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Our Government Is Action-driven, Result-Oriented — Rasaq Ajala, Odiolowo/Ojuwoye LCDA Boss [His Full Speech]

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The Chairman of Odiolowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, Honourable Rasaq Olusola Ajala, has described his administration as not only action-driven but also result-oriented aimed at improving the welfare of the residents of the council and improve their standard of living.

Speaking on his achievements in the office at the council secretariat, Ajala stated that he and his team have been working tirelessly to ensure that dividends of democracy are brought nearer to the people thereby making them feel the positive impact of governance at the grassroots level.

“Thus, it is important that we enlighten our people about the policies, ideals, achievements and also future plans of the administration so that they will constantly be in the know and also be acquainted with ways in which they can take advantage of the various opportunities available to them as citizens of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA,” he said.

He stated further that, “we need to demonstrate through tangible solutions that Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA is standing up for the good people of the community and is connected to their needs.

We also need to place more value on education, security, and safety in order to support those who are disadvantaged in one way or the other. We also need to communicate the added value of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye community and I believe we have done so on many fronts.

Making an impact in Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye community remains paramount and essential to this administration and we have exhibited our desired style in the position of all-inclusive governance. The involvement of citizens enables the government to gain greater acceptance while tackling new issues which is one of the many reasons why this administration opted for the political philosophy tagline that says: “common pool for common benefit”.

We believe this conveys what we are trying to do for our people because it represents our primary aim and we continually spare no efforts in demonstrating it with not just words but visible actions”.

Ajala stated that his administration has carved an image of good governance for itself anchored on commitment, efficiency, and inclusiveness.

Below is the full speech of Hon Rasaq Olusola Ajala delivered at the press conference

PROTOCOL:

Good Afternoon Ladies and gentlemen of the press and our partners in progress and thank you for honoring our invitation. The media as we all know is a source of information on the work of the government as well as on the political, cultural and other relevant events within our community. Your efforts in appreciating and criticizing the good work of our LCDA thereby portraying Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye in good light is not only praiseworthy but highly appreciated. Thank you very much.

This press conference has been put together in order to create awareness and further pass the information to the public at large about our involvement and efforts in catering to the needs of our immediate community and to encourage feedback on how we can do more in ensuring that we place our community on the desired level. It is important that we enlighten our people about the policies, ideals, achievements and also future plans of the administration so that they will constantly be in the know and also be acquainted with ways in which they can take advantage of the various opportunities available to them as citizens of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA.

For the fact that we are at the grassroot level, we have had to employ tactics in dealing with matters that concern our people because the biggest challenge that governments and institutions face today is showing that we care and to mobilize solutions that respond to people’s fears and anxieties with concrete answers.

First we need to demonstrate through tangible solutions that Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA is standing up for the good people of the community and is connected to their needs.

We also need to place more value on education, security, and safety in order to support those who are disadvantaged in one way or the other. We also need to communicate the added value of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye community and I believe we have done so on many fronts.

Making an impact in Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye community remains paramount and essential to this administration and we have exhibited our desired style in the position of all-inclusive governance. The involvement of citizens enables the government to gain greater acceptance while tackling new issues which is one of the many reasons why this administration opted for the political philosophy tagline that says: “common pool for common benefit”. We believe this conveys what we are trying to do for our people because it represents our primary aim and we continually spare no efforts in demonstrating it with not just words but visible actions. The performance of the past administrations in our prestigious LCDA has made continuity a yearning for its people and thus, the assumption of office of my administration has undoubtedly proved that we are well equipped for the job ahead of us.

I, Hon Rasaq Olusola Ajala and my team, believe in being action-oriented and result-driven. The efforts we constantly put into action serve as a reminder that people must be carried along through proper dissemination of information on activities and programmes of government and that is one of the targets we seek to achieve with this medium.

Over time, there has been a debate as to why there is a low or inadequate performance at the local government level in Nigeria. Some of the reasons range from low funding to the nation-wide recession amongst many others. This administration also believes that low funding is a major challenge the LCDA is facing because the funds being disbursed from the federal government is not adequate to execute all the needs of our people. I want to stress that in spite of the challenges, we must leave no stone unturned in serving our people.

