The residents of the ancient city of Epe defied torrential rains to welcome their federal lawmaker, the #DoingGood Senator, Tokunbo Abiru, the Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District in the Upper Legislative Chamber and the state Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to the commissioning of projects facilitated by Senator Abiru.
Governor Sanwo-Olu inaugurated a 960-capacity mini-Stadium, which include: Football pitch, Basketball and Volleyball courts, administrative offices, changing rooms and other amenities;
The governor also commissioned the remodelled popular Oluwo Fish market which now comprises of 240 open stalls, 82 lock up stalls, 5 open floors, 12 toilets and 4 new offices for Iya Oloja and Baba Oloja, Tourism Board and Local Government Staff Security post.
The projects were put in place by the Presidency through the Office of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
Abiru also doled out grants worth N62.5 million to 1,250 selected market women and traders across the senatorial district and also supported rural farmers with hand planters and financial grants.
Senator Abiru in his speech said he was passionate about improving the socio-economic conditions of his constituents adding that he will not relent in his quest to ensure there is greater good to the larger.
In his remarks, Governor Sanwo-Olu said, “Over the last 18 months, Senator Abiru has dutifully delivered the dividends of democracy in several areas and on multiple fronts, not just in the primary mandate of law-making, but also in terms of life-changing empowerment and endowment.
“Today, we are here to commission a number of infrastructure projects by him, some of which are facilitated through the Office of the Special Assistant to President Buhari on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), occupied an esteemed daughter of Lagos, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire”.
Princess Orelope-Adefulire applauded Senator Abiru for making women empowerment as a cardinal focus of his activities, she noted that such action is crucial for social integration and inclusiveness.
She said the Office of the SDGs in the presidency had facilitated rehabilitation of more than 10 schools and four healthcare projects in the Lagos East Senatorial district.
A novelty football match was played on the pitch between Tokunbo Abiru Football Club and Epe Alaro United.
Dignitaries who graced the well attended commissioning/ empowerment include: Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Kadri Obafemi Hamzat; former Deputy Governor of the state, Prince Abiodun Ogunleye; GAC member, Asiwaju Olorunfunmi Basorun; Alhaji Bode Oyedele; Alhaji Akanni Seriki Bamu; Lagos APC Chairman, Pastor Cornelius Ojelabi; serving commissioners, federal and state legislators among others.