By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The lawmaker representing Lagelu state constituency in Oyo State House of Assembly, Honourable Akintunde Olajide popularly called AKT, has set his constituency agog by providing electricity supply through his rural electrification projects to Iyana-offa area of Lagelu Local Government.
Honourable Akintunde who doubled as the PDP Whip of the 9th Assembly also commissioned borehole projects which were provided for residents of Yawuri area of Akobo-ojurin (ward 1) as well as Agboon area of Iyana-church (ward 5) after several years of lacking water supply in the areas.
Speaking during the project commissioning on Monday, Hon Akintunde, explained that it baffled him to see parts of his constituency in abject blackout for over 12 years without power supply as well as lacking clean and potable water in a 21st century.
He added that the commissioned projects have been topmost on his priority list even before becoming a lawmaker.
The lawmaker who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Commerce and Cooperatives said the two key developmental projects that are intended to boost economic activities in his constituency are water and electricity supply stressing that such projects will greatly enable micro and small-medium scale enterprises to spring up particularly to financially empower members of Lagelu state constituency in productive ventures.
He said even though there was a paucity of funds, due to the global pandemic which has crippled the financial might of Oyo State and Nigeria aspects a whole, he is committed to the well being of his people as well as attracting physical development to Lagelu constituency.
The highlight of the event was a public commendation of the gesture by a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagelu chapter, who lauded Honourable Akintunde for his effective and qualitative representation at the House of Assembly and providing potable water supply to Yawuri area of Akobo-ojurin that had lacked drinkable water supply for many years, stressing that he could not contain his excitement even as a member of the opposition party.
The Chairman, Iyana-church Landlord Association, who expressed appreciation to the lawmaker for provision of the borehole in the area stated that Honourable Akintunde is an exceptional leader who has justified the votes of Lagelu residents by staying true to his words and campaign promises.
“If past lawmakers who had represented the constituency at the state House of Assembly had engaged in such community development projects all along, Lagelu local government would have been more developed in terms of access to basic amenities and others.
He also commended Hon Akintunde for being sensitive to the plight of his people at the grassroots.
Some residents who spoke to journalists shortly after the commissioning expressed excitements and gratitude to the lawmaker for being very accessible to the masses by empowering vulnerable women and unemployed youths of the constituency in order to improve the quality of life they live.
“Our confidence in Hon Akintunde’s leadership has been further renewed by these gestures because we have never had it this good in term of quality representation in Lagelu constituency. With this, we will continue to support the lawmaker in his future political ambitions.”