31st May, 2011
Residents of Agbede Otunba, Olosugbo, Idiorogbo, Ebuwawa, Eleja Aro, Sangosanya, Tikulosoro, Ajegunle, Idi-Agbalumo, Orimedu and some others called Agbede Communities in Ikorodu Local Government Area of Lagos State, have appealed to Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola to come to their aid in terms of provision of infrastructure facilities.
They lamented that for many years of the communitiesâ€™ existence, no single government project has been executed in the area either from the local or state government despite the fact that the play their civic roles and a part of the governorâ€™s victory at the polls.
They lamented that the communities still lack good roads, recreational facilities, potable water, schools and public health facilities.
Evangelist Oluwasegun Famoritade, Chairman, Onward Community Development Association, Agbede Olosugbo, who spoke with Lagos Bulletin on behalf of the communities, said that past administrations in the state did as if their communities were not in existence while several promises made to them were unfulfilled.
Famoritade said the communities with over 300,000 people, can only boast of a primary school, Omolayo Primary School and a recently established junior secondary school, built through communal effort.
He stated further that before the establishment of the secondary school, their children and wards had to trek several kilometres to school and with the establishment of the junior secondary school, students in senior school still have to trek a long distance to get to school in neighbouring communities.
On the problem of electricity, the CDA chairman said there are more than enough transformers to supply power to the area but the problem being faced over than is the sub-injection station for which a piece of land has been provided but still waiting for officials of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) for the installation.
He therefore called on the Governor Babatunde Fashola-led administration in the state to come to their aid so that they could also be beneficiaries of dividends of democracy.
â€œWe have played our part by voting for the governor and now that he has been re-elected, we want him to help us to bring development to our communities.
â€œThe only elected person that has been of help to us is Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, who donated some benches and desks to the schools. Also, the Ministry of Rural Development donated some transformers, but still, we are far behind in terms of development. Our governor should please come to our aid,â€ the CDA chairman pleaded.