Looking at the journey since we assumed office, we have carved an image for ourselves that represents good governance, commitment, efficiency, and inclusiveness. We have worked concertedly to cover a milestone in several sectors such as the educational sector, infrastructural sector, agricultural sector, health sector and also in the areas of civic engagement, staff welfare and social intervention programs. Gentlemen of the Press, I will now take you through our achievements which have been made possible through collective efforts from various quarters:

WORKS AND INFRASTRUCTURE

• Construction of 4-rooms office for the use of staff tagged (LAGOS @ 50 BLOCK)
• Completion of drainage projects : ​Ago-Owu Street

​​​​​​​​Alhaji Otta Street

​​​​​​​​Anuoluwapo Street

​​​​​​​​Opeloyeru Street

​Cole Street

​​​Smith Street

• Re-Construction of roads: ​​Araba Street

Oziegbe Street

Cole Street

Ogidan Street

Olorunsogo Street

Iya Egbe Street

​​​​​​​​Alhaji Lasisi Street

​​​​​​​​Ogunji Street

​​​​​​​​Ibukunolu Street

​Ibiteye Street

• Rehabilitation of roads: ​​​Abiodun Street

​​​​​​​​Kumuyi Street

​​​​​​​​Fafolu Street

Macaulay Street

Michael Adekoya Street

• Palliative Roads Obalodu Street

​Ogundele Street

​Bello Cresent

• Renovation and furnishing of the Legislative building​in the council secretariat
• Renovation of HOD’s offices
• Renovation and furnishing of offices for the use of the S.L.G and Supervisors.
• Reconstruction/Rehabilitation of Boreholes (135 Nos.) and provision of generators to power for effective use by the people.
• Complete renovation of the council marriage registry hall.
• Complete renovation of LASSRA building.
• Renovation and furnishing of customary court.
• Complete renovation and re-making of the council Hall.
• Complete renovation of the council premises.
• Procurement of 3 buses for the police formation in the LCDA
• Refurbishment of pick up van for Ilupeju police station
• Procurement of 2 trucks for evacuation of refuse and carting away of desilted drain waste.
• Renovation and re-making of the chairman and vice chairman’s office
• Construction and furnishing of police post for theuse of mopol unit at Alhaji Lasisi street, Idi-Oro.

HEALTH SECTOR

• Ongoing reconstruction of coker primary health care, ilupeju
• The community was duly sensitized on Lassa Fever, Monkey pox virus, polio and measles
• Medical mission in collaboration with Rotary Club Ilupeju, NYSC, pharmaceutical council of Nigeria, Fidson pharmaceutical and Synlab on free blood pressure test, free treatment on hypertension and Eye screening, consultation and free treatment.
• Maternal and child health week: Immunization, family planning, ante-natal, delivery, post-natal, hand washing, HIV counseling and screening, mosquito net distribution, de-worming of children under five (5) years, supplements distribution to pregnant women, malaria diagnosis and treatment, nutrition counseling at four primary health care centres (PHC’s) namely: Ayantuga, Coker, Anikulapo and Kajola.

AGRIC AND SOCIAL SERVICE

Organisation of programmes targeted at community development and civic engagement. The programmes include;

• Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Traders Money (Trade Assistance programme: TAP)
• Sales of chickens at subsidised rate during the christmas period
• Eid-el-Kabir celebration and sales of Ileya rams at subsidized rates

• Participation at annual celebration of Community day.
• Introduction of carol and thanksgiving service to celebrate the yuletide season
• Pre-Ramadan lecture to foster religious harmony.
• Periodic meeting with stakeholders

• YOUTH DEVELOPMENT
• Table Tennis Championship
• Boxing Tournament
• Novelty match
• Skill acquisition programs

WASTE AND SANITATION

• Initiation of a programme tagged operation ‘Keep Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA Clean A Must (KOOCAM)
• Procurement of two trucks for refuse collection and disposal
• Employment of over 100 sanitation corps
• Procurement of sanitation equipments for fumigating and cleaning.
• Regular drainage clearing and silt removal.
• Evacuation of refuse from illegal dungs and black spots around the LCDA thereby reducing flood and ensuring free flow of waste water.

• Regular Inspection of residential, industrial and commercial premises to ensure clean environment, community participation in sanitation and hygiene. This inspection led to reduction of breeding spaces and places for vectors andn rodents.

