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Ikorodu Youth group write to Sanwo-Olu, demand more inclusion

Youths in Ikorodu under the aegis of the “Concerned Ikorodu Division Youth” have written a heartfelt letter to the governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, stating different demands bothering on more inclusion of Ikorodu indigenes in his government.

The coordinator of the concerned Ikorodu Division Youths, Kunle Adelabu, at a press conference held on Thursday at Falcoms (Café) Lounge & Bar, Ipakodo – Ebute, Ikorodu made the demands.

The socio-political pressure group, C.I.D.Y also commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the confirmation of Ms Bisola Olusanya in a substantive capacity as a commissioner in his cabinet whilst also pleading on the governor to urge contractors working on ongoing road works across Ikorodu to intensify more actions.

Read the full details of the letter sent to the Governor below.

“As major stakeholders in Ikorodu Division and Lagos State as a whole, we, the concerned youths of lkorodu Division, are adding our voices to the clamour by other stakeholders in the Division to call your attention to the exclusion of the good people of Ikorodu Division from the newly constituted Lagos State Local Government Service Commission.

“We are appealing that you should use your good office in correcting this injustice by reconstituting the Commission to include a representative from Ikorodu Division before sending it to the Lagos State House of Assembly for screening and approval.

“Considering the acceptance and support that your person and your administration have enjoyed from the good people of Ikorodu, we are expecting that we will be treated fairly and justly, but from all indications, nothing has changed from what we have been experiencing since the advent of this democratic dispensation in 1999 when Ikorodu Division started witnessing marginalization in term of political appointments and allocation of projects. Yet, Ikorodu has continued to be with the progressive party the same way it had been from the days of the Alliance for Democracy through Action Congress, Action Congress of Nigeria, till date with the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“During the last election, we gave our votes without hesitation at the APC primaries, even after the party’s primaries, we still did not rest on our oars as we did not only vote for you massively in the general elections, we also guarded our votes jealousy; beat our own voting records and created a new one by recording 45,879 votes and emerged third on the highest votes cast at the election.

“This, we did, believing that your government will realize our importance as an integral asset and division in the state; prioritize our needs by providing for us basic amenities that will better our lots; consider us for appointments and work towards ending the marginalization we have constantly faced from successive governments. WE SAW HOPE IN YOU.

“Mr Governor, twenty months after your inauguration as Governor, the narrative seems to have gone worse, even what should naturally situate here viz positions and benefits, are either being heavily debated before it is finally given or we don’t get it at all. Instances abound in the appointment of just one lkorodu indigene in the Lagos State Executive Council and the delay in confirming her as a substantive commissioner months after the resignation of the former Commissioner in her Ministry.

“Also, our disappointments over the exclusion of Ikorodu Division from the board of Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission among others are still very fresh in our minds.

“Your Excellency, the recently approved list of Chairman and members of Lagos State Local Government Service Commission with the exclusion of Ikorodu division, yet again does not only expose a presumed resentment against the division but also berates some extant laws, especially S. 14(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, which mandates that the composition of state or local government or any of government agency to be carried out with due recognition of the diversity of the people within its area of authority as it emphasizes the need to promote a sense of belonging among all the people of the Federation.

“In addition, S. 45(2a) of the Local Government Administration Law of Lagos State complements the provision S. 14 (4) of the Nigerian Constitution by stating that members shall be nominated from each division of the state and each nomination shall be confirmed by the House of Assembly.

“Mr Governor Sir, we hope that your administration will do everything to change the marginalization narrative towards Ikorodu Division by revisiting the composition of the Commission as released by your Head of Service of Lagos State last week (Tuesday, November 3, 2020) and include a representative from Ikorodu Division.

“Thank you in anticipation of your favourably and speedy response in this regard.”