By Okunade Adekunle
Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have resolved to forward the report of the constituency stakeholders meetings held across the 40 constituencies in the state on Thursday to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The Lawmakers took turns to give reports of the stakeholders meetings during plenary on Monday as directed by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, who presided over the sitting on behalf of the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.
While giving the reports, majority of the lawmakers stated that their constituents demanded construction of roads, provision of facilities in the public primary and secondary schools.
They also said that their constituents harped on youth and women empowerment as well as adequate security arising from the violence that followed the #EndSARS protests across the state.
Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu, (Ikeja 2) said that his people called for the rehabilitation and construction of some roads, provision of good drainage system, education and healthcare, infrastructure.
He added that the issue of empowerment of youths, women and promotion of small scale businesses were also discussed at the meeting.
Also, Hon. Rasheed Makinde, (Ifako/Ijaiye 2) stated that the major issue in his area was the Lagos-Abeokuta Express Road, which he said is so bad that trucks and trailers usually pass through inner roads.
“We have less than six roads in the local government. We can rehabilitate the road if they cannot be constructed. We need a fire service in my area too. There was a pipeline explosion that wrecked havoc on the area. We need a mini-stadium to discover new talents. We were affected by #EndSARS protest and we need the support of the state government on this,” he said.
While the Deputy Chief Whip, Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara, said that her constituents want the construction and rehabilitation of roads such as Asimowu Bakare and Baba Animashaun as well as adequate security and youth empowerment.
Hon. Lanre Afinni (Lagos Island 2) said that his people asked for security, education, empowerment of small and medium scale businesses.
He stressed that his people demanded street lights, and confidentiality, when they give information to security agencies, adding that they spoke about youths involvement in grassroots development.
In his submission, Hon. AbdulSobur Olawale Olayiwola (Mushin 2) said that his people wanted the rehabilitation of the roads in the constituency
He said that the constituency houses international markets such as Rice Market in Daleko, which he said should be upgraded, Amu Plank Market, and Ladipo spare parts market.
Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege 2) said in his own report that his people spoke about security, education, and road rehabilitation.
Ogundimu added that the of his constituency also emphasised the effects of COVID-19, which he said affected the budget of the year.
“We must revisit all the 2020 projects for 2021. Youth employment is also key and very important. They requested for town hall meeting twice a year to review their requests in the first one,” he said.
Hon. Kehinde Joseph (Alimosho Constituency 2 ) said his people harped on road construction, and that there are some communities in the area, where the presence of the government is not felt.
He said that the people of the area also spoke on the challenges of lack of facilities in some schools as well as security and synergy between the police and the community.
Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo 1) said the people of the area questioned their existence as Lagos residents because of Lagos-Badagry Expressway, which he said connects four local governments and eight constituencies, but has not been repaired.
Akande stressed that the people recalled that the Governor promised to repair the road within six months during campaign, which he said has not been done and that they complained about the absence of the government in Ojo area of the state.
Hon. Noheem Adams (Eti Osa 1) stated that the stakeholders appreciated the access road within Victoria Island and Abraham Adesanya.
He, however, said that they complained a lot about road infrastructure and wanted the government to concentrate on internal roads in the area.
“People wasted about six hours on Ado Road and Lamgbasa Roads for a journey of just about six minutes.
“We need to do something about that. The truck of dredgers at Abraham Adesanya Road to Ilaje cause people to spend about four hours on the road,” he said.
Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Somolu 1) said that Fadeyi Pedestrian Bridge in the area would serve about four constituencies and that children from Mushin go to Somolu for schooling and that this should be done.
“The only general hospital in Somolu was pulled down recently, so we need another one. We also need more roads, and our street lights should he be activated.
“The de-silting of system 2 should be done regularly, especially during rainy season.
“Our youths want ICT Centre like the one in Ikeja. They want the reconstruction of the two police station burnt in Somolu. Many people were victims of the burning of Alade Market so that the women can go back to work,” he said.
In his contribution, Hon. Temitope Adewale (Ifako/Ijaiye 1) urged the state government to complete the mini-stadium in Ifako/Ijaiye.
Adewale added that the Araromi Market in the area should be demolished and reconstructed.
He said that the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest caused lost of lives and properties, and that the people want a fire station as a land was donated for this.
Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Epe 1) said that the people of Epe were affected socially because social engagements were abandoned and several businesses were affected by COVID-19.
“We need more money in the constituency to bring back our businesses. We want our roads to be rehabilitated.
“We have mother and child care centre that has been under construction since the era of former governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, which has not been completed till this moment.
“Epe is an agrarian society and we have water. We want the government to give us a modern jetty. Most of our schools lack facilities and furniture. We have so many communities in my area, so they should be recognised and we want some of them to be upgraded. We have four villages that need just about four kilometers road each, these should be done,” he said.
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, (Ikorodu 1) said that the people of the area showed reason and understanding for the #EndSARS protests and condemned the attack on individuals and government properties.
He stated that they supported the house of assembly on state police and praised the Governor and the Speaker for their efforts on Lagos State.
Agunbiade, however, moved that the compressed report of the constituency stakeholders meetings should be sent to the Governor and this was seconded by Hon. Ajani Owolabi and supported by all the lawmakers.