-Commissions block of 5 classrooms at Oreta, pledges more projects
-Gets party, community commendations
The Chairman, Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Ikorodu Division, Lagos State, Southwest, Nigeria, Builder Olusesan Daini, has revealed that his administration is implementing more projects in the recent time because there has been significant increase in the allocations to the local , state and the federal governments, due to the removal of the fuel subsidy.
He explained that the construction of a block of 5 classrooms at the Local Government Primary School, Oreta, Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA, within two months, was made possible because of the improvement in the council’s finances, and assured residents of more projects, especially in the area of education and health.
Modern chairs, desks and white boards were provided in the classrooms, commissioned by His Royal Majesty, Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo.
Daini made the revelation while commissioning the classroom project on Friday, September 8, 2023.
The council boss assured that Nigerians will soon start seeing the impacts of the removal of the fuel, by President Bola Tinubu.
“In this country today, subsidy removal is a major issue that we are tackling, and there are lots of hardship and the government is implementing palliatives to benefit every community. There is a general comment that the revenue allocations of the federal, state and that of the local government, have improved, that is why people are demanding and requesting for more performance from the government”, Builder Daini said.
“I want to say this, the major reason the local government is able to deliver (construction of a block of a classrooms) is because of the increment in the revenue. We wouldn’t have done this if not for the subsidy removal”, he confirmed.
“What (the newly built classrooms building) you are looking at and all these promises that I am making are because I admit that there has been increase in what we are getting, and the increase must have direct impact on the people, education, health and the general development of our community.
“I want to plead with us that subsidy removal is not a wicked act from the government, but an act to take us away from the situation that we are in this country. A lot of things would come to play, but it would be for just some time. We plead that you should bear with us. Before the end of this year, I can assure Nigerians; the people of Ikorodu Division, Lagos State and my LCDA, that there would be good report, result and there would be positive impacts of our government on the people.
“Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as we all know, is promise keeper and he would not promise what he cannot do. So, all of us that are his lieutenants are equally promising, and what we are doing here today is part of the promises that Nigeria will be better and our hope would be renewed”, the Council Chairman said.
Speaking on the construction of the block of classrooms which is first – ever new structure constructed since the first built in 1948 was demolished when the construction of the new building was about to start, and the second structure was built in 1978, which has now been fully rehabilitated by the Ikorodu Division Peace Initiative Limited (IDPIL), following the reports on the state of the school by THE IMPACT, Builder Daini described it as fulfilment of one of his electoral promises.
“Exactly July 28, 2023, which was 42 days ago, we laid the foundation of this building, and I promised the students, the community and the head teacher that we are going to deliver this project within six weeks. I am happy today that with God on our side and with the support of my team in the council, we are back, six weeks after the foundation laying ceremony, to commission the building. I want to say that this is one of the electoral promises that we have made, and we are ready to do more”, Builder Daini said.
“Exactly January 17, 2017, I was in this compound to solicit for the support of the people, and l thank the people of Oreta for giving me their support and for supporting our party. Your requests at that time was classrooms for your children and health centre for the community.
“Here today standing before you, the campaign promises for the classrooms has been fulfilled, and we are here today to commission the classrooms and by the grace of God, in the next 28 to 30 days, I will be here to commission a high class health centre that is fully equipped and with all the amenities that you might want to think of. I thank you for journey with us and I assure that we will not stop at that.
“I will use this opportunity to inform us that the government is committed to the educational development among all other things that you are equally interested in. Health is equally our priority”, the Council boss said.
While stating that his administration will be commissioning a new primary school at Olu – Odo, over 40 years after the community made a formal request for it, Builder Daini also assured residents of Osorun, of the construction of a primary school in their community before end of 2023.
“Last week, I assure the people of Osorun which is a big community that has been craving for a primary school, for about 20 years. I promised them that before the end of this year, we are going to commission a primary school in Osorun”, he said.
“We are also going to be commissioning a new primary school in Olu – Odo, before the end of this month. I was told by my father, Asiwaju Oloruunfunmi Basorun, that the request for primary school in Olu – Odo, was made by the Olu – Odo residents to the state executive council about 42 years ago, but very soon, we would be commissioning a primary school in that community. This is part of our commitment as a council, and of our government to our people.
The Council Chairman also pledged to distribution about 50, 000 exercise and other educational materials to pupils across the 13 primary schools in the Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA.
