Somolu residents hail Ambode for inclusive governance

At a news conference to commemorate Lagos at 50, said Ambode had excelled in governance and infrastructure development.

Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

The residents, who spoke through their Community Development Committee (CDC) at a news conference to commemorate Lagos at 50, said Ambode had excelled in governance and infrastructure development.

High Chief Modupe Oluwole, the Vice-Chairperson of the CDC, an umbrella body of 38 Community Development Associations (CDAs) in the area, said the governor’s achievements in the state and Somolu especially, were enormous.

Oluwole, the Jomu Lobun of Ondo Kingdom said: “The Lagos success story can be traced to inclusive government by past and present administrations, and worthy of note is the productive effort of Gov. Ambode.

“Various community development projects within the state are responsible for the brand that Lagos State represents."

“For us in Somolu, we are very grateful to the government for positive impact in our community, ranging from infrastructure to education, health, empowerment and security”.

According to her, some of the success stories in Somolu include Akinwunmi Ambode Primary Healthcare Centre, Eko Free Health Services programme, rehabilitations of Angus Memorial Model College and Ola-Olu Primary, Agunbiade.

She also commended Ambode on the construction of Anifowoshe, Okunsuna, Odunlade and Abiodun roads among other development projects which moved the CDC to organise the event.

“As an indigene and number one current female High Chief in Ondo Kingdom, Lagos is also my part of my success story as an accomplished entrepreneur. It is indeed a land of possibilities."

“While we are appreciating His Excellency, for what his administration has done so far, we call on him to facilitate completion of Shodimu and Bolaji Omupo streets."

“We also need a vocational training centre to empower both our young and old people so as to further improve the standard of living of our people in Somolu,” Oluwole said.

The community leader urged the electorate and aspirants in the forthcoming council elections to shun violence and embrace peace.

She advised the residents to vote only for trusted and tested candidates that would complement the efforts of Ambode at the grassroots.

Meanwhile, Mr Rotimi Olowo, representing Somolu Constituency I at the Lagos State House of Assembly said that the state’s success story in 50 years would not be complete without Somolu.

Olowo said Somolu is an integral part of Lagos that gave Ambode life because the council nurtured him.

Commending the CDC for organising the event to celebrate Lagos at 50, Olowo said that all the ongoing projects in the council would be completed in due time.

“As we move to bring infrastructure to Somolu, let the people take ownership of them for the good of all. The government will continue with its people-oriented policies and projects.,” he said.

NAN reports that Lagos had announced a 50-day line up of activities for its Golden Jubilee celebration which include expo, Lagos Contemporary Dance Festival, Lagos Theatre Festival and symposium.

The final lap of the celebration, which kicked off on April 8, will end on May 27 when the state will turn 50.

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