25th March, 2011
Residents of border towns in Ogun State have called on the governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Senator Ibikunle Amosun to come their aid as the infrastructure in the area are in very deplorable state.
In an open letter to Amosun and signed by community leaders such as Dr. Olu Adenibuyan, Mr. Ezekiel Uzebu, Mr. Oluremi Ogunfowokan and Mr. Francis Oyisu, the residents said they decided to come together to make common presentation of the suffering of the people in the communities and proffer possible solution to the problems.
According to them, “we represent the elite and leadership of most of the CDAs in the border towns of Ogun with Lagos State. We have come together not as a political party but for the collective interest of the people. The border towns of Ogun State, including Akute with extensions to Iju, Ajuwon, Denro, Fabolude, Abule Alausa, Alagbole, Ogunlowo, Lambe, Matogun, Otun, Oke-Aro, Egan, Arifala, Agbado up to Sango Ota, etc., have suffered untold hardship in the past 8 years with nothing to show as a democratic dividend.
“We have identified problems relating to bad roads, lack of drainages, lack of security, lack of health centres, water supply, severe flooding during the rainy season and lack of infrastructure. Though electricity generation is a national problem, the communities lack adequate transformers. There is need for urban renewal and slum upgrading.”
The community leaders also said that “after various meetings and deliberations, we have come to the conclusion that the main cause of under development in these areas is the phenomenal growth of metropolitan Lagos across its border into Ogun State thereby merging the two states and the lack of cooperation between the two state governments which is essential for the success of the development of the border towns.”
“In view of the identified problems and the lack of cooperation between the PDP government of Ogun and the ACN government of Lagos State, we have decided, based on the following superior argument, to vote massively for an ACN government in Ogun State during the forthcoming general elections.
The leaders also want an assurance of cooperation with the government of Lagos State for a joint border development and institutional mechanism to organise and resolve all infrastructure, operational, environmental and other issues.
They called for help to address the lack of good roads and drainages that has deterred development and has created the lopsided development between the border towns and the urban centres as well as among other local government areas.
“We request for a local government area or at least a local council development area (LCDA) as we have in Lagos. Ifo LGA as an example is so large that its headquarters is out of the reach of most of the border towns. Other needs are provision of primary and secondary schools, more transformers, health centres,” they said, adding “we look forward and pray for your victory at the polls.”