-Ikorodu will produce highest poll result in 2019-Hon. Benson
Hon. Gboyega Ologijo, Mr Lookman Awobodu and Mr Jerry Martins were among hundreds of other chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that were received into the Ikorodu branch of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ikorodu Local Government.
At the event held at the APC Secretariat in Ikorodu on Thursday, February 22, 2018, were hundreds of PDP members who decamped into the ruling party at the state level in November 2017.
While Mr Gboyega Ologijo and Mr Lookman Awobodu were received into the party at the divisional and local council area levels of APC respectively , hundreds of others were admitted at ward levels of the party.
Alhaji Taiwo Longe, APC Chairman in Ikorodu LGA, in his address stated that a team of old PDP members led by Mr Ologijo were being welcomed into the various levels of the ruling party .
“What we are here for today is the admittance of Hon. Ologijo at the divisional level of the party, Mr Lookman Awobodu at the LGA and hundreds of others at ward levels into our party” ,Alhaji Longe stated.
“They are not just decamping into our party and by extension not new, they are among those that were admitted into our party last November alongside Sen. Musliu Obanikoro. While Sen. Obanikoro was admitted at the state level, others were admitted at various levels.
He said that ge felt fulfilled seeing that the party is growing in number while enjoining party members to register to get their Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
“It is a thing of joy for me personally to have a very large house. I want to appeal to you all to ensure that you all register and get your PVC. That is the only thing that would proof that you truly love APC”, Longe challenged party members.
“It will get to a time that your membership of the party would be determined by your PVC because it is only those with the card that truly love and serious about our party, others without their PVC are just admirers.
“Only those with PVC are adding values to our party”, he declared.
The party chairman also expressed his displeasure at the polarization within the party and challenged Hon. Wasiu Adeshina, the Ikorodu Local Government Chairman, to play the role of a father to all and bring everybody on board.
Hon. Babajimi Benson, member, Federal House of Representatives, while presenting the APC flag to the new members stated that:
“It is time for us to improve on electoral votes in Lagos State. We have to move from the record of around 1.5million votes to 5million votes. This is the concern of the leader of our party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
“Ikorodu especially must strive to improve its electoral figures and be number one in Lagos State in terms of number of votes that would be recorded in the forthcoming elections.
“I’m happy that we are not admitting remnants of PDP but those with electoral values that would help in achieving maximum votes for APC in Ikorodu. We are going to be number in Lagos State”, Hon. Benson assured.
Hon. Ologijo while speaking at the event stated that he was happy to be part of the APC family.
“I’m happy to join the APC family which to me is a progressive party. There is no more PDP in Ikorodu and Lagos State as a whole. We are the engine room of PDP in Ikorodu and since we have left them, they no longer exists.
“Our group is made up of loyal, committed and dedicated people. We always respect constituted authority wherever we are and always abide by the rules.
“We are not in APC to contest for any position but to contribute to its progress”, Hon. Ologijo stated.
Mr Lookman Awobodu in his own speech stated that those joining the APC are members of the Patriot Group who are followers of Sen. Obanikoro.
He also affirmed the statements by Hon. Ologijo that his former party is no longer in existence in Ikorodu.
According to the decampees, other members and chieftains of PDP in Ikorodu that were joining APC were Hon. Kazeem Abatan, former PDP candidate in Ikorodu Constituency I for the Lagos State House of Assembly seat, Hon. Akeju, former PDP candidate in Ikorodu Constituency II for Lagos State House of Assembly seat and Mr Jerry Martins among others.
Also among the decampees were the only PDP Councillor in Ikorodu LGA and all the Councillorship Candidates of the party in the last Local Government elections.
Who is your personality of 2017 and what event will you pick as the event with most impact within the year in review?
The underlisted fifteen individuals and events were shortlisted list by THE IMPACT editorial board from a lengthy list that were considered.
They made the final list because of their impacts, spread and implications on the division.
Another major consideration is their dominance on social media discourse.
We are now requesting that you should be part of the final process by helping us pick THE IMPACT Personality of the Year 2017 and THE IMPACT Event of the Year 2017. Thank you for your cooperation.
This exercise is being conducted on THE IMPACT social media platforms i.e. blog: impactnewspaper.wordpress.com, Twitter: impactnewspaper1, instagram – The Impact Newspaper, WhatsApp: Impact News – Community and Facebook: The Impact Newspaper – Community.
IMPACT Events of 2017
1.The Badoo Menace:
The ritual killings by suspected group called ‘Badoo’ really instilled fears in residents across the Ikorodu division. The unfortunate development, which commenced in 2016, took a deadly dimension in 2017as many residents and their families were brutally killed in their sleeps in Ikorodu, Odogunyan, Ibeshe, Lajo, Olu-Odo/Adegbose, and Imota among other areas.
The residents, in guarding themselves against the senseless massacre when it appeared that the State Government and Security Operatives were not doing enough to overpower the deadly gang, formed vigilance groups in their respective communities and made bonfires as they remained awake for many nights while they subjected several suspcted persons apprehended during that period to jungle justice as a way of retaliating the terror unleashed on them by the gang.
2.Demolition of Houses to pave way for road constructions in Igbogbo/Bayeku and Ikorodu West LCDAs
Demolition of houses in Igbogbo/Bayeku and Ikorodu West Local Council Development Areas to pave way for the construction of Igbogbo-Bola Tinubu-Afa-Ijede and Agric-Owutu-Isawo-Isheri roads respectively caused great discomfort to residents, especially the owners of the demolished buildings as hundreds of houses were demolished without the state government paying compensation.
Although, there were notifications long before the demolished exercise, many residents were still caught unaware.
3.Asa festival and revival of culture in Ikorodu
Asa festival, which was organized by a socio-cultural and research group, IREP-Ikorodu Division Rebirth Foundation initiated by Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, hugely succeeded in placing Ikorodu division on the state and global tourism map.
IREP emergence was greeted with massive acceptance across the length and breadth of the division.
The initiative led to the revival of dying cultural heritages as about 10 communities were given monetary and technical assistance to showcase and parade Asa masquerades during the staging of Asa festival in October 2017 which recorded an impressive attendance of traditional rulers across Yorubaland as well as important political figures and other eminent dignitaries while notable musicians such as Alhaji Wasiu Alabi Pasuma, Qdot,Fabo,and Valentine thrilled the massive crowd that turned out to witness the cultural festival.
The festival received the Lagos State Government’s recognition as IREP was presented with certificate of recognition of the festival as an annual cultural event.
It also received the recognition of many national and international organizations, institutions, traditional rulers etc.
