- Hosts Constituents To a Stakeholders Meeting
- Doles Out N40,000 each to Ten Traders
Chairman, House Committee on Public Private Partnership in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Lukman Saad Olumoh played hosts to his constituents yesterday, Thursday, October 29, 2020 at the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Multipurpose Hall, Ojo Road.
The meeting that attracted Stakeholders in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Constituency 1 started as expected with a keynote address delivered by the lawmaker.
Olumoh, who represents Ajeromi-Ifelodun Constituency 1, commended the residents of Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA and Ifelodun LCDA for their resilience despite the economic challenges brought about by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He recalled that the first case of the pandemic was recorded in the state on February 27, 2020 and that the House immediately met, commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his team for their prompt response in addressing the outbreak.
“The House approved the sum of N20 billion COVID-19 Intervention Fund aimed at containing and managing the spread of the virus in the State as well as mitigate its effect on Lagosians” he stated.
“This legislative support, coupled with individual palliative efforts of honourable members in their various constituencies has had a great impact on the successes recorded so far in the fight to effectively contain the ravaging disease.
“The economic headwind generated by the COVID-19 pandemic also necessitated the approval of the House for the reordering of the Year 2020 budget to provide necessary support for business owners, the vulnerable members of the society and improvement in healthcare facilities,” Hon. Olumoh said.
Hon. Olumoh further stated that prior to the reopening of schools, a committee of the House went round schools to be sure of their preparedness; while also noting how the Lagos Assembly made moves to ease the recent EndSARS protest in the state that later resulted into a carnage.
He recalled how he and other members of the House met with the protesters at 12 midnight on October 8, and “immediately convened an emergency session to consider their demands.”
It would be recalled that the House, during the sitting, came up with demands to President Muhammadu Buhari, who promptly adopted almost all the resolutions.
Olumoh, however, lamented that all efforts by the state and federal governments were thwarted by suspected criminals who hijacked the protests to cause mayhem and attack public and private investments and interests.
Upon delivery of this keynote address, some members of the public were given the opportunity to air their views.
Hon. Solomon Ademofe Aboluwodi, Education Secretary, Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGEA commended the efforts of the State House of Assembly member especially in bringing the fire service station to Ajegunle and the facilitation of the Mba-Cardoso Road.
He however pointed out that the House member should look into the rehabilitation of our schools and the welfare of teachers in public schools.
Sir Emmanuel Ayo Oladimeji representing the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ajeromi-Ifelodun Chapter, thanked God for the opportunity given. He spoke emphatically on having more secondary schools in Ifelodun LCDA, stating that two is not just enough. He cited Ajeromi-Ifelodun as an example of a local government having more secondary schools. He also said they need high security in Ifelodun LCDA and more especially rehabilitation of roads.
Responding, Hon. Olumoh promised to work on the issue of the rehabilitation of primary schools while also addressing the issue of security. He stated that due to the burning down of the two Police stations in Ifelodun LCDA, they have resulted to using local security outfit that he said has made the place peaceful because “we in this community are peace loving people.”
Hon. Olumoh took time out to give out the sum of #40,000 each to 10 traders in the scheme he runs to support traders called Hon. Olumoh Koko Traders Club thus drawing the number to 150 women that have been empowered through this interest free loan.
Speaking to newshounds after the meeting, Hon. Olumoh made it emphatically clear that Tuesday, October 20, 2020 which many has termed “Black Tuesday” was a very sad day for him.
“It was a very sad day for me I was really happy about it because it came up spontaneously that we could not imagine the scale of destruction until we saw it happen when police stations, council secretariat, private properties, government establishments and properties were destroyed, burnt…it was really a sad day for us.”
Stating governmental moves to solve the problem, Hon. Olumoh said it was a fundamental issue because the local government cannot do what the State or Federal Government should do.
