drainages to allow for free flow of water through the channels to the canal. We have been able to carry out the clearing of drainages in our Local Government successful. However, drainages are reoccurring issues. We constitute to clean up the drainages and we appeal to our people to stop indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the drainages.
We discovered that our markets were partly dirty and having noted that the market is predominately used for perishable foods items which are daily consumed by our people, we have to intervene and carry out extensive fumigation to get rid of infectious diseases that may contaminate the foods largely consumed by our people as a way sanitizing the environment.
REMOVAL OF STRUCTURES THAT OBSTRUCT THE HIGHWAYS
We carried out the removal of structures that obstruct the highways at 1st Gate, Agboju, Alakija, Abule Ado, Alakoso, and the Mile 2 Area.
In the process, we were able to reorganize and relocate the Okada and NAPEP operators to ensure free movement of traffic and for better coordination thereby sanitizing our environment.
TREE PLANTING AND BEAUTIFICATION
In line with the State Government Policy on tree/flower planting and beautification, our administrations have been able to carry out this exercise and provided 30 nos. 500 litres of water tank for watering the flowers. Beautification and tree planting exercise were carried out at the following areas:
3rd Gate of Festac Town
Cut of 200 over grown trees that were destroying the kerbs and replanted 1,250 in replacement.
During the 2009 Tree planting of Lagos State , 600 trees were planted at Eko Akete.
ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANESS AND ENFORCEMENT
Amuwo Odofin Local Government has persistently conducted environmental sanitation exercise and will continue to do until our people imbibe the culture of cleanliness devoid of coercion.
The Environmental Unit of the Council has been supported with One (1) Hillux Pickup to effectively carry out this exercise.
2 Motorized Street Sweeping machine were engaged to expand the areas being cleaned regularly in order to sustain clean environment for our community.
22 Steel constructed and branded Dust-bin were purchased and evenly distributed across the Local Government Area.
Swanbiggie Machine was purchased for the cleaning of our draianages.
The Local Government is embracing the Rural Transportation Programme of Lagos State Government known as LARUTI. There has been consultation with the Okada Riders Association, Tricycle Riders Association on the modalities of the operation of the LARUTI within Amuwo Odofin Local Government.
- We are also partnering with Hergbo Nigeria Limited, in partner with other private sectors in expanding the programme. The company will float a fleet of branded vehicles for the take-off of the project.
- Amuwo Odofin Local Government launched her i-taxi under a partnership arrangement with i-trans Logistics, the operators which would also be structured under the Local Government LARUTI operations.
We purchased a T23 half roofed personnel carrier boat and 2 nos. Yamaha 75HP outboard engines. This is to boost transportation in the riverine areas and reduce transport difficulties encountered by our people at the riverine, especially our school pupils.
We are holding discussion with Peak Bank & Company who have shown interest in building modern jetties and boats for water transportation with the riverine communities of the Local Government. We are further discussing the integration of Scholar boats for students in the plan of the company.
We have had discussion with the Lagos state Ferry Service with the view to partnering with the corporation for effective water transportation.
9. SPORTS AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
Amuwo Odofin Local has great youths that are enthusiastic in sports. You will recall that PLANNERS Football Club of Amuwo Odofin won the MTN Street Soccer in Lagos State in 2008.
In appreciation of the efforts of the boys, the Local Government gave $300 (Three hundred dollars) to each of the Eleven Players who took part in the competition who were on their way to Brazil on sponsorship.
In 2009 competition of the Street Soccer, the Planners came 3rd in Lagos State. We gave our support to them during the competition.
We are carrying out the renovation of Sporting Centre at 24 Road, A Close, known as 'Suky'. When completed it will be used for Basket ball, handball, Lawn tennis and football.
We have also identified another sporting centre at 512 road, known as Stone Field which we are discussing with Skye Bank Plc for the renovation.
Our administration has supported various youth’s programmes, including capacity building, skill enhancement, interactive talk shops, Carnivals et al.
The Legislative Arms of the Government has been working hard to formulate legislation for good governance in Amuwo Odofin Local Government and its people. Some Bye-Laws have been made as follows:
New Revenue Rate,
Public and Environmental Nuisance,
Prohibition of Street trading,
Safety and Live Jacket Usage,
Commercial Bus Regulation,
Prohibition of Motor Cycle Driving Against Traffic,
Parking on Setback and Sidewalk
Town Hall Meetings at various Wards and seminars had been held to getting the people aware of the new laws.
We have also gotten a Brand New Toyota Hiace IV-Tech. at the cost of N4 million, Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira for smooth transportation of our legislators.
Also they have gone on various seminars, training and talk shops.
11. MARKET DEVELOPMENT
Our administration also discovered that the market currently existing at Agboju was an illegal one and we have been consulting with the traders and holding meetings on how to relocate them.
The process of filling the proposed 6th Avenue international market for relocation of other Markets, especially Agboju Market has been going on for quite sometime now. We have discovered that it needs greater task to get the place ready. The relocation process is ongoing and as soon as the place is ready, the traders would be moved and the present Agboju market and other illegal market will cease to exist.
We have had similar discussions with the Mechanics who have also accepted to relocate to the proposed 6th Avenue Market. The proposed market at 6th Avenue is being gradually shaped, especially with the mopped up sands from the Street Sweepers which are used to make an inroad into the market.
We are presently collaborating with all the Stakeholders on the proposed market to ensure that desired results are achieved in good time. It is our view that by the time the market would have been completed, a standard modern market that would accommodate all the traders and artisans would have been built.