4.Rebranding of Ikorodu-Oga Day Celebration by the Otunba Ganiyu Abiru led IKODASS executive
The 2017 Ikorodu-Oga Day Celebration in all ramifications gave a new hope to the people and charted a new direction for Ikorodu. Unlike in the recent past, Ikorodu – Oga Development Association (IKODASS), the organizer of the annual cultural celebration, received massive supports and cooperation from associations, clubs, groups and individuals, many of which had severed ties with the association.
The unprecedented successes recorded at the 2017 Ikorodu Oga Day celebration, according to report, was not unconnected to the new ideas and innovations introduced by the current IKODASS executive led by Otunba Ganiyu Abiru, a former Clerk of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
The annual celebration, unlike the recent previous editions, enjoyed tremendous contributions from the public, especially the youths and residents who were adequately carried along in all the activities marking the celebration.
The activities were well planned and executed inspite of challenges posed by lack of time and funds among others.
5.2017 Igbogbo Day Celebration which heralded the consciousness for a new beginning in Igbogbo community
No doubt, the 2017 Igbogbo Day Celebration has set a new standard for organizers of Ikorodu-Oga Day in Ikorodu, Ayayo Day in Imota, Ijede Day in Ijede, among other annual community day celebrations in Ikorodu division in terms of organization, mobilization and sponsorship among others.
The event truly heralded a new dawn in Igbogbo kingdom as the duo of His Royal Majesty, Oba Semiudeen Kasali, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, and Comrade Sesan Daini, Chairman,Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA, provided impactful traditional and political leadership which contributed immensely to the support and participation enjoyed by the celebration from the indigenes and residents.
The 2017 Igbogbo Day celebration, which was celebrated alongside the First Coronation Anniversary of Oba Kasali, was a 10day event used in mobilizing various sections of the community towards Igbogbo development, showcasing cultural heritages and impacting the residents, both socially and economically.
- Renounciation of cultism and submission of arms by cultists across the Ikorodu division
This is another event which its accompanied impact vibrated across the length and breadth of Ikorodu division in 2017. From Ikorodu, Igbogbo, Ijede Imota to other communities in the division, the popular Vigilante group, Onyabo, led by its chieftains, Lanre Olabinjo and Olalekan Pelumi, and in collaboration with the traditional institutions and local government authorities, leveraged on statement of the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, during the 2017 One Lagos Fiesta, that amnesty would be giving to cult members that renounced their membership, to received repented cultists and arms surrendered by them.
Thousands of the cultists, mostly youths, renounced cultism and submitted their arms and other dangerous weapons at various events supervised by the Lagos State Police Command.
- Controversial LG Elections in Ikorodu Division
The 2017 LG Elections was another major event that rocked the 6 LG and LCDAs in Ikorodu division. The election polarized the political class as the ruling party’s candidates were determined through power politics against party primaries.
8.LG Chairmanship Political Debate on THE IMPACT platform
For the first time in the history of social media, THE IMPACT Group on his whatssApp chat platform, organized a political debate among the chairmanship aspirants for the 6 LG and LCDAs in Ikorodu division. The three day debate generated huge interest and provided platform members opportunity to interact with many of the aspirants on the plans, agendas, capacity and background among others.
- Lagos @50 celebrations in Ikorodu Division
Prior to the celebration, there were serious criticism from the Ikorodu division of the state because of what the perceived lopsidedness of the activities that were lined up for the celebration. This forced the government to review the programmes and included some of the people’s demands. The protest also led to the decentralization of some of the programmes. Aming the events of the Lagos @50 held in Ikorodu division were boat regatta, Lagos love the cinema, community day and club/association day among others.
- LASPOTECH’s CONTISS 15 Migration controversies
The citadel of learning and pride of Ikorodu, Lagos State Polytechnic, which as its main campus and the administrative seat in Ikorodu also made it into the top ten IMPACT’s events of 2017.
Within the year in review, the Rector of the school with his management team had collision on several occasions with the three unions and the students regarding the controversial CONTISS 15 Migration. The controversy resulted into many protests within the school premises, the Ayangbure palace, Lagos State House of Assembly and Lagos House in Ikeja.
During one of the protests, men of the Nigerian Army attached with 174 Battalion, Odogunyan forcefully dispersed the students leading brutalization of many students’ activists and attack on lecturers.
The problem remained unresolved despite the intervention of many personalities and the Lagos State Assembly.
- 2017 One Lagos Fiesta
This annual fiesta which is the initiative of the administration of Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has become an integral part of the state as residents always look forward to the 8 days of ceaseless music and other entertaining displays.
The keen interest and importance attached to it by the people could be seen from the reactions that trailed the attempted change of the venue from Ikorodu Town hall to Cherubim & Seraphim Primary School/Govt College, Ikorodu.
The 8day musical activities from December 24, 2017 to the morning of January 1, 2018, witnessed A-list artistes like 9ice, Sound Sultan, Lil Kesh, Mr P of the Psquare fame, Small Doctor, Malaika, Ospa, Sir Shina Peters, Lanre Teriba, Kenny St. Ogungbe, Valentine, LAX, Tony Tetuila, Idris Abdulkareem, Azadus, Qdot, CDQ and Aweni Waka among others performing. Popular comedians like Gbenga Adeyinka, Omo Baba and Afo also added colours.
Deejays Mickey4, Shina, Jaju and Annex among others managed the turntable during the 2017 fiesta.
- Sabo Market Demolition
The demolition of Sabo market was a major incident that characterized not only the economic live of Ikorodu division in 2017, but also the social and political lives. Unknown caterpillar and soldiers had entered the market complex at ungodly hours and demolished a section of the market with goods of hundreds of the marketers.
The wailing, sorrow, tears and blood hat followed lingered on for months and the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, the Majority Leader of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, the traditional ruler of Ikorodu, Oba Adewale Shotobi, the State House of Assembly and many other stakeholders had to intervened before the matter was resolved.
- 2017 Ikorodu NUT Elections
The Oduguwa led former exco of the union organized free and fair elections which supposed to be a model for the INEC and State Electoral bodies in the country. The built up to the election was characterized by cold war among blocs which vibrated in the length and breadth of the division.
- Barr SOK Shillings suing of Lagos State Government over the marginalization of Ikorodu Division
Barrister Saheed O.K. Shillings, a former Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikorodu chapter took his advocacy to another level by proving that he is not among arm chair or social media critics. The leading community figure took a more practical approach in finding redressing to the cry of marginalization of Ikorodu division which has been on since the commencement of the democratic dispensation in 1999.
