Job opportunity, Infrastructural upliftment tops demand as 8th Assembly holds parley
Mr Gboyega Salvador, former Special Adviser to Ex- Gov. Babatunde Fasola said over 41 roads in the area had been damaged when Abule-Egba Flyover Bridge was being constructed.
“Mainly, our challenge, because of the flyover that was done at Abule-Egba, is bad link roads. The first things the state should have done is to repair all the inner roads.
“We have lost almost 41 inner roads in Ojokoro LCDA (Local Council Development Area) and this is affecting the economic activities of the constituency.
“Educationally, we are backward; the government needs to give us more. We need to develop markets,” he said.
Salvador, who described Ambode as a performer, lauded the idea of the Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting to feel the pulse of the people.
Also speaking, Oba Saka Taiwo, the Alagbado of Orile-Alagbado, who commended Ambode for infrastructural development, added most inner roads in the area needed repair.
“We want the government to do more to ensure provision of employment opportunities for our children who have gone to school.
“We are not saying the government is not trying, we are only saying they should not rest on their oars but try harder for the development of the society.
According to him, the lawmaker representing the constituency had done so much for the youths and the community at large.
The Babaloja General of Ojokoro LCDA, Alhaji Akinloye Oladejo also called for a state of emergency on inner roads in Ojokoro, saying that bad roads had been affecting industries and markets in the area.
Oladejo, who noted that Ambode remained a listeners, urged Makinde to commune with the governor to repair all inner roads that went bad as a result of the construction of the flyover bridge, as he laud Makinde for performing beyond expectations.
Speaking with Newsmen, Mr Tony Nwokolo, the Proprietor/ Founder, Hope Fountain School for the Deaf, Ojokoro commended Gov. Ambode and other representatives for identifying with people living with disabilities.
Nwokolo, a deaf, said: “We are disabled part of the community. As you know in Nigeria, people look down on the disable but with the coming of Ambode, things are improving.
“Our representatives in the council, state and federal are not identifying with disable. Any time they visit our school, we are always very happy for identifying with us.
“Special schools need more attention from Government, philanthropists for the provision of school clinics, bus , canteen, and many other things.
“Being a disable is not the end of the world. Whether you are deaf or blind, there is hope. We want government to look into employing the disabled. We want the society to give inclusive treatment.
“If government wants to employ 100 people, it should consider the disable community, for example if 80 per cent goes to able body, 20 per cent can go to the disabled. That will give us a sense of belonging in the community.’’
Earlier in his speech, Makinde, the Chairman, House Committee on House Services said that event was to feel the pulse of the people as their representative and relate same to the executive arm.
The lawmaker said that the House, under the leadership of the Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa to ensure that people have meaningful representation.
“We do this through good laws that guarantee infrastructural developments, creation of more jobs and qualitative education for the benefit of all.
“Also, we want to ensure affordable health care delivery system that ensures the well being of our people and establishment of a security system that promises safety of lives and property among others.
Makinde said that suggestions, demands and requests of previous stakeholders’ meeting were collated and forward to the executive arms, which had resulted in most infrastructural projects. He said that the objectives of the meeting were to strengthen participatory democracy, ensure true representation through accountability and seeks inputs from constituents on their welfare and need.
The lawmaker said that the House had done a lot to improve legislative competence and accomplishments by review old legislations and initiating new ones to meet current needs.
“We have passed various resolutions that have changed the lives of the people and the face of Lagos State. The House has continued to work tirelessly in attending to disputes bordering on matters of justice, violation of human rights and others,’’ he said.
According to the stakeholders, the governor needs to provide more employment opportunities for the teeming youths and young graduates that have nothing to do.
In his words, Mr Wale Amole, Auditor, All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ikeja Local Government said so many youths were yet to be engaged after acquiring various degrees from colleges and universities.
Amole said: “We want employment for the youths. The governor has done so much but we need more job opportunities. We need assistance from our performing governor.’’
According to him, if youths are adequately engaged, the crime rates will drastically reduced in the area.
Also speaking, Alhaja Iyabo Akerele, the APC Chairman, Onigbongbo LCDA, who commended the grassroots developmental activities of Ambode and Mohammed, said attention should be given to employment for youths.
“This Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting is a noble initiative and we saw the result of our suggestions last year. The most important thing we are looking for now is employment for our youths.
“We want our governor to give this a priority. We want our governor and representative to bring more empowerments to the grassroots for the youths.
“When youths have jobs in their hands, they won’t be roaming around the council or the House of Assembly for money,’’ the party chief said.
The lawmaker, however, said that Ambode had done so much since he assumed the office, saying more are still expected to be done to make life easier for the people.
Also speaking, Mr Augustus Sawyer, a constituent, said that there was a need for a primary school in Oregun area of the constituency.
Sawyer said that if the school was provided, greater access would be given to many children to a attend school not far from their residence.
Reacting to the requests, Mohammed, the Chairman, House Committee on Energy and Mineral Resources said, though legislators were limited in what they could do, he would influence more projects to the area.