REPORT ON SAGAMU COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (SCDC) ACTIVITIES (JUNE 2011-MAY 2012)

His Royal Majesty, Alaiyeluwa Oba Sir. (Dr.) Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, FCA, CON, KJW, Erinjugbo II, the Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remo Kingdom, in collaboration with other Royal Fathers, inaugurated Sagamu Community Development Council formerly Sagamu Community Development Committee at the Akarigbo Residential Palace on Sunday, 29th May, 2011.

There are 47 members of the Council.
The Terms of Reference given to the Council are as follows:

  1. To foster growth and development for a peaceful co-existence within the Community.
  2. To receive annual reports and monitor the Executive’s operations to ensure the promotion of Community development and peaceful co-existence
  3. To assist the Executive to formulate ideas for transforming the Community to an ideal community
  4. To be the workforce needed to formulate and chart new directions, working through the committees recommended in the steering committee’s reports.

In order to carry out these lofty ideas and in line with the Terms of Reference, the Council, apart from maintaining a functional Secretariat at 74-80, Ajegunle Street and manned by two graduate staff, was further sub-divided into various committees to enhance efficiency, productivity and the attainment of higher goals for the Community as listed below.

COMMITTEES OF THE COUNCIL

The Council set up & functional Committees with specific tasks. The Committees are

  1. Admin. & Publicity Committee
  2. Business/Industrial Committee
  3. Education & Youth Empowerment Committee
  4. Health & Environment Committee
  5. Intergovernmental/Lobby Committee
  6. Landowners Committee
  7. Security Committee
  8. Works Monitoring/Implementation Committee

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee is made up of the Council Chairman, the Vice, General Secretary and 12 other members that oversee the day to day running of the activities of the Council. The Executive had engaged in active dialogue with Lafarge Wapco Plc, Pipeline Products Marketing Corporation (PPMC), Nestle Nigeria Plc, Standard Metallurgical Company to affirm the community’s, through appropriate investment, trade, employment opportunities and other benefits accruing from Corporate Social Responsibilities. the Executive noted with gratitude the sum of #75m (Seventy Five Million Naira) contribution from Lafarge Cement Wapco for the year 2011.

The Executive Committee, when it became apparent that Governments’ efforts were not forthcoming, facilitated the constition of the Stakeholders Group consisting of representatives of Companies located between Sagamu and Ogijo, that started palliative works on the Sagamu-Ikokrodu road which has been responsible for the present motorable condition of the road. When all effort to resolve the conflict amongst the Youth Associations failed, the Sagamu Council of Obas in collaboration with Sagamu Local Government resolved not to recognize the two warring Youth Associations and mandated the Council to work towards setting up a new credible, non-polical and responsible Youth Association. We are pleased to inform you that the new Association known as “Sagamu Youth Congress” will be formally inaugurated today at this venue where they will adopt and ratify their New Constitution.

1. ADMIN & PUBLICITY COMMITTEE

The Committee is responsible for the day to day running of the Secretariat and includes payment of Salary, Wages maintanance of the Secretariat, publicity and image making such as sponsorship of

  1. Remo Teni Programme on OGBC FM, Abeokuta
  2. Remo Today Publication
  3. Publicity on Sagamu-Ikorodu road

The sectoral allocation for year ended was 5% of the total budget.

2. BUSINESS/INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEE

The Committee serves as a link between the Business Community and the Community in general. This Committee, in order to create an enabling environment and attract further commercial investments, had written letters to more than 120 business concerns in Sagamu Local Government Area and is in the process of producing documentary evidence of all the Council’s activities.

3. EDUCATION AND YOUTH EMPOWERMENT COMMITTEES

The programmes undertaken by the Committee in the repoting period benefitted from a budgetary provision of 30% of funding available to the Council in 2011. Members of the committee appreciate this gesture of sound investment in education and youth empowerment by Council.