• Public enlightenment on environment education and sanitation
• Tree Planting Exercise

EDUCATIONAL SECTOR

• Transportation of one thousand five hundred (1500) primary school students in Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA to their common entrance venues.
• Construction of 6 blocks of classrooms at Ajenifuja primary school and Nusara-U-Deen primary school
• Renovation of Structural defects of classrooms (replacement of roofs, provision of fence, construction of drains etc…) in all the twenty seven (27) public primary schools in the LCDA.
• Annual financial support of sporting activities in all the twenty seven (27) public primary schools within the LCDA.
• Procurement of two free school buses for students within the community
• Provision of one thousand (1000) copies of upper basic mathematics workbook with past questions and answers to J.S.S 3 students within the LCDA.
• Home economics equipment (Refrigerators, Freezer, four burner cooking gas, and manual gas cooker) presented to the home economics centre at Adeleye Primary School.
• Free G.C.E forms distributed to indigent students within the LCDA
• Sponsorship and assistance towards the celebration of World Teachers Day.
• Sponsorship of the annual spelling bee competition

STAFF WELFARE

• Periodic financial assistance to staff
• Payment of bonus during festive period
• Medical assistance to staff that have health challenges

INFORMATION MANAGEMENT

• Building of official website for the council.
• Construction and placement of complaint boxes at strategic locations within the LCDA.
• Procurement of gadgets and equipment for information dissemination within the LCDA.

From this narrative, it is evident that this administration is leaving no stone unturned in delivering on our electoral promises. It is worthy to note that governance should not be only by saying but by doing what will be of utmost benefit to the people. As we look at the various challenges we face daily, there is no doubt that the desired solution requires collective efforts.

The truth is that many of us are not convinced of the power and purpose of cooperation thus we need to understand why, and ultimately act on that understanding.

It is my sincere desire that this administration in its pursuit of serving and improving the overall conditions of its people strategically positions Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area as an ideal frontline grassroots community.

Therefore, I would like to use this medium to appeal to every member of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye community to please pay their rates and levies because it is only with your unflinching support and encouragement that we will be able to continue the good works.

We will continue to encourage collaboration from stakeholders and private sector participants in moving Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA forward.

To the gentlemen of the Press, I encourage you to serve us with critiques that will spur us to do better for the greater good of not just our community but the society at large.

Thank you and God bless you all.

Long Live Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA

Long Live Lagos State

Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Hon Rasaq Olusola Ajala

Executive Chairman

Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA

​Opeloyeru Street

​Cole Street

​​​Smith Street

• Re-Construction of roads: ​​

Araba Street

Oziegbe Street

Cole Street

Ogidan Street

Olorunsogo Street

Iya Egbe Street

​​​​​​​​Alhaji Lasisi Street

​​​​​​​​Ogunji Street

​​​​​​​​Ibukunolu Street

​Ibiteye Street

• Rehabilitation of roads: ​​​Abiodun Street

​​​​​​​​Kumuyi Street

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Court Orders Seizure Of 46 Houses, Land Linked With Ex-NSITF Boss Olejeme

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted an order of interim forfeiture in relation to 46 property including houses and parcels of land suspected to be owned by former Chairperson of the Board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Mrs. Ngozi Juliet Olejeme.

Justice Taiwo granted the order in a ruling on a motion ex-parte, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/538/2020, argued on Tuesday by Ekele Iheanacho, a lawyer with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Justice Taiwo ordered the EFCC to publish the order in a national daily to enable anyone who is interested in the affected property to show cause within 14 days why the assets should not be permanently forfeited to the Federal Government.

The judge fixed July 27 this ‎year as the return date.

The 46 property, listed in documents filed in court, is said to be located in Abuja, Bayelsa and Delta states.
The EFCC claimed, in a supporting affidavit, that Olejeme acquired the said property with public funds she allegedly diverted while serving in the NSITF between 2009and 2015.

One of the properties is identified as N0: 2 Kainji Crescent, Off Lake Chad Crescent, Maitama, Abuja (also known as Plot 738 Cadastral Zone AO5, Maitama, Abuja, the which the EFCC claimed she acquired in 2012 at N1.3billion.

The EFCC alleged that Olejeme acquired the property using funds received as kickbacks from contractors, through third parties.

It stated that “During Mrs. Olejeme’s tenure as aforestated, she collected a cumulative sum of USD $48, 485,127.00 from Chuka Eze (her Account Officer in First Bank Plc), Henry Sambo Ekhasomi (the Director of Finance of NSITF), Aliyu Zubairu (Director of Corporate Affairs -NSITF), Adebayo Aderibigbe and Abubakar Umar.

