The Chairman of Ojodu Local Council Development Area (LCDA), David Odunmbaku has assured residents of the area of his administration’s commitment to improve their standards of living.
He restated this at a roundtable with newsmen in Ikeja as part of activities marking his two years in office.
Odunmbaku explained that in the last two years, the LCDA under his leadership had carried out development projects cutting across sectors such as Health, Education, Environment, Youths empowerment and Social Infrastructure, including road rehabilitation.
He disclosed that seven roads in the Council area had been given face-lift, while over 2,000 youths had been empowered with skills as part of efforts to reduce unemployment.
According to him, the seven primary healthcare centres in the LCDA had been rehabilitated, while two of them were upgraded to a 24-hour service delivery, with one becoming a full-fledged maternity hospital.
To cushion the impact of the current economic hardship, Odunmbaku said 14 mini-buses were released to some residents of the LCDA to ease transportation, while plans are underway to provide free shuttle buses for students and pupils when school resume in September.
He said arrangements are also underway in partnership with LAWMA to turn waste to energy to boost electricity supply.
The Ojodu LCDA Council boss urged residents of the area to be patient and continue to cooperate with government at all levels.
He said they should look forward to more poverty alleviating initiatives from his administration, including widows food bank, protein day, during which meat would be sold at very cheap price, while another palliative market days, during which all items would be sold at a subsidized rate of one N1,000 would also be held before the end of the year.
Odunmbaku added that his administration is also planning to decongest the Ogunnusi Road by opening and upgrading inner roads.
On Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), the council chairman berated some big organisations in the area for not engaging in such noble responsibility.
He lamented that companies like Coca Cola and Guinness had failed to carry out CSR in the council, but would prefer to deal with the Lagos State Government.
In the last one year, Odunmbaku disclosed that the council has raked in between N60m to N70m as Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), adding that his government was still trying to improve on the IGR.
He also hinted of plans to redevelop the popular Sunday market to take in more people, saying that when it rains, there is always the issue of flooding.