“No State governor can act on the Exclusive list which the Police is one. The State government can’t do anything. Among all States that have done the best for Policing in Nigeria, Lagos State is number one because we have a trust fund that is established for clothing the Police, buying vehicles, giving them electronic gadgets and everything. It’s unfortunate that that kind of a thing can happen in Lagos.
It is legislation, we have to look into our constitution, do amendments where necessary to ensure that we bring in peace and the protection of livelihoods and properties as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
On his projects thus far, Olumoh said he has done quite a little but he will still do more.
“I have been able to influence the rehabilitation of roads, award and contruction of major roads within his constituency. For the first time in the history of Ajeromi-Ifelodun local government as a whole, we will have a fire station at Ojo Road.
I have gainfully given employments; a lot of my constituents are currently working with LAWMA and various agencies at the State. I have given scholarships personally through my Koko Scholars programme. I have the Koko Traders Scheme where we have a lot of our constituents especially women, enjoying interest free loans and they are doing quite well.”
Through my influence, a lot of our students have been able to gain admission into Model Colleges, Lagos Polytechnic, Universities and the like.
We have also intervened in health matters…we have done so much that I can’t count, but I am sure the mood of the people today will tell you that the constituents are happy with us.
On the challenges of Covid 19: “Nigerians are hungry; the masses are hungry and we can see it written everywhere. I only implore that the government is doing so much to bring palliatives to the people.
Personally during the pandemic, I intervened around this area with food items seven times. If we can be encouraged to do that, we are not saying people are lazy, we are not saying people are not working; they are, but we need to meet those people that cannot fend for themselves; we need at assist people; bring intervention food on the table, let us bring food for them to eat.
Once they see that food is out of it, the anger level reduces. A hungry man is an angry man. We need to bring food; we need to make prices of food at the Federal level to come down. Whatever intervention the Federal Government is going to do, they need to make prices of food come down. The masses want cheaper food on our table so that we can think well, work well and move forward.”
On what we can do to make his Constituency rise again as queried by one of the journalists, Hon. Olumoh said his Constituency is not down.
“My Constituency is not down…what we have are just challenges. You can see that we are very resilient people in Ajeromi-Ifelodun,” he enthused.
We don’t have Police Stations but you can see that the security is maintained because we are peace loving people. We have local Vigilante that have taken over the security of lives and properties.
In some other climes, we won’t be able to achieve what we are achieving in both Ifelodun LCDA and Ajeromi-Ifelodun LGA. So we are not down; we can always rebuild, we are rebuilding, we have risen and we shall continue to rise. My prayer is just for God to continue to guide our leaders right and give them the strength to always produce and provide effective leadership.
Basically, one thing that is important is hope: If we all have hope then we can continue with life; I will just preach the message of hope to everybody; we must be optimistic; we shouldn’t let the situation on ground bring us down. Let us continue to keep our hope alive. With our hope, I am very sure things would be better.
Let’s keep our hope alive, the government would always thrive to provide security for us; the government would always thrive to provide support where the needs be for us. So hope is the message.”
Finally, when asked by Community Watch Plus what steps the Lagos State House of Assembly is taking to aid the rebuilding process of the carnage in Ajeromi-Ifelodun and Ifelodun LCDA, the amiable lawmaker had this to say: “First and foremost, the Government has started in the right cause; he has visited the local government. He has seen the level of damage; enumeration has been done to these damaged properties.
Aside from that, they have come to carry out integrity test on some of these burnt materials. They will do enumeration; after the enumeration exercise then we can see how to get these things. At the last sitting we had on Monday; this was the discussion we had and it was a very serious one.
And the resolution of the House was for the Government to provide funds to support both the Government and private citizens so that these losses are not borne alone by the institution or the private citizens that have suffered this loss. So the Government will definitely come to support whosoever made any loss in this mayhem” he posited.
It would be recalled that Tuesday, October 20, 2020 which was regarded as a Black Tuesday will forever remain as a day of great carnage across the country and will certainly take its place in the annals of Nigeria’s history