ALL PROTOCOLS RIGHTLY OBSERVED
I welcome you to the 2010 World Children’s Day celebration. I feel honoured to be part of the history of Amuwo-Odofin as the first mayor of this Local Government to organize an educative, informative, and capacity building programme for our children.
This year Children’s Day is being celebrated with Tosin Jegede Foundation and Baba Dee to mark the difference. Today’s programme will be featuring some entertainment stars like Faze, Jeffery Daniels, Black Face, and Sound Sultan. They shall in collaboration with this Local Government, help our children express their God’s given talents through drama presentation, fashion parade, painting, singing, and other entertainments.
I want you to understand my position that the Children’s Day celebration is not just a day to gather parents and children to be entertained. It should also be a day and a forum where our educational sector is being assessed. It is a day to study the impact of education on our children.
Children are our pride. We depend on them to actualize our dreams and visions just as we are fulfilling the visions of our fathers. The only sure hope for continuity is when our children are enlightened.
I see education as an equalizer. It is the only link bridge that connects the rich and the poor. It bridges the gap between the haves and the have-nots.
I see education as a modifier. It is the only medium that transforms plain minds to sound minds. It awakens our sub-conscious minds.
I also see education as pillar. It is the surest ladder to a glorious height. It is the pedestrian bridge to the climax in every work of life.
Consequently, education should be given first priority in every developing country like ours. On this note, our administration has concentrated more on education as a first point of call for development.
Since inception in office as the executive chairman, we have embarked on the rehabilitation of schools and vocational centres. This is in line with our promise to restore the glory of Amuwo-Odofin.
Some schools have been renovated while some were constructed. On renovated schools, UPE Primary school block at 3rd Avenue, New Town primary school, Festac, Festac primary school at 7th Avenue D-close, Progress primary school at 7th Avenue r-close, 2nd Avenue primary school at 23/24 road, Central primary school, 5th Avenue, 512 road primary school at 41 road, AUD primary school at Ado-Soba, and refurbishment of vocational centre at Ado-Soba.
We also purchased Free 500 JAMB Forms and 600 GCE Forms with Free Tutorial Classes for indigent students to promote education in our Local Government.
Still on education, we produced and distributed 220,000 Exercise Books for our children, we also distributed 13,380 Uniforms for Public Primary Schools in Amuwo Odofin Local Government.
We discovered that our public schools were dirty compared to their private counterparts; we had to employ 44 Cleaners and 20 Lawn Managers for to sanitize the environment.
Because of our contribution to education, one of our pupils, Amakor Chidera, won the Lagos State Primary School Spelling Bee Competition award in 2009.
Before I forget, we organized an Education Summit, the first of its kind by a Local Government in Lagos State. We showed a film for Literature Students titled “Romeo & Juliet, Macbeth and the Lord of Flies” towards the preparation of students for GCE Examinations, 2009.
Under road construction, we have rehabilitated 2nd avenue , 5th avenue, 6th avenue link road, 7th avenue, 31 road, 32 road, 51 road, 52 road, 71 road, 11 road and 3rd gate were completely renovated, while part of 4th Avenue and 23 road have been rehabilitated, while the rehabilitation of 21 road is presently going on.
Still on road construction, we have completed the construction of the circular road, phase 1, 2, 3. The road shall be commissioned with the new 1 storey Administrative block with 22 offices having provision for toilets, Close Circuit Television (CCTV) and wireless internet to decongest the already over-clustered offices in the council. We shall also commission our staff canteen that will soon be completed in less than one month. We have also put in place a 24 hour motor park to tackle traffic problem.
To protect these roads from wearing out, our administration as a master of policy, have banned heavy trucks and containers from plying our roads. These heavy vehicles are the cause of major destruction on our roads.
Furthermore, many blocks within the council have been rehabilitated, i.e. re-roofing, aluminum windows, suspended ceiling, electronic appliances, and so on. The council chamber is presently been renovated while other offices will follow suit. Still on our projects of the council, we have carried out a rehabilitation of the legislative building and furniture. We as well, bought 1 Hiace Toyota bus for the Legislative Arm of the government. And 7 official vehicles (brand new KIA saloon car) were bought for the 7 legislators to encourage their optimal performance.
Still on the capital projects, we constructed modern exotic back-light signboards at Festac secretariat and Mile 2 area office. A 200kva generator was installed in the council to serve as an alternative power source, a septic tank was constructed in the council secretariat for proper disposal of waste and some repairs have been carried out on boreholes at Mile 2 Estate and we constructed 10 more boreholes for public use.
The riverine communities of this Local Government are also being carried along in the development. We have constructed a 4, 000 gallon of water borehole with treatment plant at Sagbokoji/Bishopkoji, Tomaro/Ifako village and Ito-Agan/Igbo-Alejo town. While a block of 6 classrooms called Igbologun Primary school at Igbologun. We have also constructed a 0.6 x 0.6m drain at Ado-Soba.
The projects we have embarked on were due to the feedback we got from our people on development. To continue on the people’s oriented projects, we shall be organizing a town hall meeting this Saturday to gather their views on the state of our Local Government.
On environmental protection, an organization called Mr. Green in collaboration Climate Change Network from Denmark came to our Local Government to commend our effort on environmental protection through planting of 2,500 trees. They joined us to plant more trees in respect of the climate change campaign.
It is noteworthy to state that our project is being carried out with the assistance of public work bureau whose services were engaged to ensure that the standards laid by the state government on project execution are complied with.
We were able to achieve those projects through our belief that life is worth living if lived to serve humanity.
The Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo served humanity, and his memory will continue to live with us. The legacies left behind by Awolowo are conspicuous.
He was respected and remembered through his impact on education. He and Late Chief Adekunle Ajasin made education in the South-West free, qualitative, and very accessible.
If our leaders could borrow idea from Awolowo’s philosophy of a selfless service, then we would not have the decay in the educational sector we have today.
Our leaders should be discouraged from sending their children abroad to study. There should be legislation prohibiting political office holders spending public funds on their children’s education abroad.
This prohibition will make our leaders look inwardly into Nigeria’s education and this will boost education. Our educational sector will grow because of their genuine interest in it, considering the involvement of their children in the system.
Secondly, this will reduce the level of financial mismanagement among our leaders. Most of them take Nigerians’ money to finance the educational expenses of their family studying abroad.
If this idea could be implemented, then that would have expunge the believe of people like General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) that Nigeria’s Youths are not capable to lead this country.
I am pleased to announce to you that the Nigerian Youths are visionaries. The vision of a society is in the Youths. Even the Holy Bible confirmed this in the book of Joel chapter 2 verse 28 that:
“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”
I urge you all to brace-up and take leadership responsibility. The success of this country is in our hands.
I appreciate the presence of our invited guests in diaspora; we say thank you for honouring our invitation. We also thank the good people of Amuwo-Odofin for buying and supporting the vision of this administration.
I sincerely appreciate the presence of the ‘One Day Governor’ of Lagos State, initiated by the former First Lady of Lagos State, Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu.
We also appreciate the presence of our Royal leaders, community leaders, Religious leaders, and members of the press.
Lastly, we thank the Tosin Jegede Foundation and Baba Dee for organizing this programme. This shows that our administration is community friendly.
We believe that Nigeria will become a better Nation with today’s leaders.
Comrade Ayodele Adewale
Chairman, Amuwo-Odofin Local Government.