PLS JOINS REP. BABAJIMI BENSON TO FLAG-OFF A 3.3 KM ROAD PROJECT
Sequel to Ikorodu Federal Constituency Rep, promise to address the dilapidated infrastructure in Ikorodu Division, with a view to ensuring economic development, the former Executive Secretary of LSDPC, Hon Babajimi Adegoke Benson has flagged off the construction of a 3.3 -kilometre Eruwen urban road project in Constituency, a fourth of its kind.
This is just as the Chairman, House Committee on defense have promised that his legislative activities would not consider ethno-tribal and geographical divisions in addressing the developmental needs of Ikorodu Division.
JB as he is fondly called, stated while performing the flag-off of the road projects yesterday, that part of his legislative cardinal agenda is to run a one-stop constituency, where democratic dividends will be evenly distributed across the 2 local governments and 4 LCDA’s in his Constituency.
Present at the flag-off of the road project is the All Progressive Congress (APC), Amuwo-Odofin Federal Constituency Candidate, Prince Lanre A. Sanusi (PLS) who was at the event to support his Associate, friend and brother on the milesstones achieved so far in a bid to translate same to Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency after the 2023 general elections.
Sanusi said the synergy between the lawmaker, Federal government and Lagos State government has enabled the easy facilitation of the road construction which is in line with the legislative transformation policies and programmes of Rep Jimi Benson.
The Awori born Prince said, “the giant strides of Rep Babajimi Benson administration in the area of infrastructural development and other critical deliverables despite been a legislator are well known and worth emulating by all who may desire such elevated post. What we are witnessing today is JB deliberate efforts at complementing the quantum leap of Gov Sanwo-Olu infrastructural turnaround in Lagos State“.
PLS highlighted that the project which is said to be fully funded will be executed to meet up with international standards and that is a plus for JB, Push News 24 International reports.
Sanusi urged the people of Ikorodu Division to continue to support the APC government so as to continue to reap more dividends of democracy. He charged them to re-elect Hon Babajimi Benson in the 2023 general elections to further enjoy masses-oriented projects and programmes.
Hon. Jimi Benson also hinted that the road project which includes the construction of drainages to control flood water, will be completed before Easter all things been equal.
Also in attendance at the flag-off are the duo of Hon Banjo and Hon Sesan Daini, the Executive Chairmen of both Ikorodu North LCDA and Igbogbo/Baiyeku respectively, others include Party Stalwarts, Constituency and members of the CDC/CDA
FORMER CHAIRMANSHIP ASPIRANT, SHOWEMIMO ELECTED CHAIRMAN, SUPERVISORS AND SPECIAL ADVISERS FORUM.
Former Ikorodu Local Government Chairmanship aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Arakunrin Kazeem Showemimo has been elected the Chairman of Supervisory Councillors and Special Advisers Forum (IDSAF), in Ikorodu Division of Lagos State.
The May 17th, 2022 event which also witnessed the nomination and election of other officers was held at the Constituency office of distinguishes Sen Tokunbo Abiru, member representing Lagos East. Members of the executives were nominated based on their socio-political exposures and experiences while their contributions to the grassroots was an influencing determinants.
Showemimo in his acceptance speech said his emergence reflects the supreme will of the almighty Allah and an overwhelming leadership mandate of all Nigerians residing in Ikorodu Division.
He further described his emergence as a great honour bestowed on him to serve the people at the grassroots.
Kazeem who is the CEO of SaveFirst Environmental Services, a 21st century environmental friendly and safety company urged all stakeholders and members of the Forum to give the new administration all the necessary support and cooperation.
He said, “Today’s historic outcomes is the beginning of a new era in grassroots leadership of our great forum in Ikorodu Division.
“In terms of duties and obligations, this Forum opt to be stronger such that when properly evaluated because we are closer to the people in the grassroots, our various principal will be seen to be meeting the people’s expectations”.
“My goal is to consolidate on the gains of our ecponential diversities, professional exposures and experiences improve on local government administration.”
Showemimo stressed that he will use his new position to bring and encourage meaningful development and also bring the government closer to the people.
Speaking further, the Supervisor for Environment advise his colleagues to take their duties seriously and not hesitate to continuously advise their Principals in their various areas of functionality.
Push News 24 International learnt that one of the objectives of the Forum is to strengthen cross-functional relationships and ideas sharing amongst the Supervisors and Special Advisers within the Division.
