Thursday, 25th of July, 2019, marks a significant day in the administration of Hon. (Dr.) Ahmed Olanrewaju Apatira as he clocks two years in office.
This second year anniversary offers a platform to renew his commitment to the cause of a productive and peaceful Environment, and also acknowledging/appreciating the vital roles played by the residents in entrusting the management of affairs of Itire Ikate LCDA onto the able hands of Hon Apatira led Administration.
This administration has in the last two years carved a niche for herself as regards the laudable programmes done within the communities. It is noteworthy to mention that this administration has ensure participatory democracy within the Governmental framework, and across the party divides too in bettering the lots of members.
However, it is instructive to state that achieving this commendable feat came at a great cost, but this administration have joyfully enhance the doctrine of an all inclusive governance .
In seeking to meet the people’s aspirations despite the limited resources available and at a period of time where infrastructural demands from residents has greatly increased; the administration of Dr. Apatira has tackled the infrastructural deficiencies robustly since inception.
This administration has painstakingly pays a particular attention to the core areas of Infrastructural Renewal, Provision of Health Care Delivery, Achieving A Serene Environment, Quality Education, Youth Employment and Empowerment, Development of Human Capital, Support for Women and Small Scale Businesses, Sports and Recreational Activities, Security and Welfare packages.
A SERENE ENVIRONMENT
Hon. (Dr.) Ahmed Olanrewaju Apatira in his quest to fulfill one of his campaign promises to make communities within Itire Ikate LCDA cleaner and more hygienic, begins with the acquisition of worthy tools and sanitary equipment for the Environment Services and Waste Management Department for an effective operations by the Sweepers and Drains Ducks.
In the last two years, numerous drainages have been massively cleared, with the inclusion of the major canal single handedly done by the LCDA in the process of ensuring a flood free environment for the residents of Itire, Ikate, Ijeshatedo communities. The Chairman tactfully set in the motion to make the local government one of the cleanest in the state.
Hon Apatira led administration has sincerely fulfilled some of his promises to improve on the state of Bad roads network in Itire Ikate inherited at the inception of this government.
This present administration has constructed Roads namely Ogunmuyiwa Street, Irapada Street, Gbadamosi Street, Salami Bashorun Street, Ikale Street and Adeshina Street.
Moreover, a lot of streets have been graded within the communities namely Teniola Street, Ehi Street, Sesan Moyegun Street, Aguntasholo Street, Ashimowu Bakare Street, Mutairu Ijaiye Street, Obashola Ajijola Street amongst others, While palliative measures were done at Omilani Street, and Oduduwa street. It is note worthy to mention that at least sixty drainages were cleared and carted away in all the communities of Itire/ Ikate LCDA.
In line with the vision of Hon Apatira to have a conducive environment, the Council Hall was expanded and renovated to standard.
Construction of a Borehole is ongoing at Itelorun steet in Itire Community to provide portable water to the residents of that axis. It is imperative to say that the customary court situated at Ijesha Road in Itire-Ikate LCDA has been earmarked for reconstruction.
Construction of the First Phase of Adegbite Market situated at Lawanson was among the laudable projects initiated and completed by the Administration of Hon. (Dr.) Apatira. The second Phase of the Market is Ongoing.
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND EMPLOYMENT
With the unrivaled desire of the amiable chairman to reduce the issue of unemployment in our communities; the chairman designed a template to empower the youths through the provision of a functional vocational Training/ Skill acquisition institute at Odo-Olowu Primary School, Ijeshatedo, Surulere. There is also provision of soft loan for the Graduands by Itire-Ikate LCDA in conjunction with LSTEF to ensure a Start-Up Loan for their Skills and Trades. This initiative will drastically reduce the rate of unemployment and put food on the tables of some of the residents.
Furthermore, some of our youths who understand and appreciate the saying ” There is dignity in Labour have been offered employment into the Environment Services and Waste Management Department to help in the quest of clearing our drainages.
