Infrastructures: AAC Chairman Laments LG, State Failure

Kunle Adelabu

-As former Minister take a swipe at Igbogbo/Bayeku Chair

Sen. Adeseye Ogunlewe, former Minister for works and Comrade Michael Olasoji, Chairman, Africa Action Congress (AAC), Ikorodu Local Government.

Comrade Michael Olasoji, the party chairman, Africa Action Congress (AAC), Ikorodu Local Government, has condemned the failure of the executive arms to discharge their primary responsibilities, especially at the Local and State Government levels.

The unionist who expressed his displeasure on THE IMPACT platform at the weekend, said that he doesn’t approve of a situation where a legislator is going all out to meet the infrastructural and other demands of his constituents.

Olasoji was reacting to the legislative efforts of Rep. Babajimi Benson, the representative of the Ikorodu Federal Constituency who has facilitated so many road constructions and other infrastructures across the six councils within his constituency.

The latest of such efforts by the re – elected Ikorodu representative was the Akin Ogunlewe Crescent, a 1.1km road which he flagged – off last Saturday. While crediting Rep. Benson for his quality representation, Olasoji said that the country cannot entrench good governance when the executive arms are not up and doing.

“If legislators are carrying out the primary responsibilities of local government chairmen and state governors, there is something going wrong”, the ACC Chairman said.

“I don’t clap or rejoice when I see lawmakers, whose responsibility is to make laws, present bills on behalf of his constituency are now going the extra mile constructing roads. This shows how poor the so-called democracy we are practicing.

“No country grows or develops without good and working Local government, maybe we should start converting our lawmakers to LG and state executives’ ‘, he said.

While commending Rep. Benson and other lawmakers who have been directly taking it upon themselves to rehabilitate and construct roads in their constituency, Olasoji said that such executives under which that happened are failures.

“I credit those lawmakers that put it upon themselves to construct and repair roads. Is also a big slap to those LG and state governments which this happened under their watch, this show’s they have failed in their responsibilities”, he said.

“Nigerians citizens are not ready for an excellent government; we can’t get it right this way”, he said.

In the same vein, the former Minister for Works and chieftain of the Governance Advisory Council (GAC), Sen. (Otunba) Dr. Adeseye Ogunlewe, have also expressed his dissatisfaction at the poor performance at the council level.

Ogunlewe who said that Councils administration are responsible for the construction and maintenance of inner roads spoke at the flag – off of the Akin Ogunlewe Crescent by Rep. Babajimi Benson, took a swipe at the Chairman, Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA whom he said is not doing enough.

“Our Chairman is not doing anything. He has not done a single road since he has been in the saddle and that is not good enough”, Sen. Ogunlewe said.

“When our Baba, Asiwaju Basorun was running the council, the Offin road was constructed under his leadership and it was a council administration that constructed it. Adamo road was also constructed by a council.

“This is important to let us all know that it is the responsibility of the Council to construct inner roads. They have been doing it before but we don’t know what is preventing our councils these days from doing that. It is not good at all”, the former Minister said.

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