The chairman of Oshodi-Isolo local government, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, Hon. Idris Bolaji Muse-Ariyo on Thursday, gave an account of his stewardship since assumption of office on 22nd July, 2017 during an interactive session held at the council secretariat.
Speaking during the program put together by Pitch Communications and the council’s media office, Muse-Ariyoh told the gathering that he has been working round the clock, leaving no stone unturned in his quest for the realization of his envisioned growth and development of the local government.
According to him,“My envisioned growth and development of Oshodi in fulfillment of my electoral promises goes beyond any shadow of doubt. It is audible to the deaf and visual to the visually impaired.
“The greatness of Oshodi is the utmost priority of my administration as well as the delivery of the 21st century dividends of democracy that are human oriented,” he said.
He stated that his administration at the grassroots has touched all the core facets governance which includes: infrastructural development, education, security, empowerment and wealth creation, social and sports development as well as health and environment.
According to him, “We did a lot in the area of road reconstruction. The roads reconstructed are, among others, Arowojobe, Oludegun, Afariogun, Dauda, Alimi Oke, Olowora, Alhaji Rafiu, Abolaji, Osundeyi, Branco, Boladale, Temidire, Adisatu, Agoijaiye, Raji Abayomi, Sunmonu Abayomi, Baderin, Makinde, Odalume, Church, Liverpool, Mukadansi, Oshodi, Arowosegbe, Ajenifuja, Ogunoloko, Adeyemi and Oloko. We also provided street lights and drainages for the comfort of road users.
“We developed many primary schools in the local government area by building classrooms. We also rehabilitated and upgraded many infrastructural facilities. One of these schools is Afariogun Primary School.
“We renovated and upgraded Oshodi UNDP Vocational Institute, offices in the local government secretariat and area offices, Oshodi Marriage Registry and many others.
“We are giving bursary awards; we provided school buses; we provided the solar system to light the secretariat area.
Speaking on why some inner roads within the council were still in bad, the council boss blamed it on climate change.
He explained that the council would have embarked on massive rehabilitation of inner roads, but the unending rainy season had continued to be an hindrance.
“If we start to work on all the bad roads at this period, I personally will end up crying because the weather at the moment is not in our favour. We all know what before now, by this time of the year, the rainy season would have gone but the climate change has affected this and it is not so again.
“If we have to embark on any project now, we will need to consult the weather forecasters. Another issue affecting us is the fact that Lagos state is below the sea level and whenever it rains, everywhere is flooded and when you even say you want to work, flood will even wash off the asphalt.”
Muse-Ariyoh used the occasion to appealed to the residents of the council area to fulfil their financial obligations to the council, adding that prompt and regular payment of taxes and levies would enable the government to carry out its responsibilities for the benefit of the masses.
“I am imploring our people to cooperate with the local government in the area of revenue generation. Your cooperation is of great importance in this aspect. On our own part, we gave out buses and renovated revenue offices to encourage our officers in their efforts to improve on revenue generation,” he assured.