In 2017, the lawyer and activist approached the Lagos High Court to fill a matter against the Governor, Speaker, Lagos State Attorney-General and the Lagos State House of Assembly among others to redress what he called marginalization of Ikorodu division. A move commended by many residents as bold, instructive and commendable. Although, many were also of the opinion that the situation requires more of the political solution
- Declaration of curfew in Ikorodu Division by the Police
The declaration of curfew by the Lagos State Police Command in Ikorodu division and environs was met with stif opposition from the residents that saw it as admittance of incompetence by the police.
Residents has openly condemned the declaration on social media while others petitioned against the curfew.
- Campaign for #EndSARS
Residents of Ikorodu division in 2017 joined the campaign for #EndSARS to call the state and federal governments attentions and that of the Nigeria Force headquarters to the brutality of SARS. Ikorodu division played a very prominent role with social media platforms relating to Ikorodu also joined the campaign.
1.Mr Edgar Imohimi
The relative successful campaign against the Badoo menace and other criminalities in Ikorodu division can be ascribed to his efforts while he was an Assistant Commissioner of Police under Mr Fatai Owoseni, former Lagos State Commissioner of Police(CP) and also as acting Commissioner of Police in Lagos State.
Also, since he became the CP, he has been encouraging community policing by working with the traditional rulers, local vigilante groups and other stakeholders.
His prompt response to emergencies is also very commendable and is effective policing has led to the duscovery and demolition of many ritual shrines in and outside Ikorodu division.
2.Otunba Ganiyu Abiru
The emergence of Otunba Ganiyu Abiru, a former Clerk of the Lagos State House of Assembly, as the chairman of the Ikorodu-Oga Development Association (IKODASS) was received with great acceptance and also served as a major step to the reformation of the socio-cultural association.
The association, since his emergence, has been receiving broad-based supports frome Ikorodu residents unlike in the recent past.
Since his assumption of office, Otunba Abiru has not disappointed as he rallied stakeholders and gave them sense of belonging. Unlike the previous administrations, his leadership accepted inputs from people which led to the enlargement of the activities of the annual Ikorodu- Oga Day celebration.
He has also succeeded in restoring trust and confidence into the association as many clubs and associations have rekindled their membership and supports for IKODASS. The 2017 Ikorodu -Oga Day Celebration, the first to be held under his leadership, was a huge success majorly because of his personality and the new ideas he injected.
3.Gov Akinwunmi Ambode
During the year under review, the governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode , did not only give his support to the police in the fight against crime but also provided adequate equipment for them and other security formations across the state. This, to a large extent, resulted in the flushing out of militants in Isawo and Arepo communities in Lagos and Ogun States respectively.
The success recorded by the Lagos Command of the Nigeria police in tackling the Badoo menace and other criminalities in Ikorodu can also be ascribed to his administrative support and willingness to rid the State of criminal activities.
Also in 2017, the governor fulfilled his promise to relocate the popular Commodities Market (Mile 12) to Imota and also ensured that construction works commenced on the site which would accommodate the market which is expected to transform the economic, political and social lives of the host community and entire Ikorodu division.
His government also commenced the rehabilitation/reconstruction of Owutu-Isawo-Isheri and Igbogbo-Bola Ahmed Tinubu-Oke Afa-Ijede Roads in Ikorodu North and Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDAs in the division .
- Hon. Sanai Agunbiade
In the year under review, the representative of Ikorodu Constituency I and Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly continued his legislative excellence on the floor of the house by sponsoring impactful laws and motions.
In his representative duty, Hon. Agunbiade sponsored and organized the 3rd edition of one of his pet projects, Oba Shotobi Independence Day Marathon for students of the junior and senior secondary schools in Ikorodu division.
He also made a major contribution to the cultural renaissance in the division by solely organizing and sponsoring the Asa festival which has been adjudged as one of the best and most impactful event in Ikorodu in recent time.
More so, the lawmaker rehabilitated a block of classroom in his primary school alma mata, Jamaltul Islammiyyah Primary School, Ikorodu.
Among other activities he carried out in 2017 are securing employment for constituents and rehabilitation of some of the projects he facilitated.
- Hon. Babajimi Benson
The Member representing the Ikorodu Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives in Abuja, in 2017 maintained his consistency as a leading lawmaker while his legislative excellence was attested to by his colleagues in the house,
He continued with his Foodbank programme which has so far fed over 10, 000 constituents.
Hon. Benson also introduced StartUpIkorodu, a programme which was initiated to train and empower young entrepreneurs in Ikorodu. He was able to secured capital for 85 trained youths.
He facilitated the construction of two blocks of classrooms, office and toilet facilities in Imota and Ikorodu North LCDAs
The federal lawmaker also initiated Employment databank for Ikorodu youths especially graduates and graded several roads across the federal constituency among others.
- Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola, Special Adviser/Acting Commissioner for Tourism Arts & Culture
She brought so much attention to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture and succeeded in 2017 and also contributed immensely the current cultural reawakening sweeping through Ikorodu division.
- HRM Oba Semiudeen Kasali, Adeboruwa of Igbogbo
Since he mounted the throne of his ancestors as Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, the ancient community of Igbogbo has witnessed a new dawn in every aspect of life .
In the year under review, the amiable monarch used his influence and personality in bringing about peace and cooperation among once polarized community.
He also succeeded in rebranding Igbogbo by carrying indigenes and residents along in his efforts in building a sustainable community.
Also in 2017, two banks, UBA and Sterling established there branches in Igbogbo. While UBA has commenced operations, Sterling is about to complete its structure. This is coming after over two decades of the collapse of Savannah bank and it’s a feat that is being ascribed to the new dawn which his reign ushered in.
Oba Kasali also succeeded in ensuring the participation of some individuals and families who have not been participating in community activities due to some crisis that polarized Igbogbo community for over 30 years.
His reign has indeed and truly brought about the new dawn he promised upon mounting the throne in 2016.
- Prince Abiola Kosoko
The Alashe of Ebute-Iga and Chief Executive Officer of Origin Zoo & Gardens in acquired over 50 hectares of land for the establishment of Origin Gardens & Resort in June 2017.
The project, according to Prince Kosoko, would place Ikorodu and indeed, Lagos State, on global tourism map upon completion
The huge expanse of land, which is located along Ikorodu-Lagos road and sharing boundary with the Lagos Lagoon and two rivers in Itowolo area of Ikorodu division, was officially released to Prince Kosoko by the officials of the Department of Forestry Services of the Lagos State Ministry of Agriculture, who inspected the erection of signpost on the site.