SUPPORT FOR WOMEN AND SMALL SCALE BUSINESS
The drastic reduction of poverty in a particular society will ensure peaceful co- existence and increase in revenue generation for the government of the day. Hon Apatira deeply understand this notion and has vigorously provided financial Assistance to Women of the LCDA to improve on their business output. Also some of our women have been employed into the Local government workforce through the State Government’s CLEANER LAGOS INITIATIVE
There is a saying that ” if you think that Education is expensive, then try Ignorance”. To this end, the administration of Hon Apatira has deem it fit to improve on the existing infrastructures of the public schools within the axis of itire Ikate communities, one of the beneficiaries is Duro- Oyedoyin Primary School whose dilapidated structure has been given a facelift.
Furthermore, Apatira led administration has acquired some plots of land to build the first secondary school in Itire-Ikate LCDA in order to ameliorate the sufferings of the students of the local government in their quest to have a sound education and reduce their travel time to get qualitative secondary school Education. Also,the construction of a well equipped library will start soon within the Local Government Area.
Over 500 GCE, and UTME/JAMB forms has been distributed to indigent students to enable them pursue their Education and Career dreams.
Bursary awards were also granted to some outstanding students among the youths of Itire-Ikate LCDA to aid in the pursuit of their academics.
Special Intervention programmes were designed and frequently organized for Widows, Widowers, physically Challenge and Aged to relieve them of societal neglects and porosity to diseases.
DEVELOPMENT OF HUMAN CAPITAL AND STAFF WELFARE
Trainings and Leadership seminars were organized for the Legislators, Management staffs and the political class twice a year within and outside the state. Also the chairman presented official vehicles to council functionaries to ease their working conditions and cushion the delivery of official duties and assignments. This trend will enhance productivity among the workforce and political office holders.
PROVISION OF ADEQUATE HEALTH CARE
Hon Apatira led administration has ensure the primary health centers in Itire Ikate LCDA were refurbished, more Doctors and Nurses were employed to cover for the shortages of personnels. Also the health centered are well equipped with modern medical facilities to provide qualitative medical services to the residents. Health Fitness Walk are regularly organized to help minimize HBP and other related ailments of the residents.
Itire Ikate LCDA has always keyed into the vision of the Lagos State Government, adding credence to this, is the sustainability of regular purchase of Lake Rice for residents of the LCDA since the inception of this concept by Lagos State Government. Also party members and Leaders, political office holders and Community Development Associations (CDAs) are always accorded gifts during the festive periods. A sizeable number of people of the local government are also sponsored to observe pilgrimages.
SOCIAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY
The Chairman observed this year Edition of Lagos state Annual Tree planting; thus raising the awareness of the benefit Trees does to our environment aside from providing shades.
Besides, Hon Apatira received the Aare Ona Kakanfo of yoruba land at his office on a courtesy visit last year, Otunba Gani Adams reiterated the need for love, unity and peaceful co-existence among the yoruba race.
Also some notable artistes like Saheed Balogun and a host of others pays the chairman visits in furtherance to the marvelous job he is doing at Itire Ikate Communities.
SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
The indefatigable council Chairman has passionately supported the youths of Itire-Ikate in their various sports Endeavours, Itire-Ikate Football Team emerged victorious at the State junior league, Winner of Lagos State Women’s Day Match Parade, and also brilliant Performances were recorded by the council soccer team at last year HOS Cup.
A society where the security network is porous is inimical to growth and development, and this will in turn affects the Socio-Economic value of residents.
The council boss who is noted for his proactive security acumen takes it as a point of duty to have Peace and Security meetings quarterly with all the security outfits that domiciled within the LCDA. He charged them to tackle the nefarious activities and menace displayed by some street urchins so as to ensure a crime free neighborhood. To match words with action, Hon Apatira renovated the Anjorin police post to an enviable standard, Also provided operational vehicles and gadgets to Itire Divisional police and Ijeshatedo police post which has aided the operation of Nigerian Police force in Itire-Ikate Communities. The Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps, Itire-Ikate Division was assisted with Vehicular Tyres and Security Gadgets too.
The task of building a viable Itire Ikate LCDA is very surmountable, To this end, Hon. (Dr.) Olanrewaju Apatira shared this views and has been working round the clock to surpass the yearnings of the people