June 11, 2009

Lagos residents lament menace of area boys

By Gbenga Akanmu
Residents of Lagos Mainland constituencies 1 and 11 have raised alarm over the menace of local government touts and area boys who harass residents and motorists in Yaba.

This was made known during the Lagos Mainland Town Hall meeting organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly at Hoarse Methodist Cathedral Hall, Yaba, yesterday.

The residents also want the state government to provide infrastructure and employment for their youths.

A community leader in Abule-Ijesha, Amida Alli Dauda, said the Abule-Ijesha road which was last attended to by the Jakande administration had become an eye-sore and needed to be reconstructed, and also asked the state government to build a befitting hospital for the community.

Another resident, Lasisi Lateef  asked the state government to make money available to the local councils to build cottage industries that would provide jobs for the youths.

Speaking earlier, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji, said the need to support the executive arm accounted for the Town Hall meeting, adding that the Assembly would continue to work in concert with the executive arm to ensure that views and interests of the people were given preference in the development agenda of the government.

“I, therefore, urge all of you, our constituents, to provide us with information that can assist us in our collective drive to make you feel the positive impact of the government,” Ikuforiji said.

Commending the House for the laudable programme, Chairman, Yaba Local Council Development Authority, Jide Jimoh, said laws could not be made in a vacuum but must meet the aspirations of the people, adding: “The forum provides an avenue for the legislature to get feedback, stock-taking and rendering of stewardship to the people.”