…as state monitors pre-assess projects
By Abolaji Adebayo
Olaleye, showing one of the projects to the monitiors
Ahead of the proposed visit of the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to Isolo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), following the aborted one earlier scheduled for the 19th of April, 2018, a monitoring team from the Lagos State Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs has visited the council secretariat to assess the state of preparedness of the council for the governor’s visit.
The team, led by the ministry’s Director of Monitoring, Mr. Ajetunmobi B.A.R., met with the Executive Chairman, Hon. Shamsudeen Abiodun Olaleye and other management staff led by the Council Manager, Mr. S.B. Odeleye.
Briefing the gathering, Ajetunmobi stated that the visit became necessary as a prelude to the governor’s visit, stressing that the team has deemed it necessary to undertake a physical inspection of projects the council has lined up for the governor to commission during the visit.
He also informed that the team’s visit was part of the ministry’s oversight function in which the ministry gets to know how dividend of democracy are being distributed in terms of projects and programmes which are in consonance with the state government’s vision of making life better for the people of Lagos.
The Director added that the governor’s visit would provide an opportunity for the governor to address members of Isolo community and feel their pulse on his administration’s programme and activities in a carnival atmosphere.
He therefore charged the council chairman and his management team to ensure the governor has a good impression of the LCDA during and after the visit.
Responding, the council chairman disclosed that four projects have been listed for commissioning during the governor’s visit among which is the newly constructed Baale Shekoni Street, Ajao Estate; two 100-seater buses for the purpose of transporting students to and fro the School Village, and distribution of customized school bags to primary school pupils as well as exercise books.
According to him, plans have been concluded to mobilize community leaders, politicians, traditional rulers, market men and women, artisans, students and religious leaders to give the governor a warm welcome and present him with the best of hospitality.
He said, “Our amiable governor has been good to Isolo LCDA through the wonderful projects he has commissioned within our locality. Ago Palace Way which he commissioned soon after he assumed office; the on-going Nwachukwu Drive/Olushesi Way in Okota and the Temitope/Ajose/Adegbite road projects in Ilasamaja are proofs of the governor’s love for us here in Isolo.
“Aside this, we are also direct beneficiary of the on-going reconstruction of the Murtala Muhammed Airport Road. When fully completed, the road would impact positively on the socio-economy of Ajao Estate and for this we are very happy. “There is no better way to show our appreciation better than mobilizing our constituents to thank the governor for his love and magnanimity to the people of Isolo.”
Thereafter, the monitoring team was shown samples of the customized school bags slated for distribution to primary school pupils during the governor’s visit.
The team also inspected the school buses as well as Baale Shekoni road project at Ajao Estate.
The group applauded the council chairman and his management for the engineering ingenuity deployed in the construction of the road which links Canoe Bridge with Eleganza Road even as suggestions were made concerning illegal structures on drainages in the area.