It was an opportunity for the aspirants vying for the Chairmanship position of Ikorodu Local Government to present their agendas to the Community Development Committee (CDC) and Community Development Associations (CDAs), when they met there chieftains on Tuesday, May 25, 2021.
Three of the four aspirants – the incumbent Chairman, Hon. Wasiu Adesina who is seeking re – election, incumbent Vice Chairman, Princess Foashade Oba, and former Council Leader, Hon. Azeez Jimoh Olosugbo took turns to speak to about 100 community developers who had gathered at the Ikorodu LG Secretariat hall.
Alhaji Shonibare Luqman, Chairman, Community Development Committee, Ikorodu Local Government, speaking with THE IMPACT, said that the essence of engaging the aspirants was to create a platform for them to interface with the people in the community, whom they are going to govern, and tell them their programmes.
“The essence is to create a platform for the people who are the representatives of the community to ask the aspirants about their plans for the people.
“We are the people in the grassroots who are going to be governed and that is why we have invited them to come and tell us what they have in stock before the primary elections.
“It is for our people to listen to them and make decisions based on what each of the aspirants has said. The choice is theirs. What we intend to achieve is for the aspirants to come here to convince the people, especially those with APC cards, on their programmes.
He said that the CDC/CDAs will still invite all the candidates after the primary elections for further engagements and added that the three aspirants that appeared performed very well.
“After the primary, we are still going to invite the candidates to come and tell us their plans.
“Princess Folashade Oba came and spoke with us, so also was the incumbent, the Executive Chairman, Hon. Wasiu Adeshina, and Hon. Azeez Jimoh Olosugbo and they all did very well”.
Hon. Adeshina, addressing members of the CDC/CDAs, said that his government has improved on infrastructural developments in Ikorodu by construction of roads, schools and rehabilitating the council secretariat among others.
He also said that his administration paid allowances of the past political office holders and donated vans to the police to improve the security situation in the community.
The incumbent chairman also said that his administration has been CDC/CDA friendly by donating a bus for them and also supporting their activities, adding that his administration has also improved on the council finances.
He also pledged to continue his performances and improve on them.
Princess Oba, while canvassing for the residents’s support, said that her mission is to make Ikorodu great with her programmes which, according to him, are aimed at making life easier for the people.
The Vice Chairman pledged to improve security of lives and properties of the people and also make education available for young people if elected as the Chairman.
She also presented her programmes on health, agriculture, transportation, tourism and entertainment development among many others.
The gender activist also said that she would protect the rights of child and women with assurance that men too will be given their right of place in her government.
Former Council Leader, Hon. Olosugbo, presenting his Ikorodu Repositioning Agenda to the community developers, said that his security plans will give adequate roles to the CDC/CDAs who are the contact people in various communities.
Olosugbo, who said that he sponsored nine laws as a Councilor, also alleged that the council has not been implementing those laws and pledged to make them workable if elected into office as the chairman.
He said that one of the bye – laws that he sponsored was the Ikorodu Local Government Security Trust Fund which he said was designed to tackle the insecurity in the community.
The young aspirants said that he would improve on the council's finances and makes workers productively engaged.
He emphasized that his administration would encourage partnership with other councils in the area of agriculture, road construction and other projects.
Olosugbo also said that his administration would create the Ikorodu Business District around Alhaji Street, Ikorodu garage, Ladega and Ayangbure road and put in place proper plans and regulations of traffic.