The programmes:

  1. Provision of Exercise Books for pupils in public primary Schools.
    A total of 222,000 branded Exercise books(2A 20, 40 & 60 leaves; 2B;2B Special; 2D; 2D Special) were procured and distributed to 17,305 pupil enrolled in the 55 Primary Schools in Sagamu Local Government Area.
  2. Supply of learning resources to 18 public secondary schools (Junior and Senior).
    The committee responded to the need to improve the learning resources in educational institutions in the Community by providing equipment for the science laboratories and by the supply of essential textbooks for the secondary schools in Sagamu Local Government Area. 65 volumes of text books were procured for each of the Junior and 75 volumes for each of the Senior Schools respectively. In addition, all Senior Secondary Schools were provided with 106 items of laboratory equipment and 20 items of chemical/reagents.
  3. Bursary award for Indigent Students in tertiary institutions.
    Awards of N50,000:00 (fifty thousand naira) each were presented to 40 students in the final year of their courses at Nigerian public Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education. Selection of beneficiaries was through a competitive process conducted by the Committee.
  4. Youth Empowerment through Training and Skills Acquisition.
    Funding is provided to support the apprenticeship of youths in the following technical/vocation trades:

    Discipline No in Training
    Graduated in 2011 Graduating In 2012 New Intake
    Electrical rewiring 6 6 6
    Petrol & Diesel engine maintenance 2 1
    Furniture/Carpentry 3 1
    Automobile electrical maintenance 3 4 1
    Welding & matal fabrication 11 4 9
    Tailoring & Fashion designing 12 17
    Hairdressing 10 10
    Plumbing 5

    This programme, which is executed in collaboration with the Sagamu Development Association (SDA), also provides essential equipment and tools, free of charge, to trainees on graduation. A total number of 47 trainees graduated in 2011.

  5. IT Learning Centre/IT Training
    Six (6) sessions of the 10-week introductory computer training were undertaken in the period 18 July 2011 to May 30 2012 at the Community IT Learning Centre located Lafarge Wapco site. A total of 150 trainees, nominated from the different sectors of the community, benefitted from the programme.In order to provide up-to-date training facilities at the IT Learning Centre, the SCDC procured 10 complete HP branded Computers, 1 Sharp (5516 Model) Photocopier, 1 HP Printer & Hp Scanners and in addition, 8 of the old computers at the Centre were upgraded. Also, free transportation is provided for the trainees.It is to be noted that the last session in each year is now earmarked for ADULT computer literacy. In 2012, the session scheduled to hold from Saturday, 24th November to Friday, 21st December is reserved for the Royal Fathers (Remo Traditional Council).
  6. WAEC/NECO coaching classes in English, Science and Mathematics
    The committee noted the reported poor performance of Sagamu secondary school students in WAEC/NECO examinations. In more than 70% of secondary schools in SLGA, data from the Ogun State Ministry of Education revealed that fewer than 1 in 15 of students presented for WAEC/NECO passed the examinations with 5 credits including English and Mathematics. Thus, less than 10% of our secondary school students show a promising higher education potential. The Committee therefore organized a programme of ‘week-end coaching’ in English, Science and mathematics for final year (SS3) students in the period 14 October 2011 to a similar programme is scheduled to commence in July 2012 for students currently in SS2 classes.
  7. Renovation/Updating of Sagamu Community Library
    The Community recommended that continued support be provided for the operations of the SAGAMU LIBRARY (former SLGEA library), which was renovated in 2008/2009 by the former Sagamu Community Development Committee, with funds provided by Lafarge WAPCO, although the library has now been handed over to the Ogun State Library Board. 5 computer sets were upgraded and one new server purchased. In addition, internet connectivity was restored, and a 10KVA Generator was purchased for the Library.
  8. Education support for physically-challenged persons
    The Committee procured electronic learning materials (ICT – Resources) for visually-impaired persons. Materials supplied include Perkins Brailler, Duxbury Braile translator, and Everest Braille embosser. These resources would be available for use at the SAGAMU LIBRARY, Ogun State Library Board. There are on-going arrangements to provide audiology resources for hearing-impaired pupils at the School for Children with Special Needs, Sagamu.
  9. New Projects
    In addition to the continuation of projects and schemes listed above, the committee is undertaking the following new projects for the year 2012:

