By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
The Chairman House Committee on Local government, in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, on Tuesday commissioned two boreholes in Akeju and Balogun areas of his constituency (Somolu 1) and equally donated N100,000 to Olorungbebe Mosque as part of his contribution to the renovation of the mosque.
Olowo, explained in his speech at the commissioning, that the projects were products of the demand made by the community, stressing that projects in communities should be projects that would add value to the residents existence.
The lawmaker stressed that the boreholes were community oriented and not individual oriented, adding further that public governance should not be about individual but about delivering public goods to the community.
“The projects are community oriented and not individual demand. The community yearned for it, and so it should be done since it is what they want. As a representative of the people, one cannot engage in project that will not be useful to the community and the people as a whole”, said Olowo.
“They did not beg for money from me but only asked me to provide their pressing need, which is provision of portable water supply. That is why these boreholes were sited.”
He added; “These projects should not been seen as my projects, it is the community’s projects. It should be jealously protected and guarded such that it lasted for long. Water is life, nobody can survive without portable water. These projects will be managed by the community itself, I can’t come here to tell you who and how you should manage it, it is your own and so you decide on how you will be running it.”
Speaking on extending his empowerment programmes to the two communities, Olowo said that it would be the responsibility of the Ward Chairmen to collate the names of intended beneficiaries and be sent to him to act on, saying that it can’t be done individually by the intended beneficiaries.
Also, addressing the communities, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chairman in Somolu local government, Chief Femi Taiwo, charged the youths to ensure the security of the boreholes, saying that the communities through the proper management of the boreholes should serve as role models to other neighbouring communities.
Taiwo added that the projects were delivery of dividends of democracy by the lawmaker to the communities, saying that it would end the challenges of portable water supply facing the communities.
While expressing his feelings about the projects, the Chairman of Akeju Phase 1 Community Development Area (CDA), Mr Ajayi Ajibola, said; ” We are happy that this projects are sited in the wards. This brings joy and relieve to us most especially in Akeju because we have been suffering from water supply. We know that the lawmaker is used to empowering people of his constituency, we will want him to include our youths in the empowerment scheme as well. We really appreciate him for these projects and I can assure him that we would manage them judiciously.”
The two boreholes were sighted at Akeju Street under Ijebutedo Ward C and Balogun Lane under Alade Ward D. Also, two power generating sets were donated to aid the frequent supply of water in the communities by the lawmaker.
In attendance are; Former Executive Chairman of Somolu Local government, Mr Gbolahon Bagosto, former Sole Administrator of Somolu, Mr Willy Lawson, Leader of the House (Somolu Local government), Hon. Yomi Osikoya, the Councillors representing the two wards and Woman Leader of Somolu APC.