Those who made the list includes Arakunrin Ogidan Kazeem Showemimo as Chairman, Ikorodu Central, Hon. Gbenga Akinsanya, Vice Chairman, Imota LCDA., Comr. Lateef Odusanya elected Secretary from Igbogbo/ Bayeku LCDA. Hon. Adeniyi Olaide as Asst. Secretary from Ikorodu Central.
Others are Comrade Salau Rukayat Ibukun as PRO from Ikorodu West LCDA. Hon. Abiodun Banjo, Treasurer from Ikorodu North LCDA, Hon. Bisola Abari as Welfare from Ijede LCDA.
NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL IS NON-PARTISAN AND NON-POLITICAL – A CONCERN CITIZEN CALL-OUT LAGOS STATE CHAIRMAN
A concern citizen and youth re-orientation advocate, Prince Olamilekan Ojo Martins (Mnipr) has called out the Lagos State Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Lekan Biliamin Oba over what he described as the continuous violation of his oath of office in ensuring that the NYCN under his leadership remains apolitical and non-partisan.
The public affairs analyst in a recent viral video stated that the Lagos State Chairman has been seen regularly and publicly canvassing and campaigning for aspirants of one of the political parties (evidence witheld) and further attending their events and accepting responsibilities to the effect, which in the real sense have created mixed reactions from members of the public and other youths stakeholders.
“The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) which was established in 1964 is charged with policy formulation and implementation on issues bordering on youth development in Nigeria and as the umbrella body and the mouthpiece of the Nigerian Youth it is responsible for protecting the diverse interest of its members which cut across tribes, faith, creed and political inclinations, and as such its uncalled for, for the President or any of the Chapter Chairmen to throw caution to the wind by hob-nobbing with a particular political party to the detriment of other members affiliations” Martins said.
He further stated that several chapters have been indulging in similar practices which is against the spirit and letters of the legal recognition given to the youth body in 1990.
“While there is no express clause that prevents the leadership of the NYCN at all levels from directly and personally expressing their political preferences the moral burden of leadership and the extant laws recognizing the NYCN as apolitical behooves caution on the youth body”
According to the erstwhile youth leader, the NYCN which is also affiliated to the world Assembly of Youth, Pan-African Youth Union in its affiliation charters accepted to the creed to remain apolitical, hence, those at the leadership level of the youth body despite possessing individual rights to participate in political activities such rights become subjective to the larger interest of the youth body.
“As the leader you cannot completely separate yourself and personal activities from the group you lead as your personae and office draws inferences from your position, hence, the conflict”
“Personally, I have made efforts to discuss the dangers of tilting against the tide with the concerned but it was taken as a stroll-in-the-park and that is why I am calling on the President of the NYCN, Amb. Sukubo Sara-Igbe Sukubo and the supervisory body, the Ministry for Youths and Sports development to quickly order-into-line activities of the leadership of the Chapters so as to avoid a derail from the expected practices and standards of the NYCN” he added.
While acknowledging over the years the various roles of the NYCN in providing a chart-way for the development, emancipation and socio-political advancement of the youths in Nigeria, Prince Ojo Martins advise that youths can only make meaningful change to the society if they continuously remain guided and follow the rules of engagements to the latter.
The Public Relations practitioner further stressed that a situation where the NYCN logo adorns political party poster or the issuance of public statements to such extent will only relegate the youth body as a portfolio of political desperados who will on a long run lower the value standards of the body.
“NYCN is expected to work seamlessly with any government in power regardless of the political affiliations thereby ensuring active mobilization of the youth for social and development activities at all levels of government; and the collective matrimony is to secure for the youths befitting channels of resounding voices that is notable across the Country” he said.
Prince Olamilekan Ojo Martins, a public affairs commentator and leadership advocate revisits the current succession controversy in Constituency 1 in Ikorodu Division ahead of 2023 and questions a clandestine arrangement by some unforeseen socio-political cabals that excludes the good people of Ikorodu West LCDA.
I spoke on the roles that leaders must play to engender unity in my weekly Instagram-live entitled: “Nigeria, Some Defining Issues for the Future.’’. In my live broadcast I stated emphatically that equity, justice, and fairness for all segments of society are imperative in the pursuit of unity in Ikorodu Division of Lagos State.
As a former LGA Youth Leader of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) I am of the conviction that any fear or allegation of marginalization or discrimination on account of tribe, residency, religion, ethnicity or political affiliations must not be overlooked by any community as its long term negative effects are better imagined.
