–Calls for Public Participation in Protection of Public Facilities
Sequel to the EndSARS protest, the Chairman of Olorunda Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Lagos State, Hon. Samson Olatunde (SAMOLA) on Tuesday, 27th October 2020 inspected all affected sites, due to alleged attack by hoodlums across the LCDA.
This was made known in a press statement issued by the Media Aide to the Chairman, Farayola Joseph and Co-signed by the Special Adviser on Information, Adeosun Abdulwahab.
“As a result of the recent vandalisation activities recorded across Lagos State, the Executive Chairman of Olorunda Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Samson Folorunso Olatunde (SAMOLA) earlier today toured affected sites across Olorunda LCDA to have first-hand knowledge of the degree of lawless activities perpetrated.
“You may recall that last week, the nationwide ENDSARS protest took a sad turn after vandals and hoodlums infiltrated the midst of peaceful protesters and began to wreak havoc as tension erupted. Public and private properties were razed, vandalized and looted as the protest got hijacked, and this has necessitated the inspection exercise embarked upon by the Council Mayor.” The statement reads.
The statement also revealed that the Chairman, alongside with the Vice-Chairman, Mr. Femi Bamgbose, The SLG, Mr. Odu Joseph, The Leader of the House, Hon. Idowu Awotunde, Chief of Staff, Mr. Sesan Ajose, other members of the Executive and Legislative arms, Special Assistants and Management Staff of the Council started the inspection from Mowo/Aradagun Police Station, Mowo.
“The first port of call was the Mowo/Aradagun Police Station, Mowo, from where the cavalcade proceeded to the facility holding LASTMA, Vehicle Inspection Centre, FRSC Offices and Drivers Institute. There, Hon. Olatunde alongside his entourage, saw first hand the remains of terribly ravaged structures, vehicles and equipment.
“After thoroughly scrutinizing the site, the procession proceeded to Area K Police Command, Oko-Afo and later Morogbo Divisional Police Headquarters where the Council Mayor stopped to rejuvenate the Officers of the law in order to ensure that protection of lives and property is maintained as the Council continues to recover from the recent crisis.
“A final stop was made at the Police-post, Morogbo Division where another scene of vandalisation was examined.” The statement added.
Speaking with the Media after the inspection, Samola noted that he is unhappy at the degree of damages done, adding that they are major setback to the development of the LCDA.
According to him, “Already, we are a community that I considered to be way behind as far as public structures and facilities are concerned. That is the reason behind this administration’s commitment to erecting all the structures we have erected and those to come.
“So seeing the amount of wreckage that is on parade now, I am genuinely heartbroken. I hate to say it, but we have taken some steps back now.”
Speaking further, the Chairman urged residents of the area to become active in the protection of properties, structures and lives within the LCDA, stressing that the properties is for the good of everyone, therefore it should be protected by all.
“It is important that we start regarding the protection of these facilities as our common responsibility. And doing this starts from reporting suspicious activities to relevant authority amongst other display of responsibility that can be applied as the case may be.
“On our part as the Government, we remain committed to our promise of an aggressive infrastructural development across Olorunda LCDA. But we cannot do it alone as only together can we protect and further develop Olorunda LCDA, and by extension, Lagos State.”, he added.