The project is expected to be a world tourism hub with a five star hotel, largest shopping mall, cinema, art gallery, eatery, amusement park, ferry service, pool, aquarium, masquerade museum and Lagos State Historical Museum and others.
The site would also conserve Ikorodu manatee and other animals that are almost going into extinction.
The project, which is also tagged as ‘Project Wildlife Park’, and being in existence in a smaller version by Origin Zoo & Gardens at Ebute-Iga and Aginju Eko, both in Ikorodu Division area of Lagos State, is aimed at expanding the revenue generation of Ikorodu and Lagos State, and above all, to achieve the company’s primary goal which bothers on conservation, entertainment and employment.
He also organized one of the most outstanding cultural festival – Liwe festival inIkorodu division in 2017. The festival that included boat regatta both on water and land and other cultural display laced Ikorodu firmly on the global tourism map.
He is also one of the few Private zoo owners in Nigeria.
- Mr Samuel Olayinka Sogunro, Rector, Lagos State Polytechnic,Ikorodu.
The Rector made the list of THE IMPACT’s Personalities of 2017 for surviving the crisis that bedevilled the institution within the year under review.
The three unions – ASUP, SSANIP and NASU had declared war on the Rector and his management team over the unresolved issue of the CONTISS 15 Migration. There were over 10 protests by the unions and the students over the issue in 2017, including protests to the Ayangbure palace in Ikorodu, Lagos State House of Assembly and Governor’s office in Ikeja.
One of the protests assumed dangerous turn when the intervention by the Nigerian Army stationed at the 174 Battalion in Odogunyan and other security forces led to the brutalization of students and lecturers.
The protest also assumed dramatic dimension when the members of the three unions stormed the frontage of the Rector’s office to fry bean cakes (Akara) as a way of demanding his compulsory exit from office.
The Rector also introduced several stiff measures to ensure his firm control of the institution.
And contrary to many expectations, Mr Sogunro is still in full charge of the institution.
- Lanre Olabinjo & Pelumi Olalekan
The two leaders of the Onyabo Vigilance Group within the year under review consolidated on the efforts by the group to put stoppage to the nefarious activities of different cult groups operating in Ikorodu division.
The duo, in conjunction with other chieftains of the group, some council chairmen and traditional institutions in the division, embarked on a campaign to make the cultists surrender their arms and renounced their membership. The campaign, however , paid off as thousands of cultists in Ikorodu, Igbogbo, Ijede, Imota and other communities renounced their membership of various cult groups.
The renouncement events, which were supervised by the Lagos State Police Command, also witnessed the surrendering of scores of fire arns and other dangerous weapons by the cultists.
- Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun
The old Awoist and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) remains the only politicians that has been consistent for about four decades. He is one of the few politicians (with or without political appointment) that have strong political structure.
Despite that he was ‘badly bruised’ during the 2017 Local Government elections when his candidates for the chairmanship and Secretary to the Igbogbo/Bayeku LCDA were dropped for candidates from another political bloc, the veteran politician bounced back into political relevance and shocked those who thought he has finished politically with his recent appointment by President Mohammadu Buhari as member of the federal boards.
- Lateef Oduguwa
He led the Ikorodu branch of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) for eight years with unprecedented achievements. On completion of his tenure in 2017, Asiwaju Lateef Oduguwa did not only survive several attempts to tarnish his hard earned reputation but also succeeded in installing his preferred successor through free, fair and transparent elections.
Against all odds, he refused the ethnic card that was played by some natives to support and campaign for the eventual winner, Comrade Oluwafemi Fakolade, a non-native of Ikorodu, on merit.
- Col. BC Eze, Commanding Officer , 174 Battalion, Odogunyan,Ikorodu.
Aside commanding his men to work round the clock in providing security in the division in the year under review , Col. Eze also ensured that his men got involved in social and community activities and services.
One of such instances was the mobilization of his men in fixing several collapse portions of the dillapilitated Ikorodu-Odogunyan road to make it passable.
- Oba Kabiru Shotobi,Ayangbure of Ikorodu
Another royal father that impacted on the division in 2017 is Oba (Engr) Kabiru Adewale Shotobi, the Vice Chairman, Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs and Chairman, Ikorodu Division Council of Obas and Chiefs and the Ayangbure of Ikorodu kingdom. He played a very prominent role in ensuring that there is security of lives and properties in the division in collaboration with other traditional rulers. He gave maximum support to both the conventional and unconventional securities outfits in tackling cultism and the Badoo menace among other criminalities. Also, his role in resolving crisis within the local vigilance group, Onyabo and its restructuring is also very commendable.
More so, the various roles he played in the resolution of many traditional issues, both within the Ikorodu township and other parts of the Ikorodu division, stands him out. This could be seen in his intervention in the settlement of two Obaship tussles in the division and the turbulent Balogun of Ikorodu position and other chieftaincy titles.
His leadership role in rallying other traditional rulers in the division in ensuring that Ikorodu division’s cultural and traditional heritages are well documented also qualified him for nomination for this award.
Oba Shotobi has also been a good ambassador of the division at home and abroad, bringing goodwill to the division and Lagos state and facilitating developmental projects in the process .
Other factors that facilitated his nomination for this award include his involvement in sporting activities and youths development as well as his intervention in Sabo demolition crisis and NUT crisis both of which have since been amicably resolved.
- Sergeant Oguntade
This is a traffic police officer who is well known in Ikorodu division for her exemplary diligence and hardwork which have earned her the trust of the residents across the division. She carried out her duty in a way and manner that bring honour to the police profession which many have lost faith in. The kind of passion and dedication she apply in carrying out her duty at her duty posts in the division, particularly at Sabo Roundabout in Ikorodu, is breathtaking and worthy of commendation. It is, therefore,not surprising that her outstanding performance has earned her several awards and honours from the police authority as well as reputable organisations and clubs in and outside Ikorodu division, hence her nomination for The Impact 2017 Personality Award.
The Concerned Stakeholders of Association of Waste Managers of Nigeria (AWMN) on Sunday, February 25, 2018, condemned a statement credited to an aggrieved group within the association faulting the resolve to work with the Lagos State Government and an environmental utility group, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions to ensure cleaner and healthier environment.
The aggrieved group, in a statement by its Chairman, Oladipo Egbeyemi, had distanced itself from the agreement to work with the State Government to rid the State of filth adorning major streets and highways, describing the resolution as misleading and untrue.
Responding, the concerned stakeholders, in a statement signed on their behalf by Kasumu Afis Olasehinde of Gafista Concepts Limited, said the statement by the aggrieved stakeholders was not only in bad taste but had shown them to care less about the interest of Lagosians.