NITDA IT CentreThe National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in its Rural IT Development Programme has supplied the Sagamu Local Government with computer sets and power supply resources (solar panels and Inverter) for state-ofthe-art computer training. The SCDC is partnering with the SLG in ensuring effective utilization of these facilities for the training of IT professionals.

Other youth empowerment programmes under consideration include partnering with the organizers of SOCAAS scheme at Simawa in promotion of vocational training such as in the Film-Making business.

A recommendation for Scholarship/Bursary scheme for postgraduate education in science and technology for Sagamu citizens with outstanding first degree (First Class or Second Class Upper Division) is awaiting funding allocation.

As stated earlier, the 2011 sectoral allocation is 30% of the total budget.

4. HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

The highlights of the Plan of Action are as follows:

  1. Public Enlightenment on Health and Environmental best practices
  2. Effective management of Domestic Waste
  3. Strengthening of Primary Health Centres
  4. Advocacy, Monitoring and support of Secondary and Tertiary Health Institutions
  5. Advocacy, Monitoring and Enhancement of enhanced care delivery in Private Health facilities
  6. Implementation of strategies to reduce road traffic accidents in the Communty.
  1. Primary Health Centres: The Committee succeeded in identifying the needs of eight Primary Health Centres within Sagamu Local Government Area. These are Sabo, Makun, Ode-Lemo, Ewu-Oliwo, Likosi, Ogijo and Emuren Primary Health Centres. Medical equipment and consumables were purchased and distributed to these health centres.
  2. Reduction of Road Traffic Accidents: The Committee engaged the Unions of Okada riders in planning a three day training and awareness programme in conjunction with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). This exercise was done on one day per week over three weeks. Lectures were given in three Nigerian languages to the Okada riders, fliers were also distributed for awareness of safety issues. Also educative films were shown to them on projector by instructors.
  3. Public Enlightenment on Health Issues: In consonance with the Committee’s Plan of Action, it partnered the Medical Students of Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences, Sagamu in Health Awareness Outreach during their 2012 Health week through the printing of educative materials, supply of screening materials for Diabetes and Hypertension as well as logistics support. Screening was done in six location mainly markets and the population was quite happy with the exercise.
  4. Environment: The Committee has earmarked 2012 as ‘Green Sagamu Year’ with an emphasis on a healthy environment for the community. To this end, the Committee has begun interactions with the National Environmental Standards Regulatory Enforcement Agency (NESREA) in efforts to ensure safe disposal of illicit goods confiscated by NAFDAC and Nigerian customs, at Oke-Diya. on-going plans also include the development of parks and gardens as well as partnering with the Sagamu Local Government in safe domestic refuse disposal.

The sectoral allocation is 10% of the total budget.

5. INTERGOVERNMENTAL/LOBBY COMMITTEE

The Committee had interacted with the Chairman and members of the Transition Committee of Sagamu Local Government. While efforts are on-going to secure appointment with the State Government on Sagamu Local Government Community development matters.

6. LANDOWNERS COMMITTEE

Since a full and final settlement of all claims, funds and monies due in respect of the land acquired, had been made to the Landowners by Lafarge Cement Wapco’s management on 15th September, 2005, a 10% sectoral allocation of the total budget was established for empowerment in Agricultural Projects for the Landowners, in which Fish farming were embarked upon. Similarly, funds were allocated to Soyindo Landowners for Red Alluvium exploitation in their community.