“Political and traditional leaders in Ikorodu Division must do the difficult work of educating their publics about the need to live together and ensure political positions and patronage are circled amongst the three entities that makes up Constituency 1 and 2, in this case for Constituency 1 are Ikorodu West, Ikorodu North and Ikorodu Central”. In constituency 2 brothers are pitching against one another, neighbors against neighbors …so the story goes.
“It is the elites, leaders that will do the onerous job of ensuring unity in our communities.”
In my previous writeup with the title, “The Propaganda Plights of LCDAs in Lagos State”, I tried to show how Greater Ikorodu West LCDA made up of Ipakodo, Owutu, Agric amongst others have been reduced to the political weeping child of Ikorodu Division. This is due to the worst form of political marginalization foisted on the people before, during and after the creation of LCDAs in Lagos State.
Expectedly, the writeup attracted mixed reactions. In that writeup, many pertinent questions were raised challenging proponents of centralization in Ikorodu Central to provide evidence as to when and who sat together to draw the agreement on such arrangements (written or unwritten).
While many hailed the logicality of the argument, some people with opposing views made feeble attempts to counter the argument even as they were lacking in facts and failed woefully to provide answers to the basic questions raised. Their best attempt was to say that both Ikorodu West and Ikorodu North were merely created from Ikorodu Central and they have to call the shorts and that it has come to stay! We shall return to that later.
In this my second intervention, I basically want to present further historical evidence to buttress the point that, by reason of equity, justice and fairness, Ikorodu West LCDA, whether by “cultural zone” or old divisional structure (or even affirmation), should be supported to produce the next Lagos State House of Assembly Member for Ikorodu Constituency 1. Power can still shift to Ikorodu North LCDA afterwards. By so doing, equity is still serve.
Activities of the past years has only revealed how some stakeholders have been neglected in Ikorodu Constituency I. which is made up of Ikorodu Central, Ikorodu North and Ikorodu West)
House of Assembly Ikorodu Constituency I Short history 1999-Till Date
20011- 2015. Hon. SOB AGUNBIADE ( Ikorodu Central)
2015- 2019. Hon. SOB AGUNBIADE ( Ikorodu Central)
2019- 2023. Hon. SOB AGUNBIADE ( Ikorodu Central)
Ikorodu North and Ikorodu West we have waited enough…
We call on Our party Leaders and Traditional Leaders to speak out. If Ikorodu Constituency 2 can tinker with rotation , Ikorodu Constituency I should also lead by example.
It’s time for Rotation 🗣️🗣️🗣️🗣️……..
The unique and constitutional position of the trio is longed recognized by the laws of Lagos State as equal entities but the injustice vehemently experienced as shown in the case of the Lagos State House of Assemble leaves so much to be desired. We live in a complex web of multi-layered social, cultural, economic and political synergies playing out in Ikorodu and that is most unfortunate to the LCDAs.
Despite the scale of the challenges facing us, unravelling this web of commonality as proposed by enthusiasts of disintegration and some greedy politicians is a cure that is worse than the disease.
This is why we must understand that even though managing diversity can be politically and administratively onerous, diversity itself is an economic strength and harnessing it properly is hugely rewarding, if properly harnessed, our diversity could ensure lasting prosperity for all.
The true wealth of nations in the 21st century is human capital, societies that set out to attract and retain the most diverse pool of skilled human resources are ordained to prevail in the race for prosperity.
It is a matter of interest that the most prosperous economies in the world are typically diverse. With diversity comes a broad range of cultural, philosophical and intellectual approaches for solving problems; innovation can only flourish in this kind of setting. Ikorodu West indeed has qualified and experienced professionals who can occupy any post.
This is why the apex leadership in Ikorodu Division must understand that even though managing diversity can be politically and administratively onerous, diversity itself is an economic strength and harnessing it properly is hugely rewarding. Let’s give Ikorodu West LCDA the opportunity to ensure a refreshing legislative agenda.
Prince Olamilekan OJO MARTINS (Mnipr) wrote in from Texas, USA @firstname.lastname@example.org
2023: ALOGBA, ASSEMBLY ASPIRANT HARPS ON FRESH PERSPECTIVES FOR IKORODU CONSTITUENCY 1
The socio-political public/private spheres of Ikorodu Division are awash with visible and hidden intimations of generational leadership gradual failings; facts and realities that bear no esoteric hue and that do not require the understanding and interpretation of experts and professionals of various callings. The failures of our time may translate into the complete failed status of the nation state if we fail to do the needful.