The stakeholders comprising of 48 Private Sector Participant (PSP) operators in waste management, said their resolve to work with the State Government to ensure the success of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) was borne out of the genuine desire to protect the environment and prevent outbreak of any epidemic in the State considering the resurgence of refuse in public places.
According to the statement, “This kind gesture was warmly received and accepted by the Government, but to the surprise of many, a group believed to be aggrieved from AWMN, has come out to disown us for offering a helping hand, you must ask why? Are they angry with progress? Are they people-oriented at all? Is this challenge a thing of pride and ego to them or service to the people?
“We have been rendering unequalled outstanding waste management service to Lagosians for decades and it is the state of things that necessitated our group’s initiative to offer help and also collaborate with Visionscape. The Visionscape group sees us as partners who will learn a lot from each other and they are willing to collaborate with us to make Lagos clean.
“We also state that the wellbeing of Lagosians is utmost in our mind, and as we approach the raining season, we cannot just watch but also intervene to avoid epidemic, which is what the aggrieved group does not care about.
“We can’t afford to let the Cleaner Lagos initiative fail, because if it does, we will also be considered as failure, hence a need to take responsibility as a people-oriented group to render service whether paid or unpaid; laudable to say the least and quite commendable and any progressive would agree with my group,” Olasehinde said.
While describing change as inevitable, Olasehinde said it was surprising that some people who in the past had benefited from change were working against progressive change, and also attempting to discourage those who were genuinely willing to help government in the best interest of the people.
“Change is inevitable, other aggrieved operators can collaborate to deliver service with Visionscape without making drama out of it. It should be a collective joy to see people of Lagos living in comfort, you don’t wish failure on a vendor because you feel you can do better, and finally, it is unruly to attempt to pour cold water on the bravery and courage of the noble men who tried to swallow hurts and offer help. If we all contribute something, Lagos will work for us all by default,” he said.
While standing by the resolve of the stakeholders to work with government, Olasehinde commended the State Government for coming up with the Cleaner Lagos Initiative, saying the policy and the law promulgated to back it up would no doubt proffer a permanent solution to waste management in the State.
He particularly lauded the clear distinction under the CLI between commercial and domestic waste, among other innovations geared to revolutionize waste management in the State.
Besides, Olasehinde said there was no existing agreement between the State Government and PSP operators, and wondered why some aggrieved members were working against the State Government.
-Target N897bn revenue
Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday signed the 2018 Appropriation Bill of the State into law with a total budget size of N1,046,121,181,680.00.
The total budget size comprises of N347, 038, 938, 872.00 to be funded from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, and N699, 082, 242,808.00 from the Development Fund for both capital and recurrent expenditure for the year ending 31st December, 2018.
The Governor also signed two critical bills into law. They are the Consolidated Transport Sector Bill and the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission Bill.
The Transport Sector Law 2018 provides for the development and management of a sustainable transport system in the State, as well as development, management and maintenance of transport infrastructure and facilities within the State.
The law also regulates the provision of an efficient transport delivery system and ensures availability of a safe and affordable transportation system. It is hoped that with this law, an efficient integrated transport management system will evolve in the State.
On the other hand, the Teaching Service Commission Law 2018 provides for the control and management of teaching service matters in the State, and for connected purposes.
The law regulates and co-ordinates the management of teaching service matters and provides uniform guidelines for the effective management of Post-Primary Schools in the State.
Governor Ambode, while presenting the 2018 Appropriation Bill to the State House of Assembly, had pledged that his administration would make every effort to complete all ongoing projects as well as initiate new ones to consolidate on the development recorded in the last two and half years.
He said the budget, christened as “Budget of Progress and Development”, would be used to consolidate on the achievements recorded in infrastructure, education, transportation/traffic management, security and health sectors, among others.
Outlining the key components of the budget, Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Olusegun Banjo said capital expenditure would gulp N699.082billion, while N347.039billion would be dedicated to recurrent expenditure, representing a Capital/Recurrent ratio of 67 per cent to 33 per cent and a 28.67 per cent increase over Y2017 budget.
He also listed key projects captured in the 2018 Budget to include the Agege Pen Cinema flyover; alternative routes through Oke-Ira in Eti-Osa to Epe-Lekki Expressway; the 8km Regional Road to serve as alternative route to connect Victoria Garden City (VGC) with Freedom Road in Lekki Phase I; completion of the on-going reconstruction of Oshodi International Airport Road into a 10-lane road and the BRT Lane from Oshodi to Abule-Egba.
According to sectoral breakdown of the budget, General Public Services is earmarked to gulp N171,623bn, representing 16.41 per cent; Public Order and Safety, N46.612bn, representing 4.46; Economic Affairs, N473,866bn, representing 45.30 per cent; Environmental Protection, N54,582bn, representing 5.22 per cent, while Housing and Community Amenities got N59,904bn, representing 5.73 per cent.
Health sector got N92.676billion, representing 8.86 per cent; Recreation, Culture and Religion got N12.511billion, representing 1.20 per cent; Education got N126.302billion representing 12.07 per cent, while Social Protection got N8.042billion representing 0.77 per cent.
Under the budget, there are provisions for completion of the five new Art Theatres; establishment of an Heritage Centre at the former Federal Presidential State House recently handed over to the State Government; a world class museum between the former Presidential Lodge and the State House, Marina; construction of four new stadia in Igbogbo, Epe, Badagry and Ajeromi Ifelodun (Ajegunle) and completion of the on-going Epe and Badagry Marina projects.
On Housing, there are provisions for completion of on-going projects especially those at Gbagada, Igbogbo, Iponri, Igando, Omole Phase I, Sangotedo and Ajara-Badagry under the Rent-to-Own policy, among others.
Also speaking, Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade put the projection for revenue (IGR) at N897billion, while the remaining part of the budget would be funded by deficit financing.
”Today is a good day in our State, the Governor just signed the 2018 Appropriation Law. For the first time the Law has about N1.046trillion as total amount that we would spend in 2018.
“The Budget is tagged “Budget of Progress and Development” and in terms of capital and recurrent expenditure, we have 63 per cent Capital and 37 per cent Recurrent and that shows that we are really big on infrastructural renewal.
“In terms of revenue, we are expecting a total of N897billion both from the State and Federal receipts, so the rest would be funded through budget deficit financing. We are focusing this year on completing all projects that we have started knowing fully well that people would say that this is an election year, but the Governor is focused on delivering the dividends of democracy; we are not slowing down, we want to really ensure that we touch every aspect of Lagos that needs to be touched in terms of infrastructural renewal, welfare and other things that the Governor promised,” Ashade said.
