The Liaison Group of the Eminent Persons of Ikorodu Division (EPID) has tasked the Federal, State and Local Governments on way forward for the development of Ikorodu Division of Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria.
The group illustrated this task with a presentation at the reception it organized in honour of the elected and appointed representatives in Lagos East Senatorial District (Ikorodu Division) at the Ikorodu Town hall on Friday, September 6, 2019.
The former Head of Service, Lagos State and Aremo of Igbogbo Kingdom, Prince Adesegun Ogunlewe , anchored the presentation which was tagged, “Way forward” , and urged the honorees to use their good offices in ensuring that the tasks are executed.
In the presentation, EPID called the attention of government , especially at the Federal and State levels, to the areas of road construction, education, health, housing and provision of portable water for the residents and management of waterways that surround Ikorodu Division among others.
The group also called for the establishment of marine police to effectively provide security on waterways in Ikorodu division.
While tasking the federal and state governments, EPID called on Sen. Adebayo Osinowo and Hon. Babajimi Benson to use their respective positions at the Red and Green Chamber in ensuring that federal government rehabilitate Oba Sekumade (Ebute-Ogolonto) road which has been in terrible state due to the increased activities at the Ferry Terminal located along the the road..
The group also made a passionate appeal , through the State legislators, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade and Hon. Nurudeen Solaja, for the rehabilitation of the Gberigbe road which is also in a terrible state , stating that the road is strategic if rehabilitated.
While lamenting the slow pace of construction works on Ikorodu- Sagamu road, EPID tasked the Federal legislators to ensure that adequate funding is provided for the Trunk A road in the 2020 budget to hasten its completion.
The group also called on the Federal Government, Lagos and Ogun States for the urgent dualisaion and reconstruction of Ikorodu-Itoikin road because of its importance to the social and economic development of the country.
The group also pleaded with the state government for quick commencement of construction work on Agric-Owutu and Ebute-Igbogbo roads where hundreds of houses were demolished two years ago for right of ways. The lawmakers representing the division at the state Assembly were also urged to see to this.
To tackle the perennial traffic congestion at Ikorodu garage roundabout and adjoining roads, the group tasked state and federal governments on the need for construction of overhead bridge at Ikorodu garage.
In the area of health, the group called for the employment of more staff members at the General hospital, Ikorodu , as well as provision of necessary equipment that are lacking in the hospital.
The group also requested for the creation of a standard orthopedic centre and other departments at General hospital to take care of the urgent needs in this area and prevent movement of residents to other facilities outside the division.
More so, EPID tasked the state government to upgrade the general hospital to a specialist hospital and the annex at Imota to a General hospital level, while also calling for the upgrade of the Primary Health Care Centers across the division to adequately serve residents.
The group also tasked the federal government on the completion of the housing scheme in Igbogbo which was started in 2004 but had since been abandoned.
Furthermore, EPID demanded for government’s attention in the provision of portable water for residents across Ikorodu division, while also calling for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the Waterworks at Ota Ona and Lagos Road which were built in 1979 and 1983 respectively.
The group equally expressed its willingness to partner with necessary body to make water available for residents of the division.
On education, the group appealed to the state government to assist in providing standing approval in order to have access to public schools in the division for independent assessment.
EPID also called on the state government to improve the welfare of Obas and chiefs in the state, especially those in Ikorodu division, through upward review of their emoluments and other benefits.