Lagos State House of Assembly at the ascension of Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa as the Speaker, introduced an innovative channel, code named “Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting” designed for members to reaching out to their constituents and which must hold simultaneously on a designated date, no wonder Hon. Jude Chukwuemeka Idimogu gathered his people at Clou Event Centre in Isolo, on September 11. JOHN SILAS reports.
Hon (Dr) Jude Chukwuemeka Idimogu representing the good people of Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 02 in the Lagos State House of Assembly during this year’s constituency Stakeholders’ meeting assured the constituents of adequate government presence. Speaking at the 1st Ninth Assembly Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting with the theme, “Environmental Challenges: Community Engagement to Facilitate Lasting Solution”, Idimogu assured the people that he would do everything possible to ensure that government attends to the problems facing the people of Oshodi/Isolo constituency 02.
Idimogu thanked the people who stood by him during the election, adding that he would channel the complaints made by his people to the appropriate quarters. Of particular reference was the issue of flooding which he said would be referred to the ministry of Environment.
At the event attended by Council Chairmen of both Isolo and Ejigbo, Idimogu also issued stern warning to people in the constituency who were building on drainages and asked them to begin to relocate.
Idimogu also frowned at the activities of Okada and revealed that the state government will soon come up with new policy on okada.
He stressed that everybody is part of government and appealed to members of his constituency to be alive to their environment even as he instructed them to stop anybody seen causing nuisance to the environment.
Idimogu also called on the people to pay their taxes as and when due in order to enable government discharge her numerous responsibilities. He stated that Lagos State Assembly is unhappy with the state of funding in the state.
“As an assembly we are not happy with issue of funding, many of you do not pay their taxes, government needs money to work”
Speaking on essence of the town hall meeting Idimogu said “Whatever that is done here and the other 39 town hall meetings will be forwarded to the government for 2020 budget preparation.”
Part of demands and recommendations by the good people of Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 02 to their representative include clearing structures causing flooding in Jakande Estate; stopping careless driving by okada riders, return of monthly sanitation, reconstructing shallow drainages, building pedestrian bridge at Ballet, disallowing construction on drainages, discontinuing people from selling on top drainages.
The people also recommended that government should hand over issue of environment to the local government or partner with them in such a way to bring lasting solution to environmental menace in Lagos State.
On his part Hon. Ganiyu Johnson representing the constituency in the Federal House of Representatives, said Lagos State spends huge money annually on road reconstruction because the canals are not dredged; he said the state must go back to the era of dredging the canal before rainy season. “There cannot be economic growth with gridlock, let’s go back to the old tradition of dredging the canal before rainy season”
He added that Lagos is sitting two meters below sea level and disclosed that if the waters from the drainages cannot be discharged into the canal, there is problem.
He recommended the cleaning up of both canal and drainages in Lagos State.
In attendance at the Town Hall meeting were Party leaders in the constituency, traditional leaders and leaders of thoughts.