28th February, 2012
As Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State continues to canvass against the construction of multiple boreholes in the state for fear of natural disaster, residents of Iju-Ishaga in Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government Area have pleaded with the state government to provide potable water in the area.
The residents noted that in spite of the existence of the Adiyan water works in the area, from which water is being pumped to other communities in Lagos, Iju-Ishaga has continued to suffer the absence of water in the community.
They lamented the wide gap between the demand and supply for water thereby exerting pressure on the residents to source for the all important liquid from far places.
The residents led by their monarch, the delegation of the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Local Government Administration and Chieftaincy Affairs when the latter visited the Ifako-Ijaiye, Ojokoro and Agbado-Okeodo Local Council Development as part of its oversight functions, that they were not happy about the situation.
The residents said it had become important that the community be provided with potable water to avert water related diseases.
Also, residents of Agbado Okeodo LCDA urged the state government to construct a General Hospital in the area lamenting that the Primary Health Care Centre built by the LCDA could not serve the large number of people in the area.
While lamenting that the Suberu Oje Canal project had been abandoned by the contractor, they further appealed to the government to construct pedestrian bridges along the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway to avert accidents that occur daily on the route.
Chairman of the Ojokoro LCDA, Mr. Benjamin Olabinjo, told the visitors that the Council is faced with enormous challenges,but that the tier of government was able to construct and rehabilitate roads that include Olaleye,Olarokun, Mofolasayo Drive, Ogundipe and Runsewe Estate.
Olabinjo stated that the primary health centres in the area have been renovated,equipped with qualified personnel and modern equipment in order to meet basic medical needs of the people.
Responding, Chairman of the Committee and leader of the delegation, Olanrewaju Oshun, promised that all their requests would be forwarded to the governor for his attention.
He also implored residents to collaborate with the government in the execution of its policies particularly in the area of security which has been of great concern to the government.