REPORT ON SAGAMU COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (SCDC) ACTIVITIES
AUGUST 2003 TO DECEMBER 2010
His Royal Majesty, The Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remo Kingdom -Oba M.A. Sonariwo, FCA,CON, Erinjugbo II, reconstituted Sagamu Community Development Committee(SCDC) in August 2003.
The inaugural meeting took place at Asiwaju S.K. Onafowokan’s residence on Friday, 22nd August, 2003. Members of the new- look SCDC are:-
- Otunba S.K. Onafowokan, OON
- Prince Adetokunbo Adeleke – Adedoyin
- Professor Kayode Dada
- Chief M.O. Ogunlaja
- Col. Emma Soda
- Prince Olu Oyesanya
- Olotu Omoba M.O. Oyedele
- Professor Tola Osilesi
- Alhaji O.K. Oladipo
- Alhaji O.K. Odujoko
- Mr. Fola Akodu
- Alhaji Jamiu Olododo
- Mr. Taiwo Adeyemi
- Mr. Sulaimon Ogunjimi
- Mr. Wole Ogunsan
- Prince Samuel Awosanya
- Alh. Yekeen Alii Oyeyemi
- Chief S.O.L. Bakare
Some members of the Committee were not active throughout the period under review. They are Late Chief M.O. Ogunlaja, Col. Emma Soda (Rtd.) and Late Prince Olu Oyesanya.
Professor Tola Osilesi was very active at the beginning, but his appointment as the Vice Chancellor of Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye brought marked decline into his activities within the Committee.
Olotu Omoba M.O. Oyedele became the Vice Chairman of the Committee after the demise of Prince Adetokunbo Adeleke – Adedoyin, while Mr. Fola Akodu took over from Prof. Kayode Dada as Hon. Secretary in 2006 in a minor re-shuffle. Chief S.O.L. Bakare was much later appointed as the Assistant Hon. Secretary.
The fact that the Committee came into being after the unfortunate and controversial crisis of March 2003 involving the Akarigbo Palace, with its attendant effect on the community, was not lost on the Committee and its members. The Committee realized from the onset that it had to go about its duties and obligations in a pragmatic, open, responsible and transparent manner.
September 2003 to December 2004 can be described as a “gestation period” for the new SCDC, because the committee was dealing with the then conservative and recalcitrant WAPCO Management Team, who had a slow and lackadaisical approach to virtually everything. Indeed, WAPCO Management’s sincerity of intentions to promote its responsibilities to the Community was neither apparent nor clear then. However, solace came with the appointment of Mr. George Lourandos as Managing Direct/Chief Executive Officer (late in 2004), to lead a new -look management team that was vibrant and”progressive. For the five years or so he was at the helms of affairs, the relationship between Lafarge Cement Wapco Management and SCDC improved in leaps and bounds, with a lot to show within the Sagamu Community in terms of the company’s corporate social responsibility dividends.
The first radical move of Mr. Lourandos was to support the shifting of the meeting venue from Lafarge Cement Wapco’s Corporate Headquarters at Alausa, Ikeja to Sagamu Works, (which is within the community). This brought a lot of relief to SCDC members, because of the ease and calmness associated with meeting attendance. Sagamu Works has remained the venue for meeting to date.
The Committee’s engagement with Lafarge Cement Wapco Management covered the following areas:-
- Recruitment/Advancement of Sagamu indigenes into and within the company.
- Security Support
- Social/Health matters.
- Education/Youth Empowerment.
- Economic support of its Landowners.
- Sponsorship of Football Competition.
- RECRUITMENT/ADVANCEMENT OF SAGAMU INDIGENES
This is an issue SCDC felt very strongly about, which was made abundantly clear to Lafarge Cement Wapco Management. Discussions on this issue started with the previous committee and the new committee followed suit with all seriousness, from its inauguration up to January 2008 when some form of agreement was reached.The discussions covered employment policy for catchment area (i.e. Sagamu Local Government) in consonance with the stipulations of relevant labour laws of the land, the Company’s Graduate Training Scheme, procedure for fresh recruitments, percentage of existing indigenes in the Company – at Junior, Senior and Management cadres, as well as a process for closing up of identified gaps. Legal opinions were sought and consultations made as appropriate. After lengthy discussions that spanned over three years, the following agreement was reached in January 2008:-
- 25% of total number of Graduate Trainees to be recruited from local communities at each run.
- Preference to be given to catchment area in the recruitment of junior members of staff, who meet conditions advertised.
- Due consideration will be given to indigenes in the employment of senior and management staff who meet specified criteria.
- In each of the above cases, merit and competence will not be sacrificed.