Lagos State Government on Thursday launched a new regulation for the fiscalization of the Hotel Occupancy and Restaurant Consumption Tax Law, with a charge on stakeholders in the hospitality industry to embrace the initiative designed to put efficient machinery in place to enhance collection process and ensure compliance.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting held at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja to sensitize owners of hotels, restaurants, bars and event centres in the State on the new regulation, State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode said automation of the system was introduced to address the high level of under-payment and non-remittance of what is due to government, however assuring that it would be a win-win situation for all parties.
Governor Ambode, who was represented by the State’s Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule said it was important for all stakeholders to play their part in scaling up taxation being one of the ways government is able to fund its activities and implement projects and policies for the overall benefit of the people.
Addressing the stakeholders, the Governor said: “As progressive partners in the development of our dear State, we solicit for your co-operation and support at actualizing this noble initiative.
“All hoteliers, event centre proprietors, restaurant and bar owners must allow the integration of their systems along with the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) server to facilitate the monitoring of consumption tax transactions and remittance of same to the State.
“We must be alive to our responsibilities by paying taxes due in order to ensure the development of our dear State,” he said.
The Governor said since his assumption of office, conscious efforts have been made to invest heavily in infrastructure, and that more funds were required to enable government actualize the objective of providing adequate infrastructure and services for residents, a development he said necessitated the need to embrace the fiscalization of the consumption tax regime.
He said despite harsh economy, the 2017 budget of the State performed at 82 per cent with N503.7billion total generated revenue representing 78 per cent performance, while total recurrent expenditure stood at N281.33billion representing 72 per cent and N387.60billion capital expenditure representing 76 per cent performance.
He said though a lot was achieved in that regard last year but that to enable the State Government achieve the target for 2018, the commitment of all residents and business owners was necessary especially in payment of their taxes.
“Our objective is to rely less on Federal funding and more on self-funding. The automation of processes and leveraging on technology are key to the development of any nation and that is what the fiscalization project has come to address.
“Nigeria has moved from its current position on ease of doing business index from 169 to 145, which is encouraging. This is partly attributable to the reforms and processes put in place by the State,” he said, adding that the electronic invoicing system was part of the reforms to improve on the index and enhance revenue.
Besides, the Governor said the LIRS has been mandated to work with the Office of the Attorney General to ensure that tax defaulters are brought to book.
Earlier, LIRS Chairman, Mr Ayo Subair said the deployment of the fiscalization system in the hospitality sector was a further demonstration of the resolve of the State Government to continually embrace global best practices in its administration of the State.
He said under the new regime, all the collecting agents would benefit immensely from the high level of transparency the system will bring to their operations in respect of recording of sales as they will have access to all transactions as they occur irrespective of their locations.
Also, Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade said despite the improvement in the ease of doing business ranking, Nigeria was still behind in paying taxes ranking, a development he said bought about the new fiscalization regulation.
Orezi breaks new grounds in the New Year with the unveiling of his company, Gehn Gehn Music, which is an all-round entertainment company aimed at changing the business of music in Nigeria.
Orezi, whose pace and consistency in the Nigerian music scene have sustained his relevance and growing network, would be using his company as a platform to create better opportunities for upcoming music talents in Nigeria.
“This company is for me and every upcoming artiste out there,Gehn Gehn Music will be signing artistes in the nearest future”, he said,
Orezi, who has carved a niche for himself with a successful music career spanning almost a decade, appreciates the opportunity he got from his former record labels.
“Thanks to Sprisal Entertainment and Culbeed Music which helped in shaping me over the years into who I am today”, he said appreciatively.
His hard work has earned him numerous national awards and this new venture is definitely a step in the right direction.
-Says arrest confirms sabotage of Cleaner Lagos Initiative
The Lagos State Government has arrested four officials of a Private Sector Participant (PSP) operator in waste management, Ayomide Olayinka Ventures, for dumping waste on the street along the Central Business District (CBD) of Lagos Island in the middle of the night.
The suspects were arrested by security operatives in the early hours of Tuesday while using their compactor with registration number FST 908 XG to dump refuse on the street.
They included driver of the compactor, Oloruntele Adekunle and three others. The company was said to have its office at No 1A, Kudirat Abiola Way, Old Oregun Road, Ikeja.
The latest arrest brought the number of PSP operators arrested for similar offence in the last one week to five, while hundreds of cart pushers and wheel barrow operators had equally been arrested for dumping waste in public places and canals in various parts of the State.
The State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, in a statement, said the arrest was a clear confirmation of the suspicion of government that the new environmental waste management policy encapsulated in the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) was being sabotaged by vested interests.
He said: “A PSP operator was caught along Lagos Island Central Business District discharging refuse on the street. He was arrested by security operatives in the middle of the night which shows the institutional corruption that has been lingering in the sector which the State Government intends to fight with the reforms put in place.
“The arrest of the PSP operator is a clear example of the deliberate efforts to sabotage what the State Government is doing. The PSP operators are not being driven out of their businesses with the reforms as they are making the public to believe.
“Under CLI, the government has made provision for the PSP operators to handle collection of commercial waste and there are over 15,000 companies in Lagos that can serve the over 200 PSP operators in the State. So far, the CLI has been able to get over 50,000 new employees out of the labour market
“The government has also stressed itself by getting N2.5billion loan to enable the PSP operators buy equipment to be more competitive. These are the things they can key into than blackmailing government. The whole idea is to build local capacity in order to employ more of our unemployed youth,” Bamigbetan said.
He said the PSP operator arrested last week in Mushin area of the State had already been charged to court with the case adjourned to February 26, while the latest suspect would be paraded during the week by the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC), and subsequently charged to court.
He said it was unfortunate that some PSP operators were allowing vested interests to use them to blackmail government into abandoning the reforms designed to revolutionize waste management in the State in line with global best practices, and that it would not succumb to such blackmail.
“The PSP operators are being used by those fighting against the reforms the government is putting in place. The Cleaner Lagos Initiative is part of the measures to fight institutional corruption in the system which the government is determined to eradicate.
“The government will not be blackmailed into abandoning the right thing for the people. Overtime, the Lagos State Government has carried out reforms in the Police Rapid Response Squad (RRS), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LATSMA), among others and the State Government is committed to ensuring that the corruption in the waste management system is stamped out.
“Any PSP operator henceforth caught will be dealt with using the full weight of the law. No government will fold its arms and allow few vested interests whose interests are inimical to the majority of the people and aimed at sabotaging government’s policies and programmes to have a field day,” Bamigbetan said.
