Make a mark while in office, new Ifelodun LG chairman advised

HONOURABLE (Alhaji) Abdulfatai Adeniyi Garuba (a.k.a Labaka) the newly elected chairman of Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, has been advised to work hard and ensure that he makes a notable mark while in office by doing something worthwhile to immortalize his name.

This advice was given by Barrister Abdul Ganiy Afolabi Sulaimon while fielding questions from Heritage Echo Newspaper correspondent in Falokun Oja, Kwara State recently.

The legal icon who had served as chairman of the same local government between 2004–2007, having congratulated the new chairman for his electoral success in the just concluded local government polls in the state, imployed him to execute a specific project that the people in the area will identify him with even after leaving office as chairman.

This is the only way you can immortalize your name, he added.

Barrister Sulaimon said if he doles out money to the people to draw their attention to his government, they would soon forget you but if you execute a notable project, something that both the indigenes and non-indigenes can see physically as a permanent achievement, the people in the area will never forget you and your tenure, he pointed out.

On the challenges facing the local government and Falokun Oja town in particular, Barrister Sulaimon said the area lacked cottage industries to enhance and boost the economy of the town.

He added that there were no tertiary institutions in the town too. He therefore used the opportunity of the interview to plead with the Senate President, Senator (Dr.) Bukola Saraki to use his good offices to cause a campus at one of the federal universities in the country to be sited in Falokun Oja in order to accelerate its social and economic development.

“I want to appeal to all the well-to-do indigenes of the town both at home and in the diaspora to tap the potential resources in the ancient town.

They should come home to build ultra modern hotels, petrol filling stations, establish private schools, industries and such businesses to improve the economic and social status of the town, saying unions, societies, association, religious groups and governments at all levels can use such hotels for their conferences, meetings and seminars among other purposes.  Political parties can also use such facilities for their meetings if available in the town.

With this, the economy and social status of the town will increase, he added.

He said if indigenes and non-indigenes invest in hotel business they would never regret it, he added.

The legal luminary also advised the new council boss to assist farmers and artisans by giving them interest free loans, fertilizer for farmers and also construct rural roads to facilitate evacuation of farm produce to the cities.

Equally, markets should also be opened for farmers to sell their produce easily.

He urged farmers in the area to work hard, assuring them that a new market would soon be opened in the area.

The former local government chairman urged the new chairman to ensure that he assist poultry and fish farmers too in order to boost all round food production in the area during his tenure.

He pointed out that whatever assistance the council wants to give to farmers in particular must be timely. Barr. Sulaimon also used the opportunity to commend the traditional ruler of  Falokun land, HRH, Oba Aliu Bolakale AbdulKadir, Oyebola V for his efforts in moving the land forward socially and economically. He also commended the monarch for his leadership qualities, praying Allah to continue to give him the wisdom to lead the people in the land to the promised land of prosperity.


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