SCDC and the community have to device ways and means of monitoring and ensuring proper implementation by Lafarge Cement Wapco Management.
The Sagamu Vigilante outfit has received strong support in cash and kind, which has enhanced its operations tremendously.
- EDUCATION AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT
- (a) Provision of IT Learning Centre/IT Training. The IT learning Centre has since 2005 ben providing computer training for our youths. In the past 3 years (2008-2010) about 354 students from the Community have benefited from this training. The Centre is already accredited by Microsoft and therefore renamed “MICROSOFT ACADEMY”.
- Renovation/Upgrading of Sagamu Local Government Education Authority (SLGEA) Public Library. The library was upgraded and equipped after renovation to provide a conducive atmosphere for reading. It is fully air-conditioned and has computers with internet facilities. It is now fully patronized by students within the Community.
- Provision of Exercise Books for pupils in Public Primary Schools. Various types of Exercise books used at the Primary School level (2A, 2B, 2D, 40 Leaves e.t.c) are printed in large quantities annually and distributed to all Primary School pupils through their Headmasters.
- Bursary Scheme for indigent students in Secondary and Tertiary Institutions. This replaces the erstwhile scholarship scheme which covered only Twenty (20) students annually. In the first year of introduction (2004), the bursary scheme covered 112 students. Between 2005 and 2010, an average of 244 students benefitted annually. A graphic detail of the scheme from 2004 to 2010 is attached to this report.
- Funding of Youth Empowerment Programmes under the auspices of Sagamu Development Youth Association. A brief summary of the scheme is attached to this report.
- Funding of the Skill Acquisition and Development Scheme for the Youths under the auspices of Sagamu Development Association. A brief history of the scheme is attached to this report.
- ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT OF ITS LANDOWNERS
Since 2007, the Landowners have been empowered financially with grants every year for farming and investment purposes. There has been cheering responses from people in the villages concerned.
- SPONSORSHIP OF FOOTBALL COMPETITION
Lafarge Cement Wapco has been sponsoring a football competition annually in Remoland since 2008.
In summary, the contributions of Lafarge Cement Wapco to community development are now quite significant and highly visible.
Attached to this report as appendixes are the following:-
Apendix A – Graphic summary of Bursary Awards to indigent students, from 2004-2010.
Appendix B – Summary of SDYA Youth Empowerment scheme.
Appendix C – Brief history of SDA/Lafarge Skills Acquisition and Development Scheme.
Appendix D – Summary of approved Projects Budgets from 2005-2010.
Appendix E – Sample of SDA/Lafarge Skills Acquisition Scheme Certificate
It is however imperative to note that this Committee (SCDC) may have to deal with more companies in the near future. I am aware that Sagamu Development Association (SDA) is making bold efforts at identifying and locating the various companies operating within Sagamu Local Government, in order to sensitize them towards discharging their corporate social responsibilities to the community.
Finally, I wish to express profound gratitude to His Royal Majesty, The Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remo Kingdom and Sagamu Council of Obas, for giving the Committee an opportunity to serve the Community. I heartily salute SCDC’s Chairman -Asiwaju S.K. Onafowokan, OON, the erstwhile Hon. Secretary – Prof. Dada and all other members of the Committee for the cooperation and support accorded me. Not forgetting the Lafarge Cement Wapco team SCDC interacted with – from the Managing Director, to Sagamu Plant Manager, Head of Communications, Public Affairs Manager, Human Resources Manager and others. Asiwaju’s Secretary – Mrs. Bello, Personal Assistants and other members of his staff are also fully appreciated for their support and cooperation.
It has been a wonderful experience serving the community on this platform and the in¬coming Committee is wished a successful tenure.
SUMMARY OF BURSARY AWARDS TO INDIGENT STUDENTS 2004 – 2010
|Year||No. of Students Tertiary||Awarded Secondary||Total Number of Awardees||Total Cost N|
|2004||44@N15,000 each||68 @ N5,000 each||112||1,000,000.00|
|2005||95 @ N20,000 each||99 @ N7,500.00 each||194||2,642,500.00|
|2006||125@N20,000 each||160 @ 10,000 each||285||4,100,000.00|
|2007||130@N20,000 each||155@N10,000 each||285||4,150,000.00|
|2008||117@N25,000 each||137@N10,000 each||254||4,295,000.00|
|2009||102@N25,000 each||120@N10,000 each||222||3,750,000.00|
|2010||91@N30,000 each||137@N10,000 each||228||4,100,000.00|
SCDC/SDYA YOUTH EMPOWERMENT SCHEME
In 2004, a Youth Empowerment Scheme was conceived by SCDC to be undertaken in collaboration with Sagamu Development Youth Association (SDYA). The scheme was organized to be a revolving loan, through funds provided by Lafarge Cement Wapco, with which beneficiaries were to be assisted in purchasing equipment/tools relevant to their trade. The cost of such was to be repaid instalmentally, with interest at a minimal rate of 8% per annum, over a period of twelve (12) months. N200, 000.00 (Two hundred thousand naira) only, was fixed as the maximum amount any individual could take.