He urged residents to exercise a little more patience as the current challenges with waste disposal would soon be over, just as he advised the PSP operators to support government by embracing the new initiative.
“We like to appeal to Lagosians to give the government a chance and they will see the results of the new initiative which, ultimately, will make the State cleaner, safer and more prosperous. We also urge PSP operators to cooperate with the new initiative in the overall interest of the peace loving people of the State,” the Commissioner said.
Meanwhile, the State Government has paraded four cart pushers – Yusuf Saheed, Abubakar Lawal, Bashiru Umar and Amira Abdul, who were arrested in Moshalasi Alhaja in Agege area of the State for dumping refuse in unauthorised spots.
Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti who briefed journalists at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre in Alausa, said the suspects would be charged to court, just as he reiterated the call on residents to desist from patronizing illegal waste managers. He also disclosed that commercial operations of the CLI would commence fully from March 1.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday, February 19, 2018, evening said that the State has the capacity to host international football tournaments and use sports as a tool to showcase its rich tourism, hospitality and entertainment culture.
Governor Ambode, who spoke when he received the President of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Gianni Infantino and his team on a courtesy visit to the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, said the population, soccer enthusiasm and the tourism potentials that abound in the State are indicators to the fact that the State has the enabling environment to receive any FIFA projects in Nigeria.
The Governor, while welcoming the choice of Lagos as the host city of the FIFA Executive Committee Summit, said it would present a great opportunity for the State to showcase its huge investment in football development especially for youths and women.
He also expressed confidence that the FIFA President and his team, after the visit, would consider Lagos favourably to host a FIFA competition, while also pledging support for events by the world’s football governing body.
“I want to say that we are so excited that Lagos is playing host to the FIFA Executive Summit, we would be the second African city that would be hosting this kind of meeting and we are excited that you decided that Lagos would host it.
“It is very important for us because soccer is big in Lagos and we are able to show you the kind of facilities and things that football can actually do to us as a nation. I believe strongly that your hosting this meeting in Lagos portends greater potentials for us in Lagos; we are very strong on youth development and youth soccer development and also soccer development for women.
“I believe as you decide tomorrow and then days after on where you intend to put your projects, Lagos stands to welcome all the projects of FIFA. We have the population, the enthusiasm and we also have the tourism potentials to actually receive any FIFA projects in Nigeria,” Governor Ambode said.
Besides, Governor Ambode thanked Infantino for deeming it fit to select a retired Chief Judge of Lagos, Justice Ayotunde Philips as a member of the Ethics Committee of FIFA, saying that it was a testament to the State’s credibility.
“I want to personally thank you for selecting one of our retired Chief Judges, Justice Philips into the Ethics Committee of FIFA and that happens to be one of the most important committees in FIFA and I believe strongly that for us to have produced one of those members goes to show how credible that we can be in Lagos,” he said.
Governor Ambode who also spoke at the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF/Aiteo) Awards held at Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos, said that partnering with the NFF for the hosting of the award was also a privilege to showcase the Lagos as the emerging sports hub for Africa.
“What we are saying to the world through these partnerships and our other sports programs like the Lagos City Marathon, International Table Tennis Federation Nigeria Open, the Lagos International Sports Classics in Squash Racquet, Badminton and Taekwondo is that Lagos is ready to host the world; and use sports as a tool to showcase our rich tourism, hospitality and entertainment culture,” he said.
While wishing the FIFA delegation a successful execution of the World Cup scheduled to hold later in the year, Governor Ambode expressed optimism that the Super Eagles of Nigeria could spring surprises and emerge winners of the biggest soccer fiesta.
Earlier, the FIFA President said he was in Lagos with his team, not only for the FIFA Executive Committee Summit, but also to discuss with the NFF on the possibility of developing some projects in the country.
He commended Governor Ambode for his administration’s investment in the development of football, describing it as excellent.
“It is for me a pleasure and honour to be here today in Lagos to meet you; I know you are a great football fan. You’re more than a football fan, a lover of football and that’s why I needed the meeting to hold in Lagos.
“We are here on one side to discuss with NFF a few projects on Nigeria football and how we can work together with CAF as well to improve football, even though you don’t need it because your football is already excellent, but one can always try and do something more and other projects we would discuss with the Nigerian FA. In addition to this, I would like to thank you for welcoming us for the FIFA Executive Committee Summit,” he said.
Infantino who was accompanied by the Secretary General of FIFA, Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura and CAF President, Mr. Ahmad Ahmad said the Summit, which would bring on Tuesday, February 20, would feature top executives and General Secretaries from 15 to 20 Football Associations from Europe, North America, Central America and also Africa adding that it was part of FIFA’s new democratic system to discuss with stakeholders on the future of global football.
The Lagos State Government on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, said that the ongoing construction of the Ilubirin Housing Scheme would be completed before the end of the year while it would go on sale to members of the public from the first quarter of 2019.
The Government, in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Housing, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, said the development of the scheme, would be built in seven phases starting with the completion of the existing structure which is already underway, while other plashes of the project would be completed over a period of three years terminating in 2022.
The Ilubirin Housing Scheme, initiated under the Lagos Home Ownership and Mortgage Scheme (LAGOSHOMS) in 2014 and conceived as a purely residential scheme, was redesigned to accommodate a live, work and play area in the scheme.
Lawal said the State Government due to the massive housing projects ongoing across the State and the limited budgetary provision to complete them, sought a partnership with private sector through a joint venture agreement to complete the project.
“After a review of the proposals received from various companies for the completion of the project, Messrs First Investment Property Company (FIDC) was selected to partner with the State Government to fulfill the vision of Ilubirin.
“The Company is expected to source fund for the completion of the project and also to provide technical expertise for its completion. The equity of the State is majorly the land and the development executed to date,” the Commissioner said.
He said the new design of the project will comprise 472 units of studio Apartments, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom flats, Terraces and Penthouses, while commercial unit and recreational facilities such as sporting facilities, parks, a club house as well as child day care facilities would also be accommodated.
“The water front will be developed as an active promenade with restaurants and bars. A shopping mall will be located by the eco-park and will be a destination for visitors and sight seers. There would be something for everyone in Ilubirin,” Lawal said.
The Commissioner also disclosed that careful infrastructural and environmental planning, explaining that due to the location of the scheme on a reclaimed land, flood simulations had to be undertaken, integrity tests carried out while traffic studies were commissioned due to its proximity to the busiest network of roads between the Mainland and Island.
“One challenge unique to the site however is its proximity to a series of drainage channels carrying effluent from Lagos Island. To address this, an eco-park has been designed to counter the impact of sewage and contribute to a cleaner Lagos.