Coming from the above background, Hon Babawale Bisiriyu Alogba who is an aspirant in the 2023 Lagos State House of Assembly, Ikorodu Constituency 1, has harped on the need for a fresh perspective as the All Progressive Congress (APC) prepares for its primaries.
Alogba made these remarks during his speech at the consultative meeting held with stakeholders and some delegates of Ikorodu Constituency 1.
“I am humbled by this rare show of love and genuine support for me. With what I am seeing here today, I can boldly say Ikorodu is, indeed, ready to usher in the change and a fresh perspective that will transform the constituency. This warm welcome means I have been accepted and commissioned to proceed”.
“With all humility, I want to assure you that I am motivated and ready for the challenges ahead. I want to promise that by God’s grace and with your support, I will provide a fresh platform for effective and responsive legislation. “I am ready to go the extra mile to ensure your rights are protected and by extension, all Lagosian being my larger constituency”.
“My priority is to be your voice and creating the enabling opportunities and environment for the good people of Ikorodu Constituency to reap the dividends of democracy in Lagos and Nigeria at large.” Alogba promised.
Hon Babawale also said “Political activities in Nigerian context have been relegated to election periods which unfortunately happens in every 4-year, after expiration of a tenure in a democracy. Imperatively so, for re-assessment of performances Ikorodu Constituency 1 is not an exception and in order to address this melee there is need for fusion of fresh ideas and perspectives to legislative representation in 2023.”
The banker turned politician said he will establish a nexus between all stakeholders in the community thereby promoting Good Governance and Sustainable National/State Development through motions relevant to current realities.
“I am here to sensitize us ahead of time, the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State as a party is built on providing dividends of democracy to the people and Ikorodu Constituency 1 must not be schemed out, Ikorodu needs a representative without any baggage”
“It is sacrosanct to mention or perhaps reiterate the obvious that keeping constant touch with the constituents begot preferential attachment in the sub-consciousness of the people especially when it involves legislative activities that bring succor to hard-times and affecting lives positively”
Push News 24 International can confirm that Alogba’s fresh perspectives strategy as a legislator is premised on 8 major characteristics. It is participatory, consensus oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive, and follows the rule of law. The Ikorodu born believes good governance is responsive to the present and future needs of any community, exercises prudence in policy-setting and decision-making, and in the context in which the best interests of all citizens and critical stakeholders are taken into account.
As Nigerian Christians join their counterparts world over to celebrate this year’s Christmas, the Executive Chairman of Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area, Hon Sulaiman Kazeem Olanrewaju popularly called SKO has appealed to residents of Ikorodu West LCDA and Nigerians, to show love to one another irrespective of their religious beliefs and to reflect on the love of God which is always so abundant and overflowing.
Sulaiman, who made the call in his Christmas message, made available to Push News 24 International through his Chief Press Secretary, Onanuga Ayotunde Patrick, congratulated the entire Christian faithful in the LCDA and the country at large on the occasion of this year’s Christmas celebration marking the birth of Jesus Christ.
Acknowledging that the economic situation in the country is not too rosy at the moment, Hon Sulaiman a chattered accountant turned politician enjoined the Christian community and all Nigerians to celebrate with joy as possible, in the understanding that the future of the country would be better.
SKO said, “the birth of Christ shows God’s love for mankind as well as rekindles hope that the creator wishes that his people will live a full and happy life on earth and hereafter if they follow the example of Jesus Christ”.
He states that “the season is one of hope reborn just like hope and confidence is born anew in our dear Ikorodu West LCDA with the ascension to power of a government that is preaching the inclusiveness, renewal and collective and individual prosperity”.
“The exemplary conduct of have taken sure-footed steps to show that a new era is here. “Christ is the reason for the season. Christmas is here and it is one of the most joyous times of the year. It is filled with festivities, love, and sharing. May I, therefore, thank God Almighty for seeing us through all the odds and gains of the year.”
The Ikorodu born appreciated “the love, solidarity, and peace with which citizens and residents of the LCDA have continued to live together. I cherish the abiding faith and prayers of our brothers and sisters across religious lines. I value our investors and the business community for trusting us as the government. I also commend the political community and Apex leadership for their patriotism and continuous engagement aimed at Building Our Future Together.”
“Ikorodu West LCDA public servants, he says, “remain worthy and loyal partners”. He thank them and offers prayers for all.
“My prayer for all – the citizens, workers in public and private sectors, market men and women, traders, artisans, students and youth community – is that we all have a joyful and that your endeavours in New Year be more fulfillment in all our pursuits for a better tomorrow,” he enthuses.