Everything started well, despite the pressures and difficulties faced by SCDC and the Scheme’s Management Committee. The first batch of twelve (12) applicants got the nod of SCDC for the loan and a total sum of N1.52m (one million and fifty two thousand) was spent on the acquisition of equipment, tools, etc. required by the beneficiaries, out of the sum of N5m. (Five million naira) only earmarked and disbursed to SCDC by Lafarge Cement Wapco for the scheme.
However, soon after the conclusion of action for the first batch of the beneficiaries, it became abundantly clear that they and perhaps a good number of the Youths saw the disbursement as getting a piece of the “Community Cake” and as such, were not prepared to repay the loans. The leadership of SDYA did not help matters as corrective actions expected did not manifest due to difficulties encountered with the beneficiaries and their guarantors. All efforts to get them see reason in order to retain and secure the revolving nature of the loan proved abortive. This situation eventually stalled the continuation of the scheme as initially envisaged.
However, the scheme was later re-designed to empower youths within the Community who have learnt one trade or the other in taking-off on graduation, with provision of some of the essential equipment and tools for the relevant trade, free of charge. The scheme was from this point fully handled by SDYA. Last year (2010) alone, about 176 youths from Sagamu Local Government benefitted from the scheme.
SDA/ LAFARGE SKILL ACQUISITION AND DEVELOPMENT SCHEME
The above scheme was conceived in year 2006 by Sagamu Development Association (SDA), through its then President – Dr. A.O. Abijo, fstan.
Observing the lack of skilled artisans, craftsmen and tradesmen within the community, Dr. A.O. Abijo in collaboration with Engr. Bayo Osiberu fashioned out this scheme for the Association.
The aims and objectives of the scheme are:-
- To assist young school leavers and youths (12years of age and above), with different academic backgrounds, in acquiring requisite training in various vocational skills that will make them self-reliant.
- To improve the quality and competence of artisans, e.t.c. who had their training a long time ago, by updating them in modern techniques and procedures that will enhance their performance and make them marketable.
- To encourage private entrepreneurship and discourage the focus on white-collar jobs which are quite few in some areas and non-existence in others.
- To checkmate moral decadence/drift by youths (which is rampant) and make good and useful citizens out of them for the community and the country at large.
Broad-based discussions were held within SDA and the Community, while Sagamu Council of Obas – duly represented by Their Royal Highnesses: Oba A.O. Osiberu – The Elepe of Epe and Oba E.O. Osho – Odogun of Ipoji, as well as Trademasters for the various vocations were involved from the onset. Community Leaders in the various townlets in Sagamu and other interest groups were intimated with the proposal for the scheme and encouraged to send youths of 12years and above for screening.
The following artisans fields/trades were scheduled for coverage:-
- Electrical (Electrical rewinding/Auto Electrical repairs)
- Motor Vehicle Mechanic (Petrol/Diesel)
- Carpentry and Joinery/Furniture
- Painting and Decorating
- Plumbing and Fitting
- Vehicle body – building and repairs
- Fashion Designing/Tailoring
The Scheme was projected to run as follows:-
- Duration of Scheme 3/4 year (depending on the particular trade or vocation)
- Mode of Training 5 days of practical and 1 day of lecture
- Syllabuses Practical, Theory and Safety regulations Uniforms,
- Trainees’ Accessories Basic tools and Safety wares
- Youths covered 12years old and above, with Primary 6, JSS 3, and Senior Secondary academic background
- Mode of Selection Through screening by a Committee of Elders, Trademasters and Scheme Coordinators, based on age, background, interest and parent/guarantor’s consent.
The screening was done at Elepe of Epe Palace where meetings usually took place.
Early in year 2007, the scheme was formally presented to Sagamu Community Development Committee (SCDC) for acceptance and financial support for execution. SCDC under the able Chairmanship of Asiwaju S.K. Onafowokan graciously accepted the scheme and got Lafarge Cement Wapco to fund it with an initial budget of N5m.(Five million naira) only. A take-off grant of N2m (Two million naira) only was therefore released to SDA, which facilitated the scheme’s take-off.
