By Bose Adelaja
A member of the Edo State House of Assembly, Dele Oloruntoba, has assured Ekpedo community in Akoko-Edo Constituency in the state of his determination to bring infrastructure development to the agrarian community.
Speaking during a meeting with executive members of Ekpedo Development Association, EDA, Lagos, he said his visit was meant to show gratitude to the people as well as outline areas of need in the days ahead. In his words: “While I am here to appreciate everyone who has contributed in no small measure in ensuring that the people’s wish was not subverted by enemies of democracy, I want to use my office to serve my people,” he said.
The lawmaker, who lamented that Ekpedo had suffered neglect and years of under-development, stressed that it was time things took a more adventurous shape for the good of the people.
In his response, EDA Secretary General, Lagos branch, Daisi Seriki, thanked the lawmaker for finding time out of his busy schedule to visit the union, which he described as the first home to all Ekpedo natives, both home and abroad.
Seriki, who prayed God to protect the lawmaker, however, said several abandoned developmental projects in the community, including the solar energy project and community secondary school, were in need of rehabilitation.
“The new solar energy project has been abandoned just as existing ones require urgent attention. There is also the need to galvanize efforts so as to attract cottage industries and generate employment opportunities for the youths, and the increasing lack of sponsorship for the annual Ekpedo Day,” he said.