“From Tuesday next week, the local government will be going round the schools to distribute educational materials. We will be giving over 12, 000 pupils in 13 primary schools in Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA, educational support materials like exercise books, sharpeners, erasers, and I assure you that none of the pupils will have less than 4 exercise books”, he said.
“This means that we will be sharing almost 50, 000 exercise books to our children. The last time that we received that was when I was in primary school, and I want to say that our government will not stop at this, we will do more to support educational development, especially at the primary school level”, he assured.
While urging well – meaning residents to support government in social and economic developments, Builder Daini commended the Odofin of Ikorodu Kingdom and Chairman, Ikorodu Division Peace Initiative Limited (IDPIL), Odofin Adewunmi Ogunsanya, SAN, for the intervention of the group in the full rehabilitation of the main building at the LG Primary School, Oreta.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to our people and to all the well – meaning Nigerians and residents of Ikorodu Division and Igbogbo – Bayeku LCDA, that you can support the government in any way that can add value to the system”, he said.
“I want to use this opportunity to acknowledge one of our good citizens and indigenes, who has deemed it fit to add value to the Division, in person of Prince (Odofin) Adewunmi Ogunsanya, the Odofin of Ikorodu Kingdom, for taking it upon himself to renovate the building behind us (a block of classrooms and 12 toilets).
“It is a commitment to support the government, and I want to appreciate and call him to do more, especially in the area of education and other areas of our economic development”, he charged.
Chieftain of the Governance Advisory Council (GAC), Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun, commended the Council boss for his efforts in developing education in the council.
“I want to thank the Chairman for taking us back to the era when we had free education. Bringing back the period when we used to distribute free exercise books to pupils. I think that you have scored a great mark”, the party leader said.
“They constructed this building within seven weeks and I want to appeal to the people, especially those that are party members, to always bring whatever that we notice that is not good to the attention of the chairman or whomever in government, instead of going on the social media. It is like shaming us.
“Some took pictures of buildings in this school when they were dilapidated and shared it on the social media, which is not good enough. That has done no good”.
Basorun also said that Builder Daini has been outstanding among the six Council Chairmen in Ikorodu Division in meeting and carrying the party leaders along in his programmes.
“Out of all the six council chairmen in the whole of Ikorodu Division, it is only this Council Chairman (Builder Daini) that has been regularly holding meetings with the leaders. I want all of us to note the special qualities of our chairman. I am not condemning any Chairman. This is the only Chairman that is carrying the leaders along. There is no project that he will not carry us along, and we, the apex body in Igbogbo/Bayeku, are aware of everything that he is doing”, the party chieftains said.
“The apex body is established in every local government, but in the case of the Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA, the Chairman meets us every month to brief us on what are happening and we offer him advice. Please, continue like that”.
Asiwaju Basorun, while denying the allegation that he is receiving N500, 000 monthly and other patronages from the council, said that he is supporting the chairman because he understands the system and what community service is.
He charged the Chairman’s cabinet members and residents to continue to support the Chairman, while charging those interested in succeeding him to learn from him and be ready to do more.
The political leaders also commended Odofin Adewunmi Ogunsanya, SAN, for using his wealth to support development and not using it to oppress the people.
Also speaking, the Education Secretary, Ikorodu Local Government, Alhaji Afolabi Amusa and Baale of Oreta, Chief Biliamin Babatunde Fasanya, commended the Chairman for the project.
The Council Chairman on the same day also commissioned the perimeter fence with electric protection wire at Lajo Primary School.
At the commissioning ceremony were High Chief Tajudeen Duduyemi Alade Onasanya, the Odofin of Igbogbo, Hon. Nureni Abolaji Okedina – Maja, Vice Chairman/Supervisory Councilor for Education, Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA and former past Council Chairmen and administrators, Hon. Jimoh Ogunmuyiwa, Hon. Gbenga Basanya, Yeye Funmi Basorun and Hon. Taiwo Orenuga.
Also in attendance were past APC Chairmen, Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA, Alhaji (Hon.) Sefiu Ogunyemi (Lobito) and Pastor Ola Aiyetoba, as well as Hon. Gbenga Oshin, former member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Hameed Olalekan Aroyewun, former aspirant, Lagos State House of Assembly, Councilors, Supervisory Councilors, Special Advisers and representative of youths groups.