The scheme finally commenced in September 2007 with 25 participants, which increased to 40 by October 2007 due to pressures on the selection body from various interest groups.
Each trade or vocation has trademaster(s) that conduct the training sessions and supervisions of the trainees under the watchful eyes of the Scheme’s Coordinators – Engr. A.O. Awojobi and Mr. Soji Saula. Of course, the scheme has a Management Team that comprises of Dr. A.O. Abijo (Chairman), Engr. A.O. Awojobi (Secretary), Messrs Soji Saula, Wale Abijo, Tola Durosinmi, Kusimo and Mrs. Aminat Sokoya as members. The team is made up of representatives of SDA, the Coordinators and Trademasters.
In September 2008, the second batch of 44 candidates joined the scheme and the third batch is under processing for inclusion. The third batch could not go on stream before now due to financial constraints. This is because the financial projections initially proposed for the scheme was discovered to have been grossly under-estimated, as substantial costs associated with the Trainees, Trademasters and Coordinators which were not taken cognizance of at the planning stage manifested after two years of implementation. An appeal was subsequently made to Lafarge Cement Wapco through SCDC for a review which has been granted.
Nine (9) Trainees from the 1st batch, who were on 3-yaer course passed out in October last year. Six (6) were for Tailoring and Fashion Designing while the remaining three (3) were for Hairdressing. An additional benefit for the scheme which had to be undertaken by SDA was empowerment of the graduands for take-off, through provision of major equipment/tools relevant to their trades.This was done in collaboration with their parents/guardians, who supported with some funds.
Arrangements are on to upgrade the scheme through the attachment of some of the trainees (if not all) to Technical Schools. A breakthrough in this area will immensely enhance the scheme and benefit the trainees, as well as the community tremendously.
SCDC / LAFARGE CEMENT WAPCO
APPROVED BUDGET FOR PROJECTS – 2005 TO 2010
|ITEM NO||DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT||2005
|1||Chest Clinic at OOUTH||12.4m||–||–||–||–||–|
|3||SLGEA Public Library -Renovation & Upgrading||3.0m||2.0m 3.0m (b/f from 2005)||2.21m||0.9m (commissioning) (special grant)|
|4||Bursary Scheme for Indigent Students||2.8m||4.0m||4.0m||6.0m||6.0m||5.0m|
|5||Provision of Boreholes/Deep wells||5.5m (5 Nos.)||5.5m (6 Nos.)||6.0m (5 Nos. Boreholes) 11.7m (26 Nos. Deep wells)||5.0m (5 Nos. Boreholes) 15.5m (31 Nos. Deep wells)||6.7m (conversion of Deep wells to Boreholes||21.6m (Boreholes for Obas Palaces)|
|6||SDYA Youth Empowerment Scheme||3.5m||–||–||5.0m||–||4.0m|
|7||Farming/Investment Support for Landowners
(a) Limestone Area
(b) Red Alluvium Area
|2.6m (Legal/ Honorarium)
|8||Bus for SDYA with Public Address System||2.2m||–||–||–||4.8m (replacement)||–|
|9||Articles & Tools for Environmental Sanitation by Youths (SDYA)||1.5m|
|10||Exercise Books for Pupils in Public Primary Schools||–||5.0m||5.5m||6.5m||6.6m||6.45m|
|11||Public Toilets (Markets, Garages & Public Locations)||–||5.5m (5 Nos.)||5.0m||6.0m||–||–|
|12||Maintenance of Boreholes & Deep wells||–||0.5m||1.0m||1.0m||1.0m||0.64m|
|13||SDA/Lafarge Skill Acquisition Dev. Scheme||–||–||2.0m||2.5m||–||2.35m|
|14||Reactivation of Radio Communication for Vigilante||–||2.0m||–||1.0m (upgrade)||–||–|
|15||SCDC Resource Centre||–||2.0m||–||1.3m||1.3mj||1.2m|
|16||Motorcycles for Townlets/Vigilante||–||1.0m (13 Nos. -Townlets)||–||1.125m (15 Nos. -Vigilante)||0.9m (9 Nos. -Townlets)|
|17||Pick-up Van & Motorcycles for Central Vigilante||–||3.6m (1 pick-up van) (2 Motorcycles)||–|
|18||Publicity – Radio, Press, etc.||–||–||–||1.575m||1.6m||1.36m|
|19||SDYA Youth Week||–||–||–||1.0m||1.0m||1.0m|
|20||Pilot car for Vigilante – Akarigbo Palace||–||–||–||–||5.5m||–|
|TOTAL (per year)||35m||36.6m||45m||65m||50m||62m|