By Olasunkanmi Akoni
AS Lagos State Government continues to roll out different programmes in the run up to grand-finale of the celebration of Lagos State @50, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, penultimate Friday, led members of the State Executive Council and other top officials of the state government to Shibiri/Ekunpa area office in Oto-Awori Local Council Development Area, LCDA, venue of the second quarterly Town Hall Meeting for the year and seventh in the series.
Oto-Awori, one of the 37 LCDAs carved out from Ojo Local Government witnessed a large turnout. The governor, in his opening remarks, said he was specifically excited to be in their midst to get first hand information on the needs of the community and how his administration could respond accordingly.
For him, Oto-Awori was part and parcel of his promise to run an all inclusive government, thus no community would be left behind in the quest by his administration to ensure all round development of the state. “The train of our quarterly town hall meeting has arrived in Ojo, the home of our dependable and reliable Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Idiat Oluranti Adebule. I salute the good people of Ojo and the Lagos West Senatorial Zone. We are very happy to be here with you today,” Ambode said.
Thus, the governor took over one hour to allow residents cutting across community leaders, traditional rulers, market women, youth leaders and party leaders in the area to ask questions.
Responding to the request for a general hospital to be constructed in the area, Ambode said three new facilities have been catered for in the 2017 budget.
“Talking about general hospitals, in the budget we have designated general hospitals for three areas and Ojo Local Government is one of them. It is in the pipeline, it’s just a matter of time, we are already closing in on it,” he said.
Assuring that efforts would be made to improve healthcare service delivery in the riverine area in Oto Awori, he said, “This area is traditionally and historically known to be a major supporter of government and then we must repay them for the support which they have always been known for.”
The governor also acceded to the request of the residents for the rehabilitation of the access roads linking the area to the Alimosho General Hospital which they currently use pending the construction of a nearby general hospital and directed the State Public Works Corporation to immediately fix the roads to improve accessibility to the facility.
Apparently, irked by the number of uncompleted road projects across the state, Governor Ambode also directed contractors handling the projects to immediately return to their various sites, warning that his administration would not hesitate to terminate such contracts.
“If we are able to do a link bridge in 11 months, if we are able to do Ajah flyover in 13 months and Abule Egba flyover in 13 months and we are going to commission all of them next month, how can these roads be there forever? So, obviously we should use the same spirit of delivering service to do all the outstanding roads. The Ministry of Works must go back to these sites, I must know what is going on within the next few days,” the governor said.
He listed some of the projects to include Mile 10 Road, Mowo Road, Tedi Road, Ilaje Road, Goriola Oseni Road, Sabo Mosafejo Road and Imude Orisa Road where only 1.5km of the road was covered by the contractor. “These are contracts already awarded, it’s for our own contractors to go there and finish the job, so the responsibility is on us to make sure you deliver these roads within the shortest possible time and that’s what it should be,” he said.
The governor also said that he had approved that all the mini waterworks across the state, numbering about 41 should be functional within the next 12 weeks to ensure that residents have access to clean and potable water. Addressing issues concerning the physically challenged, Ambode also directed that the Civil Service Commission and the Local Government Civil Service Commission should put modalities in place to employ at least 250 physically challenged people into the State Civil Service.
Highlighting some of his administration’s strides in the last quarter, the governor said the Neighborhood Watch was rebranded and launched as the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps and provided with equipment to combat illegal activities within the populace, explaining that the corps will complement the efforts of the police in curbing crime and criminality in the state.