We have recently signed an agreement with a developer to build Alhaja Abibatu Mogaji for the construction of Ultra Modern Market at Agboju.
The structure of market to be built by Council presently has to be a modern market and would conform with the standard of market structure as recommended by Lagos State. Therefore any future market development shall conform with that standard.
We have visited Aroso Market and have discussed with the Traders there. The market need restructuring and upgrading to a modern standard market. When we are ready, we shall sit with all the stakeholders to ensure that the reconstruction is done without rancour.
12.1. CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
It is our collective views that the development of Amuwo Odofin Local Government cannot be left in the hand of government alone. We strongly believe in the roles played by corporate organizations and individuals in providing services to the people.
We consulted extensively with the corporate organizations that operate within Amuwo Odofin Local Government to explore ways where we can partner to provide services to the people of the Local Government under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). In doing so, we are mindful of the limited resources which confront corporate organizations as a result of global economic recession and meltdown.
However, we equally believe that a little drop of water can make a mighty ocean. In our relationship with Corporation Citizens in Amuwo Odofin Local Government, the underlisted CSR were achieved.
The Council Secretariat was painted by Afribank Plc and the Council wears a new look, better than what we met on assumption of Office. They also agreed to renovate the council in stages.
The Bank also provided 18 Ceiling fans for the various offices in the council.
Oceanic Bank Plc provided Two Computer facilities to assist in enhancing the modern processing of information in the Local Government. This has largely improved work efficiency of members of staff.
BSS FURNITURE AND SECURITY
This company provided Bullet Proof Door to the entrance door housing The Chairman’s Office, Vice Chairman’s Office, The Council Manager’s
Office, the council Chamber, the Office of the Secretary to the Local Government, Transport Unit, and Information Unit et al. This is made to protect and secure properties of the Council in these Offices.
WESTERN BLOCKS & INTERLOCKING COMPANY
This company is carrying out Landscaping of the Council Secretariat in an effort to add value and creativity to the fiscal outlook of the Secretariat.
This company lightened up 23 Road, Festac Town as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to the Community.
They lightened up 21 Road, Festac Town as part of their contributions to the Community Development.
In efforts to ensure that corporate organization in our Local Government contributed within their means to the development of the community where they carry out their businesses, we held meetings with the Bankers which result was establishment of Bankers Forum.
Under this arrangement, we are discussing with Skye Bank Plc for Upgrading of Basket Ball / Valley Pitch and 322 Park to a Football
Collaborated with the Local Government to upgrade our PHC at Festac Town. Field. The bank has requested for BOQ and work will soon start on those sites.
DIAMOND BANK PLC
In implementing the decisions reached at the Bankers Forum, Diamond Bank 4th Avenue, Festac Town branch is to rehabilitate 4th Avenue, particularly the areas within their operation.
- The Amuwo Odofin Branch at Alakoso is also to beautify their area as a way of building conducive environment for the community people.
12. SUPPORTING CIVIL SOCIETY PROGRAMMES
We recognized the role played by Civil Society Organizations as the watch-dog of the society. We equally believe in capacity building, advocacy work, skill acquisition, education of our people on fundamental human rights and other programmes that the civil society engage to better the life of our people.
In demonstrating our practical believe in the work of civil society, we have cause to support some of these programmes viz: HIV/AIDS Programme of United Nations of Youth Network Nigeria, Violent Against Women programme of Dr. Awosika,
Global Alert for Defence of Youth and the Less Privilege, 3rd Beko Ransome-Kuti Memorial Anniversary, Beko Rights Club, Amuwo Odofin Youth Forum, June 12 and Stakeholders Coalition Anniversary 2009, School Buggie Programme for
Independent Day, Integral Event programme of World Poverty Alleviation Day,Centre for Constitutional Governance Programme on Poverty Alleviation tagged “Stand Up for Poverty” et al.
The Local Government participated in 3rd Phase of Agricultural Development in Lagos State called FADAMA III. The objectives of this project is to promote agricultural practice through support farmers, Fishermen, Agricultural processors and Marketers among others. It is a programme target at reducing poverty through agricultural practice.
The Local Government have within her stock, 250 bags of Fertilizers for distribution to Farmers. This is in support of the National Programme on Food Security.
The Local Government is partnering with Spinal Cord Injuries Association of Nigeria (SCIAN) in agriculture. SCIAN would provide parcel of land while the Local Government would carry out the planting of farm products and products would be
shared according to terms of agreement reached by both parties. This is in efforts to produce farm produces for feeding the community.
We have often stressed that we need a lot of funds to be able to attend to the needs of our administration in order to entrench good governance beneficial to the people. We cannot achieve that without a good revenue base.
It is imperative that we have to contribute our quota by paying whatever rate applicable to us promptly in order to realize money to implement our budget.
In this regard, One Toyota Hiace IV-Tech. revenue bus at the cost of Four million Seven Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N4,750,000) for revenue drive. We need more in order to cover the areas we intended to generate revenue from. All these will cost a lot of money.
Jingle announcement was made for the education of our people on the attitude of wrong parking of vehicles, Okada and trucks that constitute environmental hazards on our highways. This was meant to dissuade our people from the previous attitude of causing road obstruction.
Jingle announcement was made for the education of people bringing long vehicles like heavy duty trucks into Festac. Those who fail to comply with these directives always have their vehicles impounded and made to carry out community work as penalty.