March 17, 2024

Hardship: Ojodu LCDA rolls out palliatives for vulnerable residents

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By Olasunkanmi Akoni

The Ojodu Local Council Development Area, LCDA, has distributed 2,500 bags of rice and other palliative’s to cushion the effects of economic hardship on residents in the area.

Chairman of the Ojodu LCDA, David Odunmbaku, stated this at a media briefing to highlight activities of his administration since assumption as well as future projects.

Odunmbaku said the 2,500 five kilogram bags of rice were distributed to the various wards to cushion the effect of the hardship, saying that the council ensured that the bags of rice got to those who needed them most.

He added that more of such palliatives would soon be distributed shortly.

He said although the economic situation had been challenging, the council had been able to procure 20 mini buses and employed drivers to convey workers to their offices as well as children to their schools.

The chairman, also said the Local council development Area had this year continued to roll out palliatives and provide interventions in various sectors  which included health, education, youths and women empowerment, infrastructure, sports, alternative energy among other initiatives for the benefit of residents.

He also said the council was committed to support and work collaboratively with the Lagos State Government’s Ministries, on health insurance scheme, roads’ rehabilitation, adopt a school programme, among others while strengthening partnership with local and foreign organisations to further alleviate the plight of residents.

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Odunmbaku, restated the commitment of his administration to creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the area, saying, “Over 225 applicants have been provided with loan facilities, solar panel installed in hospitals, sensitisation on drug abuse and clearing of drains as well as working on our inner roads, recreation facilities among other interventions.

“We have started distribution of rice, and other food packs to our vulnerable people in the area.”

The chairman, added that land has been identified for the proposed construction  of mini stadium with facilities for other sporting events.

“I can assure you that the contract would soon be awarded after necessary documentation gas been done, in accordance with relevant laws,”Odunbamku stated.

On road infrastructure, Odunmbaku revealed that the LCDA had within one year rehabilitated over four inner roads including, Fadeyi, Paul Avenue, Otunla and Umar Saro while the council sought the assistance of the Lagos State  Ministry of Works in finding a lasting solution to the bad portion of road at Area G, Ogba currently earmarked for repairs.

He said the council also rehabilitated Umaru Saro Drive in Oluwole Estate, Ogba; Tunji Olusanya Street, Ojodu, adding that in partnership with MTN, the council donated items worth N1 million to Life Fountain Orphanage at Omole Estate.

In the area of health, the council boss disclosed that the Apata Primary Health Centre (PHC) was rehabilitated, while the Gbadamosi and Apata PHCs had been upgraded to offer 24 hours services with alternative power supply provided.

Odunmbaku added that the council donated N1 million to a kidney patient, Mrs Hassan Adebamijoko as well as unveiled the Agidingbi PHC.

“We organized free mammogram for women (40 years and above) at Ogba PHC in conjunction with Nigerian Physicians in America. We partnered with Eko Club of Atlanta on free medical mission at NIJ for hundreds of beneficiaries. We organized Cervical Screening Project in conjunction with LASUTH at Ogba PHC,” he said.

Odunmbaku also said the council organised free surgical, medical mission and health insurance for 1,000 residents.

He further disclosed that the council distributed four patrol vans each to Ojodu, Ogba, Agege, Alausa and Pen Cinema Police Stations.

“We partnered with KENNOL on vocational training of 20 youths in mechanical, electrical and plumbing works. We engaged Flux Technology to train 32 youths and workers on UI/UX, Data Analytics and Digital Marketing. We organized Workshop on Gender Based Violence for Women Development and we organized three months mega training programme skills acquisition and business management for 250 residents,” he disclosed.

In the area of education, Odunmbaku revealed that the council distributed back to school kits to pupils, upgraded ICT centre at Shogunro to Information Technology hub with alternative power supply for manpower development in relevant courses.

“We organized coaching classes for GCE and JAMB candidates at Information Technology Hub for proficiency in CBT. We donated N1 million toward procurement of buses for NUT Ikeja Branch. We donated free JAMB and GCE forms to 1,000 students. We distributed furniture and exercise books to Junior Secondary School and Primary Schools and we empowered teachers with cash gift of N1 million in partnership with Adedeji Awolola Foundation to reward performance,” he added.

Odunmbaku said the council trained 60 youths on Waste to Wealth creation in partnership with Rotary Club Gbagada and LAWMA  and distributed toolkits, which included sewing machines, automobile repair tools, make-up kits and blending machines to women and youths.

He disclosed that the council donation cash and food items through the Widows Food Bank to 100 widows, elderly and physically challenged people.