Chairman, House Committee on Defense and member representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon Babajimi Benson has parleyed community leaders across two local governments in Ikorodu West and Ikorodu North LCDA to profer lasting solutions to the infrastructural deficits in the two communities.
Hon Benson led his I-Care Foundation team members to the two communities on what was tagged a ‘Listening Tour’ of the two communities.
Addressing the community leaders at the strategic meetings, Director-General of the I-Care Foundation, Mayor Deen Sanwoola explained that the team’s visit was not a campaign tour but an opportunity for the community leaders to have a one-on-one interaction with their representative on how to proffer solutions to their various community’s infrastructural challenges.
Commending Hon Benson for embarking on the visit, the community leaders expressed appreciations to the federal lawmaker for identifying with them.
The visiting team first touched down at Oriokuta joint CDA, where the community leaders made diverse requests for the lawmaker’s considerations.
A resident of the community and Chairman of NUT Ikorodu Branch, Com Femi Fakolade commended Hon Benson for his interventions including facilitating the building of 18 schools, various roads and other amenities. He concluded by asking for the intervention of Hon Benson for the upgrading of the community health centre. He equally appealed to the rep member to assist with the completion of the only public secondary School in the community which was still under construction.
Mr S.M Odejobi, Chairman Ori okuta New Life CDA who said he has been living in the community since 1987 described Hon Benson’s visit as dream come true. He however lamented the lack of government presence in his community inspite of the fact that his community has donated land for the building of public amenities.
Mr Charles Ojeubo commended Hon Benson for the visit. He expressed satisfaction with the legislature’s visit stating that he and his community were committed to reciprocate the visit by supporting his re-election.
Similarly, Mr Owolabi Oriola who has been living in the community since 2005 and commended the rep member for demystifying public office with his visit to the community. He begged Hon Benson to do all within his power to help fastrack the completion of the ongoing Agric-Isawo Road.
Other residents echoed the general appeal to the federal lawmaker to assist the community with more amenities that would make the community more livable for the people.
The second port of call was Erunwen community where the seven Erunwen community and CDA leaders were well represented.
Whille the request at Erunwen community in terms of the need for public secondary school and public health centre were similar, they were however unanimous in requesting for the intervention of the Ikorodu born federal legislator in rehabilitating the deplorable Erunwen community road.
Responding, Hon Benson announced to the chagrin of all at the meeting that approval for the rehabilitation of the road has been sought while budget has been approved. He however explained that works would start in November when fund would be released for the road rehabilitation.
He added that the road would be complimeted with solar powered street lights and other things that would change the face of the community for the better.
The entire Erunwen community Hall erupted in jubilation as community leaders took turns to express appreciations to Hon Benson.
Speaking on behalf of the community leaders, the Bobakeye of Ikorodu and one of the prominent leaders of Erunwen, Chief Niyi Banjoko commended Hon Benson for the intervention, while assuring him that the entire seven Erunwen community CDAs will vote en-masse for his re-election in 2023.