7. SECURITY COMMITTEE

A budgetary Allocation of 15% was granted to Sagamu Security Council to support efforts at reducing robbery and crime of all dimensions, including cases of kidnapping which became rampant of recent. The Council has to give maximum support to the Security Committee in view of the precarious security situation in the country in general and in Sagamu in particular. The increasing number of Banking and Financial Institutions justifies this support. We have to commend this Committee’s working alliance with the Sagamu Security Council. As stated earlier, the sectoral allocation is 15%

8. WORKS MONITORING AND IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE

The Committee started as Monitoring Committee. The assignments were to:

  1. ascertain the status and functionality of all Boreholes, deepwells and toilets donated to Palaces, Schools, Communities and markets within the Sagamu Local Government,
  2. make recommendation for repairs and renovation of such projects where necessary,

The Monitoring Committee consisting of management staff of Lafarge Cement WAPCO and representatives of the council visited all the School concerned, markets, palaces and communities where water projects were donated to beneficiary Institutions between 2007 and 2011 by Lafarge WAPCO. The survey took the committee to 48 Schools, 12 Palaces, 2 Markets, 12 Communities, 2 Motor Parks and 2 other Institutions (High Court, Sagamu and Vigilante Outfit in GRA, Sagamu) 78 projects in all.

Of all the projects visited, only 3 Palaces, 1 market and 2 Communities passed the test of functionality. Others were in different stages of dilapidation. Worst hit were primary Schools and Communities where water projects donated to them had not worked since their inception.

The Committee submitted it’s report to the Council with the following recommendations

  1. That no new project should be embarked upon until the existing ones were fully rehabilitated.
  2. That the Council through its appropriate organs should undertake and supervise all aspects of renovations and rehabilitation of the dilapidated projects.
  3. That all rehabilitated projects should be properly handed over to the beneficiary Agencies. Those receiving the project should be made to complete and sign a prescribed Form.
  4. That representative of the donor agency should be carried along.

The Executive Committee of the Council accepted all the recommendations and went further to translate the Monitoring Committee into the Implementation Committee for the purpose of implementing the recommendations.

IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS

The new Committee began its assignment by inviting for interviews Contractors whom they believe could give us the desired result and who are at the same vein Registered with Lafarge Wapco. The Committee adopted the following strategies:

  1. to purchase direct from the Manufacturers items like water pumps (Submersible or Surface) and generating Sets.
    This guaranteed that we used the same product throughout the whole projects.
  2. the Committee will directly supervise executive of the repairs and ensure that completed projects are properly handed over.
  3. That no Contractor will be paid anything until the projects are certified okay and commissioned.
  4. that at the time of payment, 10% of the Contract sum will be retained for a Defects Liability period of six months.
  5. That even after handing over Committee will continue to monitor each project to ensure they serve optimally.

COMPLETION AND HANDING OVER

The Committee began the commissioning of the rehabilitated projects in February of 2012. All the 74 old and new projects had been commissioned and handed over to the beneficiary Agencies. All of them had their projects with new Water Pumping Machine and brand new Generating Sets. Only 4 (Four) projects are still being worked upon and will be commissioned like others.

The Nigerian Tribune of 12th March, 2012 on Page 45 carried a documentary report of the Council activities recorded at the Commissioned of Emuren Health Centre Project.

The most satisfying aspect of the assignment is the joy and happiness that the resuscitation of the water project brought to the beneficiaries especially Primary Schools pupils. It shows how deeply satisfied they were about water being restored to them.

The sectoral allocation is 30%

CONCLUSION

We will like to place on record our appreciation to all Chairman and members of the various Committees for their commitment and hard work and particularly to HRM Alaiyeluwa Oba (Dr.) Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, FCA, CON, the Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remo Kingdom and our Royal Fathers for their support without which it would not have been possible to achieve this modest success.

We also wish to extend our gratitude to Lafarge Cement Wapco for their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) towards the Community while also hoping that other Corporate Bodies in Sagamu Local Government Area will emulate the good gesture.