By Olasunkanmi Akoni
RESIDENTS ofÂ Ejigbo Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, who are 60 years and above, are about to reap the dividends of the creation of new councils following the presentation of a bill: â€œSenior Citizens Reimbursement Scheme Regulation,â€ to residents by the councilâ€™s legislators.
The lawmakers, who are elected councilors in the six political wards of Ejigbo LCDA, presented the proposed bill to the residents at the July edition of the councilâ€™s monthly public hearing.
Participants drawn from the six wards of the LCDA unanimously accepted the contents of the bill. They commended the legislators for initiating a process of providing succour for the aged in the area. They also commended the LCDA Chairman, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan for his visionary leadership.
Section one of the proposed bill states: â€œAs from the commencement of the bye law, Ejigbo Local Council Development Area shall be under a duty to reimburse suitably eligible senior citizens that are resident within the council area.â€
Section two explained that the reimbursement scheme shall be essential benefits such as social security, health and elder care, while part two of the same section stated that the local government shall not be under any duty to run the social security, health care and elder care concurrently, but intermittently depending on the exigency of the executive chairman.
For aged residents to benefit from the scheme, section three stipulated that the beneficiaries shall be senior citizens who possess concrete evidence of birth certificates or its equivalent.
In another development, the council chairman, appealed to residents, particularly Jakande Estate, Oke_Afa, to exercise patience with the council, as efforts were on to find a lasting solution to the deplorable condition of the road opposite the gate.
Bamigbetan, made the appeal while on inspection tour of rehabilitation work on the road. The council boss who was accompanied on the inspection tour by the councilâ€™s vice â€“ chairman and supervisor for Works, Alhaji Monsurudeen Bello, Elder Olu Arulogun and the councils Engineer, Engr. Olaniyan Kayode, explained that his administration awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of the road, to TTT Construction company over eight months ago, but the contractor could not move to site because of some challenges.
He added that the challenges centred around the poor drainage system on the road, which if not solved, would not produce a better result at the end of the day.
His words: â€œThe contractor is now fully on site, work is going on. Those who do not have enough patience or enough information about what effort the council was making to ensure that the road is rehabilitated are the ones making a lot of noise, giving the public the impression that nothing is going on. I can assure you the contractor will finish the project in four to six weeks.â€
Bamigbetan, also said other challenges which delayed the commencement of the job were resource constraint and the fact that there were other more urgent priorities.
He disclosed that the council saw it as a priority and part of its responsibility to find a final solution to the road problem, when it discovered that the Lagos State Development Property company, LSDPC and Lagos Building Investment Company Limited, LBIC), the two agencies in charge of the estate were not ready to do anything about the road.