He says he is “indeed honored and grateful to hold your mandate. I wish you all a very merry, safe and joyous Christmas and peaceful and prosperous New Year.”
ikorodu North Council boss, Hon Deola Banjo have canvassed for a peaceful coexistence amongst all residents of Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
Banjo’s goodwill message was made available to Push News 24 International on the 25th December 2021 as Christians all over the world celebrate the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Certified Builder turned politician admonished residents to share and show love with one another in the spirit of the season which are the attributes Jesus Christ represents and teaches while on earth.
Below is the goodwill message as received by Push News 24 International
BUILDER DEOLA BANJO CHRISTMAS MESSAGE
As Christmas indicates good tidings of hope and redemption, we should all look forward to a better community with peaceful coexistence.
I felicitate with our Christian brothers and sisters in particular, and all the good people of Ikorodu North LCDA on the joyous occasion of Christmas this year.
As Christendom commemorates the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, I enjoin all the good people of Ikorodu North LCDA to imbibe and demonstrate the essence of the season of love, giving, sharing, strengthening the bonds of brotherhood, good neighbourliness and focusing on all that bind us together as one entity.
Celebrating the spirit and virtues of Christmas need not be a one-day affair, but rather, ought to continue into the New Year.
I therefore, urge everyone to shun all actions which negate the spirit of this prosperous season.
May we all continue to have good reasons to celebrate in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
Ikorodu West LCDA number one citizen, Hon Sulaiman Kazeem Olanrewaju popularly called SKO says improving quality of education will continue to be his government’s priority.
SKO promised that more emphasis would be given to improve the Education system at the grasseoot level all through his tenor.
“Primary schools are the first stage of formal education usually for children between six and 12 years of age. They (primary schools) represent the foundations upon which the superstructure of education rests. Therefore, high-quality education at the technical colleges, mono-technics, polytechnics, and universities is anchored to robust primary schools. But unfortunately, this age-long reality is yet to be fully appreciated and appropriated by the government including its agencies”
According to him, laying a good foundation for these pupils is very important, especially at the primary level, saying that it will give him the joy to see the children grow to useful adults.
He was speaking during a well attended event as part of his 100 days in office activities where he distributed educational materials to the pupils and schools in the LCDA. He said since inception, his administration has always paid adequate attention to things that would give astronomical development to education at the grassroot.
“We will allocate an increasing share of resources to improve learning at the primary level in our effort to reform the educational sector,” he said.
The Council Boss, who interacted with some of the children emphasized the importance of character, in addition to learning, urging them not “to lose sight of the aspirations of the country.”
The Council helmsman posited that in the last 100 days, his administration has brought finesse, dynamism and purpose to governance in the grassroot.
” Within the said period, we have raised the stake to an enviable height, with verifiable developmental and people-driven projects dotting the nooks and crannies of the community”.
Speaking with newsmen after the presentation, a former Chairman of Ikorodu West LCDA and Apex Leader of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Hon JBB Banjoko lauded the huge investment of SKO on educational sector in the LCDA, describing Ikorodu West as one of the leading lights in the promotion of education in Lagos State.
The HRO Mr Omoteji commended the Council Boss for prioritising education and giving the sector the prime place as the bedrock of socioeconomic development of the Council, saying that ‘Ikorodu West has become a reference point in Lagos State.’
Push News International can confirm that SKO has sustained the continuous exercise books distribution to primary schools within the local council development Area.10 schools has so far benefited they include PRIDELAND INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, LIVINGSTONE COLLEGE, LOCAL GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL,IPAKODO,, LOCAL GOVERNMENT PRIMARY SCHOOL MAJIDUN, C&S PRIMARY SCHOOL 1. MAJIDUN, C&S SCHOOL 2 MAJIDUN, UPE PRIMARY SCHOOL AJAGURO, ANGLICAN PRIMARY SCHOOL ISAWO, COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL ITOWOLO and TOGEDEJOYE PRIMARY SCHOOL.
In attendance are Mr Omoteji (Council HRO), Mrs Jumoke Jimbo Ademehin (Immediate past chairman), Hon hide Banjoko Jide (Apex leader and former Chairman), Mrs OOT Benson (Apex leader), Mrs Afolashade Olunloyo , Prince Ade Benson, Engr Adesegun Ademehin, H.O.D Environment, HOD M.O.H, HOD Budget, HOD Information, Council Treasurer, Mrs. Adebisi S.A. LGEA Ikorodu, Hon Ajetunmobi fmr. Executive Secretary Ijede LCDA amongst others.