“The high visibility of the site along the Third Mainland Bridge axis demands exemplary aesthetics. Like the Lekki Link Bridge, this project has the potential of becoming an iconic reference point and a catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding areas such as Isale-Eko, Dolphin and Osborne Foreshore,” he said.
He said the FIDC has already assembled a team of local and international experts to come up with a master plan that would showcase the site’s position as a residential, commercial and leisure environment along the lagoon resulting in a 24-hour cosmopolitan lifecycle.
Besides, Lawal said a power generation project supplying electricity to the grid would be hosted on the site to drive a 24-hour live, work and play environment, while the project will enhance the Light Up Lagos Initiative of the State Government.
“A new flyover will be built to connect the development to the Third Mainland bridge axis. This will ensure seamless integration into the wider road network without impacting negatively on the existing traffic,” he said.
-Holds Thursday, February 22, 2018 at Origin Gardens & Zoo, Ebute-Iga
Residents of Ikorodu Division have called for support for the Ikorodu Division Economic Summit (IDES) which is scheduled for Thursday, February 22, 2018, at Origin Gardens & Zoo, Ebute-Iga, Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area of Ikorodu division.
The call was one of the major resolutions arising from a two session discourse by participants on THE IMPACT Platform’s Chat on Saturday, February 10, 2018.
The Summit, which is themed, ‘Stabilizing Local Economy’, is a private initiative event aimed at aiding the development of the division’s economy and also repositions it.
The Chief Moderator of the Discourse sessions was Mr Steve Adesemoye, a lecturer in the department of Mass communication, Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu main campus, Mrs Funke Awoyemi, a business woman, community developer and social media activist served as co-moderator representing the general members on the platform, while Mr Agboola Odesanya, a lecturer in the department of Mass Communication, Lagos State University (LASU), also served as co-moderator representing the platform administrators.
The summit is being facilitated by Otunba Ganiyu Abiru, a retired Permanent Secretary/Clerk of the Lagos State House of Assembly and incumbent chairman, Ikorodu-Oga Development Association (IKODASS), Prince Abiola Kosoko, Chief Executive Officer, Origin Zoo & Gardens, Mr Oluwakemi Hassan, Chief Executive Officer, Suave Records and Mr Olaoluwa Godwin, an Economist and Doctorate student in University of Lagos (UNILAG).
Leading the discourse on THE IMPACT Platform, Mr Godwin Olaoluwa, the coordinator of IDES, stated that the focus of the forthcoming summit is to stabilize the local economy and the asset based of the division among others.
“Our plans and the focus of the Ikorodu Division Economic Summit is to deliberate on how to stabilize the local economy, identify the asset based of the community and means of creating long-term employment opportunities”, Mr Ogooluwa stated.
“We also want to focus on building the local resources and capacities, establishing trade link that benefits all businesses within the community and also, to establish community control utilizing a grassroots bottom-up process”, he added.
Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly,while contributing to the discussion on THE IMPACT Platform said, “I have read through the debate and I am fascinated with the colourful ideas canvassed and very rich submissions so far made from progressive minds.
“I commend the idea and pray that the vision behind the summit is achieved.
“I have not received or read any letter in respect of the summit and no one has discussed anything about it with me, save the bits and pieces I gathered from my occasional visit to platforms these days, but I like the idea and I identify with it, just as I do with anything constructively and genuinely progressive about Ikorodu”, he added.
“To build and continue to build a society is a collective responsibility. Let’s continue to do our bits”, said Agunbiade.
Otunba Ganiyu Abiru, in his own contribution, commended the robust discussion on the summit and call on eminent personalities in Ikorpodu to support the initiative.
“I must confirm that some few things have been learned from d deliberations which will cause adjustment to our plans, but we must be conscious of the fact that all our problems can’t be solved at this one summit.”
“I am confident that our representatives and other well meaning individuals will eventually support us despite the fact that their moral support has been impressive. Some of them have equally been dialoguing with us. ”
“Ikorodu, surely, is on the path of becoming a California of Nigeria. If lkorodu were to be a Nation or a Country on its own, won’t we survive?” he queried.
The issue of support from the state government, local governments in Ikorodu division, private bodies and individuals for the Economic Summit enjoyed more attention from the participants through out the debate.
The aggregate opinion of the over 200 participants is that though, the initiative is private driven, it needs moral, financial, technical and other supports for it to achieve its intended aims and objectives.
The participants called on the representatives of Ikorodu division, both elected and appointed, to support the initiative of Ikorodu Division Economic Summit.
Among issues raised by the moderators and contributors on THE IMPACT Platform when engaging the facilitators of the summit include issues concerning data collection and management which were adjudged to be very key to economic development and efforts of the organizers of the Summit in adequately capturing these for effective economic use.
Issues also came up regarding Odogunyan Industrial Estate which is the largest in West Africa and which participants believed should be contributing, in no small measure, to economic development of the division.
Another issue that was extensively discussed was the role of Infrastructures in the economic development of the division with participants challenging governments at local, state and federal levels to see to the infrastructural development of the division because of its strategic position in Lagos State and Nigeria at large.
There was also discussion on the issue of the relationship between the Town and the Gown as participants submitted that more areas of partnership between Ikorodu community and the Lagos State Polytechnic should be explored.
Other areas where the debate also covered were capacity building and human capital, SWOT (Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of Ikorodu division, traditional beliefs and economic developments, security of lives and property, political interests and policy Summersault and risk assessment.
Searchlight was also beamed on tourism potentials of Ikorodu division with participants agreeing that if well tapped into, tourism may significantly add to the earnings of the division.
Mr Temitope Oyekoya, former Economic AFC and Founder, Nextnonics, is scheduled as the Chairman of the Summit while Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, Lagos State Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, would deliver the keynote address.
Discussants expected at the summit are Dr Timothy A.G Okeowo, Lecturer, Department of Agriculture, Lagos State Polytechnic, Mr Wole Oyekoya, an Agripreneur and Chief Executive Officer, Bama Farm, Mr Joseph Agunbiade, Co-Founder, Budgit, Mr Olalekan Lasisi, Special Adviser to the Governor of Lagos State on Taxation and Revenue.
Others are Prince Abiola Kosoko, Chief Executive Officer, Origin Garden and Zoo, Engr. (Dr) Olukayode Bawallah, former Dean, School of Transportation, Lagos State University, Mr Saka Adewunmi, founder, Contagious 129, Mr Seun Onigbinde, Co-Founder, Budgit and Mrs Oluwakemi Ajiboye, an Entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer, Crystal Skin Ventures Limited.