“The said sum of USD $48, 485,127.00 represents the dollar equivalent of kickbacks paid to BDC (bureau de change) by contractors/consultants of NSITF on Mrs. Olejeme’s instructions as well as payments to the BDC operators directly from NSITF account.

“The personal account of Mrs. Olejeme in First Bank Plc also received a total in-flow of N22, 200,000.00 from Hybrid Investment Advisors Ltd, a contractor to NSITF.

“Excellent Solicitors & Consultants is one of the firms engaged by the NSITF as a consultant.

“In the course of time, the firm received over N1,000, 000, 000.00 from the NSITF under the guise of rendering consultancy services, its proprietor Max Ozoaka withdrew the monies and either gave same in cash to Mrs. Olejeme or did transfer to her proxies under her instructions.

“Within the same period, the sum of N5, 984,059,110 was paid by NSITF under the guise of consultancy services to Fountain Legal Services and Fountain Media Consults being the firms owned by Adebayo Adebowale Aderibigbe (a staff of NSITF).
“As the said payments were made by the NSITF to his firms’ accounts, Mr. Adebayo Adebowale Aderibigbe gave Mrs. Olejeme a total cash sum of N505,000,000.00 and US$11,488,550.00 in dollars.

“Mrs. Olejeme procured the services of bureau de change operators through Mr. Chuka, who provided the bank accounts of the BDC operators to her.

“Several consultants/contractors to NSITF transferred money to the bank accounts of these BDC operators in naira for Mrs. Olejeme while the dollar equivalent of each naira lodgment would be collected by Mr. Chuka and handed over to Mrs. Olejeme in her house or through bank transfers.

“Mr; Chuka was interviewed on various dates including 23rd August 2016, 19th December 2016, 4th April 2017, 2nd May 2017, 17th July 2017 19th December 2017, 27th December 2017 and 17th May 2018 and he consistently narrated the details of the numerous United States dollars he couriered to Mrs. Olejeme as well as other financial dealings he carried out for her.

“The BDC Operators which provided the currency exchange services for Mrs. Olejeme through Mr. Chuka include Majia BDC, Alim BDC, and Ashanbrak.BDC.

“In addition to giving the currencies to Mr. Chuka for Mrs. Olejeme, there were occasions where the BDC Operators transferred some of the funds directly to Mrs. Olejeme’s controlled bank accounts.

“For instance, Mrs. Olejeme received the sum of N350,000,000.00 from the BDCs into her private company Able Jes Nigeria Ltd’s account in GTBank Plc in two days i.e (29th and 30th April 2013).

“In fact on 29th April 2013, only Adamu Musa of Majia BDC made cash deposits into the same account totaling N236,350, 000.00. She (Mrs. Olejeme) is the sole signatory to the said account.

“Mrs. Olejeme used the huge funds referred to in the foregoing paragraphs, which funds did not form part of her lawful income, to acquire property referred to.

“She used third parties in making payments for all the property so as to conceal and or avoid the properties/funds from being easily traced directly to her.

“Mrs. Olejeme hired the services of one Mr. Ifeanyi Njokanma, who is a property manager to purchase and acquire, on her behalf, most of the property,” the EFCC said.

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BREAKING: Lagos, Abuja Airports To Resume Operations July 8

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The Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, are to resume domestic operations on Wednesday, July 8.

Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, announced this on his twitter handle on Wednesday night.

He said the date for commencement of international flights would be announced in due course.

The minister said Lagos and Abuja airports would resume operations on July 8, while Kano, Port Harcourt, Owerri, and Maiduguri airports are to resume operations on July 11 and other airports would start operations on July 15.

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BREAKING: FG Increases Petrol Pump Price To N143.8/litre

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The Federal Government through the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA) has announced a new retail price band for oil marketers across the country.

In a circular dated July 1st, the downstream regulator said oil marketers are now expected to sell petrol within the price range of N140.80 and N143.80.

The circular reads in part;

“Please recall the provision for the establishment of a monthly price band within which Petroleum Marketers are expected to sell PMS at the retail stations, based on the existing price regime.”

“After a review of the prevailing market fundamentals in the month of June and considering Marketers’ realistic operating costs, as much as practicable, we wish to advise a new PMS pump price of N140.80 to 143.80/Litre for the month of July 2020.”

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