Constituents of Oshodi/Isolo constituency 2 at this year’s constituency Stakeholders meeting in Ejigbo have requested that the 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) be converted to Local Government Areas (LGAs) to enable the generation of more revenue for infrastructural development in the State.
Honourable Kehinde Bamigbetan former Lagos State commissioner for Information and Strategy, who made the appeal on behalf of the constituency on Thursday stated that in view of the financial need of the State occassioned by Lagos State large population and the recent devastation of the hijack of #EndSARS protests by hoodlums. He said that it was unjustifiable that some States which were at par with the State have since attracted more revenues through creation of extra LGAs.
Honourable Jude Idimogu, lawmaker representing Oshodi/Isolo constituency 2 at Lagos State House of Assembly, who was the host at the event, while responding to the questions, said that the issue had been on the front burner for a very long time. He stressed that the leaders of the party had been concerned about the issue even to the point of requesting for special status for the State. He however said that all the party leaders at the federal and State levels would not relent until the LCDAs.
The chairman committee for wealth creation maintained that the leaders of the party would undertake political approach to resolve the issue. He said, “We will appeal to Lagosians to be hopeful, appeal to the conscience of the leadership of our party at the national level to see reason why the gap should be bridged. From inception the State was at par with Kano, today Kano has 44 LGAs and Jigawa which was created out of Kano has 27 LGAs. It is not fair, so I want to appeal to the President, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Assembly to heed to our request.”
According to the lawmaker, the timing for the meeting was apt considering the fact that the 2021 budget was around the corner and there is need to have inputs from various constituencies of the State for the next annual budget.
He also said that it was unfortunate that most part of the year experienced the COVID-19 pandemic which necessitated the theme for the programme “Post COVID-19 Pandemic. The challenges and Prospects.”
Idimogu said, “We want to use the programme to articulate the opinions and needs of members of the constituency so that we have it as part of input in our 2021 budget. Apart from the people at thus programme, we also have secretaries who can take note of the requests of the constituents and collate them in the budget and that is the essence of the programme. We want to carry the constituents along in preparing our budgets, in fact no constituency should be left out. We are representatives of the people, so we should not leave them out in our planning.”
While speaking on the importance of women contributing to quelling the current tension in the state, Roseline Idimogu, wife of the lawmaker said that the programme took place at an appropriate time so that the lawmakers would appeal to the youths in particular to ensure peace especially at the period of the #EndSARS protests which culminated in the hijack by criminals and the resultant devastation and looting of public and private properties.
Funke Johnson, wife of lawmaker representing Oshodi/Isolo constituency 2 at the green chamber of House of Representatives, while corroborating Roseline Idimogu said that the youths should be patient and listen to the voice of wisdom. She stressed that government was prepared to dialogue with them. She said that in the constituency, youths are well recognised and represented. She advised that they should be patience and prayerful.