REPORT ON SAGAMU COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (SCDC) ACTIVITIES
April 2000 – December 2002.

MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE

Sagamu Community

Otunba S K Onafowokan Chairman
Chief M O Ogunlana
Olotu Omoba Jas Adekunle
Chief S A Oduwaiye
Prince Bayo Ogunnaike (Resigned Nov 2002)
Mr Sola Oluwole
Lanre Akintola Esq
Alhaji G K Oladipo
Professor O A Dada
Prince Isiaka Salami
Comrade Wole Ogunsan
Comrade Taiwo Adeyemi
Mr Adefowope Odumuyiwa

Odu’a Investment Company Ltd

Akogun ‘Lekan Alabi
Barrister Olanipekun

WAPCO Plc

Mr Ranti Sokunbi
Mr P A Olaniyan
Mr James Salako
Mr Dele Daada
Mr Segun Agboola
Mr Kofo Badejo
Mr Ade Ojolowo (In attendance, recording)

COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Meetings of the committee in the reporting period were held at the corporate headquarters of WAPCO on the following dates:

Year 2000 Year 2001 Year 2002
23 August 17 January 25 January
*14 June 22 March
*27 July *31 May
02 November 09 August
23 November 20 September
(special meeting with Executive Committee of SYDA)
*08 November

*A meeting of the Community Representatives was held in Sagamu prior to the SCDC meeting on the dates indicated.

Subsequent to protests and agitations, starting in May 2001, against WAPCO operations by members of the Sagamu Youth Development Association (SYDA), HRM Oba Adeniyi Sonariwo, the Akarigbo of Remoland directed that two (2) representatives of SYDA be co-opted as Statutory Members of the SCDC with effect from the meeting of 27th July 2001. In September 2002, SYDA representation was increased to 4 members

DELIBERATIONS

Meetings of the Committee deliberated, inter alia, on the following issues, which were considered as of major importance to the Community.

  1. University Scholarship Awards
    The Committee successfully negotiated with the WAPCO Management that at least 60% of the total university scholarship awards would be earmarked for indigenes of WAPCO’s host communities at Ewekoro and Sagamu. The number of awards was also increased from twenty in the year 2000 to forty in 2002. To date, beneficiaries from Sagamu LGA included twelve (12 ) students in 2000 and twenty in 2001 (see Appendix 1). The selection process for the 2002 awards is at an advanced stage.
  2. Recruitment and Advancement of Sagamu Indigenes at WAPCO
    The perceived low level of recruitment of indigenes of Sagamu LGA and the alleged deliberate frustration of the few indigenes in the employment of WAPCO were discussed on numerous occasions. The Committee continued to insist that the company has a responsibility to attract into its workforce suitably qualified personnel from its host community in Sagamu.
  3. Proposal on Derivatives: funds for community development
    A proposal was made to WAPCO for allocation of ten naira (N10.00) on every bag of cement produced in Sagamu to the Community. The fund would be lodged into an Escrow Account, to be operated jointly by WAPCO and the community for execution of development projects that will benefit the entire community.As a result of prolonged agitation and negotiation of this issue, WAPCO Management announced at the meeting of Friday 23 November 2001 that it would make available a sum of N30m (Thirty Million Naira) for the execution of mutually agreed community development projects in Sagamu for the year 2002.The committee invited proposals from various stakeholders in the community for development projects suitable for funding under this agreement. Submitted proposals were carefully evaluated and a list of agreed projects being funded is provided in the attachment (Appendix 2).

    A project monitoring committee comprising of one community representative and a representative from each of the Engineering and Purchasing departments of WAPCO has been established to monitor the timely and successful execution of all projects.

    Prior to the N30 million allocation in November 2001 WAPCO made donations to community projects in 2000/2001 as follows:

    – INCA incubator to OOUTH (valued N2.5 million)
    – Reactivation and extension of street lighting on Akarigbo Street (valued N6 million)

  4. Representation on the Board of Directors of WAPCO
    Community representatives have demanded that WAPCO’s host communities have representation on the Board of WAPCO. This matter has been taken up with the Group Managing Director of Odu’a and is yet to be resolved.
  5. Rehabilitation of Leposho Area of Sagamu – Ikorodu Road
    The demand for WAPCO to take on the rehabilitation of this sector of the Federal Road on the frontage of the Sagamu works was discussed at several meetings. The company as well as Committee members sought the involvement of the Federal Ministry of Works in the undertaking at various levels. The issue has also been brought to the attention of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as well as the State Governor. In the meantime, WAPCO has agreed to continue to maintain the road within its available resources
  6. Cement Depot at Sagamu
    The Committee’s request for the establishment of a depot in Sagamu for WAPCO’s products was agreed to. The depot was commissioned early in 2002.
  7. Other Matters
    7.1 The Committee intervened on behalf of the Sagamu Remo Indigenes Suppliers/Contractor Association for fairer and equitable treatment in the award of contracts and supplies at WAPCO.7.2 Subsequent to the industrial action by workers at the Sagamu factory in July 2001, the training programme for many apprentices in the Company including several who are of Sagamu origin was terminated.The Committee intervened unsuccessfully in a plea for leniency in this matter.

    7.3 WAPCO has continued to be bombarded with direct demands from various groups in the community in spite of the understanding that community development requests are to be channelled through the SCDC. In particular, a group called the “Remo Elders Forum” met with WAPCO management in June 2000 to present itself as an alternate to the SCDC.

