LG Elections 2017: Uncommon Comrade Kehinde Okeowo Offers Herself for Service
As the coast gradually clearing for the local government elections in Lagos State, more people are declaring intentions to occupy the chairmanship and councillorship positions across the 20 Local Councils and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) in the state.
While many interests are borne of personal desires, others were as a result of people asking them to go into the race and redeem their people because of their exemplary and selfless services over the years. Few others are combination of the above factors.
One of such few people whose interests are borne out of personal conviction and urge by the people is Comrade (Mrs) Kehinde Okeowo, a Community Health Officer (rtd.), Community builder per excellence, an activist, a Comrade-leader, Unionist of note, a politician of remarkable ability, an exemplary Christian and a mother with deep sense of commitment and dedication to community development.
She is vying for the Chairmanship position of the Ikorodu Local Government, a position no woman has occupied in elective capacity since the inception of the council.
It was gathered that the former NULGE Chairman in Ikorodu LG still maintains her cordial relationship with Civil/Public Service in Ikorodu and at state level despite her retirement,which is why she is still maintaining her leadership role within the Ikorodu Division Public Service Forum.
Aside the public/civil service, her influence also cut-across different political groups within and outside Ikorodu, same with religious, social and professional groups.
A key member of her campaign organization informed THE IMPACT that her understanding of the local government system, social and traditional settings and economic system of Ikorodu stands her out of other aspirants.
At the send-forth ceremony organized for her by the Ikorodu Local Government after 35years of meritorious service, dignitaries at the occasion attested to her virtues and selfless service to the community and humanity.
Hon. Sanai Oyeniran Bolanle Agunbaide,Majority Leader,Lagos State House of Assembly while speaking at the event said, “the good deeds of the retiree to her work while in service and community shall continue to follow her in retirement. I also want to enjoin those still in service to emulate the selflessness and commitments of the retiree so that after 35years, people can have positive things to talk about you too and tangible achievements to point at.”
Barrister Babajimi Benson, Member, Federal House of Representatives, Ikorodu Federal constituency,in his own remark stated,“it is not easy to put in 35years in a particular establishment except there is divine intervention. And if all these retireeshave put in 35years without blemish, it means that you have been keeping to the tenets of your faith which importantly means showing loves to work, community and co-workers”.
He added, “Though retired ,you should not be tired by putting into use the trainings, experiences and wisdom acquired during the service into the community development.”
Moreso,Mr Rotimi Erogbogbo in his own speech described the retiree as a woman of many parts and acknowledged her commitment and dedication to the service of Ikorodu, Lagos State and humanity in general.
Mr Ganiu Abiru, former Clerk/Permanent Secretary, Lagos State House of Assembly and former Sole Administrator, Ikorodu Local Government,equally has this to say about her,“Comrade Okeowo is a sensible and committed worker, very hardworking and industrious woman. During my days in Ikorodu local government, she helped greatly in stabilizing my administration as the NULGE leader then. She is equally very active in community development.”
The former executive Secretary, Ikorodu local Government who was the host at the ceremony, Hon. Wasiu Adeshina, stated, “It is a glorious retirement after 35years of active service. Comrade Okeowo has been an embodiment of commitment and dedication and we are truly going to miss her service. She is a woman of virtue and gave everything in the service of the NULGE and her community.”
The numerous awards and recognitions that have trailed her activities after retirement have shown that she is not tired as she has since been contributing to the social, economic, traditional and political developments of Ikorodu. Chiefly among these awards and recognitions were 2016 Most Outstanding Advocate for Community Development at the 2017 Ikorodu Man of the Year Award (IMOYA), Award of Excellence with other seven who have been contributing to the development of the party and Ikorodu division, by Hon. Babajimi Benson and iCare Foundation recently among many others.
Comrade (Mrs) Kehinde Olusola Okeowo retired from the local Government service after 35years as Community Chief Health Officer in Ikorodu Local Government. She is the Coordinator, Ikorodu Public Service Day Celebration; Member, Ikorodu-Oga Development Association (IKODASS); Member, Conference of Leaders in Ikorodu (COLID), Leader, Asiwaju Grassroots Foundation, Ikorodu and Woman Leader, Babajimi Benson political group among many other positions of authority she is presently occupying.
Mrs Kehinde Okeowo attended Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Ogbomosho in 2010, University of Benin Teaching Hospital Community Training, Centre for Community Health Officers, Ekpoma, Benin 2007, Lagos State School of Health Technology, Yaba, 1990-1993, Lagos State School of Health Technology, Yaba, 1982-1983, United Modern School, Ikorodu, 1973-1977 and African Bethel Primary School, Ikorodu , 1963-1973.
Among her numerous academic and professional qualifications include Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work, 2010, Community Health Practitioners Officer’s Diploma, 2007, General Certificate of Education, 2003, Community Health Workers Certificate, 1993, Community Health Aide Certificate, 1983, G 4 Certificate, 1977 and First School Leaving Certificate, 1973.
She has also worked at various levels of community health services among which are: Primary Health Certificate Ita Elewa, Ikorodu, 1980-1982, PHC Bayeku Health Post1983-1985, PHC Majidun Primary Health Care Centre 1985-1988, Ipakodo Primary Health Care Centre1988-2000, Ikorodu Local government Staff Clinic 2000-2004, Emmanuel Osunowo Children Clinic 2004-2006 and Primary Health Centre, Ita Elewa, Ikorodu 2008-2011
To update and equipped herself during service days, she also attended several workshops,seminars and conferences. Some of which include Participant, Trade Union Education Course Organized by Nigeria Labour Congress, Women Committee, Lagos State, Lagos. 7-9 March, 2001, Participant, Seminar on Growth Monitoring for Health Personnel, Ikorodu LGA, Lagos. 13th August, 2001, Participant, Gender (Women) Mainstreaming in Trade Unionism by NULGE (National) held at Shiroro hotels, Minna, Niger state, 24th July, 2003, Participant, Women Succeeding Together, A National Women Conference by Committee of Wives, Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) held at Eko Hotel, Lagos, 5-10 October, 2003, Participant, Seminar on National programme on Immunization held at Ikorodu LGA, Lagos, 5th April, 2004 and 10th May, 2005, Participant, Orientation Seminar programme on Mofern Trade Union for newly inaugurated Branch Officials of the Union by NULGE State Branch, 8th January, 2004 and Introduction Course for newly elected executives by NULGE State Branch, 27th October, 2005.
Others are Psychological training Workshop for Health can Providers in Ikorodu LGA under the anchor project funded by USAID organized by Hope Worldwide Nigeria, 20-24 February, 2006, Training for Senior Community Extension Workers on Community participation on action in the social sector (COMPASS/USAID) Funded project held at Ogudu PHC, Kosofe LG, Lagos, 16-18 May, 2006, Seminar on breast feeding organized by New Era foundation, Lagos State, 18th August, 2006, NUTRI Health, Region Workshop and Seminar held at Avian influence Rapid response organized by Federal Ministry of Health officers on Accident and Emergency Medical Services @ LASUTH Training Centre, Ikeja, Lagos 1-5 June, 2009 and Participant, “Nigeria women are coming” 2nd All Nigerian Women Leaders Conference: April 20-25, 2009 @ National Centre for Women development, Abuja, Nigeria, Participant, Workshop for Union Executives and LG Management, Held at Excellence Hotels, Ikeja, and Lagos 8/16th June, 2009 and Participant, Women Succeeding Together. A National Women Conference by Committee of Wives of Lagos State officials (CWLSO) Held at Eko Hotels, Lagos 8-10 October, 2010 among many others.
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