  8. Projects for funding in 2003
    The Committee has again invited proposals from the community for development projects to be funded in 2003. The SYDA has been specifically requested to submit proposals on youth-empowerment programmes for this funding period.

Appendix 2: Community Development Projects, 2002

On-going projects

S/N ITEMS AMOUNT STATUS
1 Youth Empowerment:
IT Learning Centre
N 7.5m Contract awarded in June. Execution has been slow and contractor given a deadline of 31/12/02 for completion.
2 Community Security:
(i) 2 Toyota Hi-lux Pickups
N 2.5m
(purchase)
N 0.2m
(renovation)
Vehicles purchased and equipped for security operations. Handed over to the community on 25/11/02.
3 (ii) 2 Motorcycles N 0.5m Motorcycles purchased and equipped for security operations. Handed over to the community on 25/11/02.
4 (iii) Security equipment N 890,000.00
(purchase)
N 400,000.00
(Frequency Charge by NCC)
Communication equipment purchased and installed. Handed over to the community on 25/11/02.
5 Community Infrastructure:
6 Deep wells (4 for markets and 2 other areas)
N 3.8m Deep wells under construction at oja-Oba; oja-Awolowo; oja-Falawo; Ajaka and Agura areas.

New projects approved:

  1. Community Infrastructure:
    4 deep wells/boreholes at –
    Sotubo
    Emuren
    Igbololo
    Ewu Oliwo
    Project cost: N 1.87m
  2. Youth Empowerment Project:
    A programme involving technical training and provision of technical resources for youth self-employment at an estimated cost of N 5.0m
  3. Agricultural education and extension services:
    Rehabilitation and replanting of cash crops including Kola-nut trees at an estimated cost of N 2.0m

Appendix 1

WAPCO SCHOLARSHIP 2001 – SAGAMU LOCAL GOVERNMENT

S/No NAME INSTITUTION DISCIPLINE HOME ADDRESS PRESENT LEVEL YEAR OF GRAD
1 SOLARU OYEYINKA ADELABI O.A.U ILE-IFE MECH. ENGR. 28, Ewusi Street, Makun, Sagamu 100 2004
2 ODUSOGA DOLAPO OLUBUSOLA BABCOCK UNI. COMPUTER SCI. 3, Ejimo alebiosu Str. P.O. Box 149, , Ojumele, Isale, Ijagba, Sagamu 100 2003
3 ADEKOYA BABAJIDE O.A.U ILE-IFE ELECT/ELECT 37, Ayegbami Kamiyo Str. Sagamu 300 2002
4 ODULATE TIWALOLOLA OYINLOYE O.S.U AGO-IWOYE ACCOUNTING 2, Ademola Awosanya Av. Station, Ajaka, Sagamu 300 2001
5 OGUNLESI TEMILOLU TOSIN BABCOCK UNI. COMPUTER SCI. 1 Ogunlesi Str., P.O. Box 646, Sagamu 100 2003
6 SOILE OLUWATOSIN UNILAG ELECT/ELECT 14, Plot 134, Orelesi Str., off Aiyepe Rd, Sagamu 200 2003
7 SAKA ISHOLA SAHEED O.S.U AGO-IWOYE ACCOUNTING 3, Alukawani Str., Surulere, Ijagba, Sagamu 100 2003
8 ODUSANYA STANDBY MARY UNILAG ELECT/ELECT 2, Uncle Standby Odusanya Str., off Ogunyanwo Str., Makun, Sagamu 200 2003
9 SAIBU OLUWAFEMI STEPHEN O.A.U ILE-IFE MECH. ENGR C/o Prince S.O. Saibu, The Village Baba Ewe House, OFF Hospital Rd 100 2004
10 SOLANKE BOLARINWA UNI ILORIN GEOLOGY 37, Ayepe Road, along Olaoluwa Clinic, Sagamu 100 2003
11 OSITELU HENRY HARUNA O.S.U ACCOUNTING T/33 Gbadebo Str., Ayegbami East, Ofin, Sagamu 100 2003
12 AKEREDOLU SIKIRU ABASS O.S.U AGO – IWOYE ACCOUNTING 2, Seidun Sode Str., Off Ayepe Rd., Ofin Sagamu 300 2001
13 ODULATE OMOTAYO BOLAJOKO O.S.U AGO – IWOYE 2, Ademola Awosanya Av. Station, Ajaka, Makun 200 2002
14 MOMOH HAIWA AFOLAKE O.S.U AGO – IWOYE GEOLOGY D/118 Ijagba Str., Ofin, Sagamu 100 2003
15 ABDUL OLAJUMOKE RACHAEL BABCOCK UNI F1/15 Alafia Lane, Soyindo, Sagamu 100 2003
16 IBRAHEEM SAINAB OLUTOSIN LASU ACCOUNTING 2, Baruwa Str., Opp. Lagos Garage, Makun, Sagamu 100 2003
17 ABIJO OLUTOYIN OLUSEYI UNILAG ACCOUNTING 5, Abijo Str., Off Olubi Sode Str,. Ayegbami East, Ofin, Sagamu 100 2002
18 SODEINDE S.O. LAUTECH ELECT/ELECT 8, Sodeinde Str., Off Sabo Road, Sagamu 100 2004
19 ADEKUNLE OLUSEGUN OSU AGO-IWOYE BUS. ADMIN 58, Oyebajo Str., Ijoku, Sagamu 200 2002
20 SHOFILE NIMOTA OMOBOLA OSU AGO – IWOYE GEOLOGY 6, Otunba Ogunfowoke Str., Ayegbami Jesuwalaye, Ofin, Sagamu 100 2003