REPORT ON SAGAMU COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (SCDC) ACTIVITIES (JUNE 2012-MAY 2013)

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

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 Akarigbo Palace Ground Ita- Oba, Sagamu 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.

 

(A) COMMITTEES OF THE COUNCIL

The Council set up Nine (9) 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. Project Monitoring & Implementation
  6. Finance Committee
  7. Intergovernmental/Lobby & Land Owners Committee
  8. Security Committee
  9. Adhoc – Committee on Sagamu – Ikorodu Road Rehabilitation Project

THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT

The Executive Committee is made up of the Council Chairman, the Vice, General Secretary and 11 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 view as active ‘partners-in-progress for Industrial and Commercial development of our community.

(2) REHABILITATION OF SAGAMU – IKORODU ROAD

The Executive Committee, when it became apparent that Governments’ efforts were not forthcoming, facilitated the constitution of an Adhoc Committee consisting of representatives of Companies located between Sagamu and Ogijo, that started palliative works on the Sagamu-Ikorodu road which has been responsible for the present motorable condition of the road.

(3) RECONSTITUTION OF YOUTH ASSOCIATION

When all efforts to resolve the conflict amongst the Youth Association failed, the Sagamu Council of Obas in collaboration with Sagamu Local Government resolve not to recognize the two warring Youth Associations and mandated the Council to work towards setting up a new credible, non-political and responsible Youth Association. This the Council accomplished within a period of one year with an acceptable working constitution put in place to guide the youths activities. The new Youth Group is known as “ National Youth Council, Sagamu Local Government Chapter”.

(4) REPORTS OF COMMITTEES OF SCDC

  1. ADMIN & PUBLICITY COMMITTEEMembership:
    1. Olootu M. O. Oyedele – Chairman
    2. Prof. Kayode Dada
    3. Sir Prof. Tola Osilesi
    4. Mrs. A. O. A. Adesanya
    5. Prof. Lai Oso
    6. Lukman Banjoko – Adm. Secretary

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

    1. Community Magazines of Public Interest
    2. Promote Community awareness on Environmental Issues in both Print and Electronic Media
    3. Publicity and awareness on the state of Sagamu Local Government communitiesThe sectoral allocation for year ended was 5% of the budget
  2. BUSINESS/INDUSTRIAL COMMITTEEThe 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. Production of an SCDC Documentary Profile detailing evidence of all the Council’s Activities.Membership:
    1. Mr. Abdul Abayomi
    2. Mr. Tunde Onadeko
    3. Asojuoba Micheal Adesanya
    4. Otunba Tunji Lawal Solarin
    5. Mrs. O.O. Odusoga
    6. Mr. Taiwo O. Efuwape
    7. Otunba S.A Rabiu
    8. Mr. Ibi Sofekun
    9. Engr. Bayo Osiberu
    10. Com. Bisi Jolaoso

    Efforts are in Progress to mobilize all interest groups to ensure participation in the goals and objectives of the SCDC and encourage sufficient corporate Social responsibilities of Stakeholders in areas of education & youth empowerment, Security, Health and environmental concerns.

  3. Education/Youth Empowerment CommitteeMembership:
    1. Prof. Koyode Doda (Chairman)
    2. Alhaji Ladi Ogunleye
    3. Sir. Prof. Tola Osilesi
    4. Otunba T.O. Saibu
    5. Mrs. A.O.A. Adesanya
    6. Mrs. A.O. Adeyiga
    7. Otunba Fola Akodu
    8. Com. Adedotun Ogundein
    9. Mr. Odunayo Akinsola

    – Budgetary allocation provided for 2012 was 25%.

    Programmes Implemented are:

    1. Provision of learning resources to Sagamu Local Government educational institutions
      1. Supply of exercise Books for Pupils in Public primary Schools:- A total of 176,000 branded exercise books (2A – 20, 40 -60 leaves; 2B; 2B special; 2D; 2D special) were Produced for free distribution to all pupils enrolled in the 55 Primary School in Sagamu local government area.
      2. Supply of textbooks to Secondary Schools. Essential textbooks were provided in all subjects to each of the 18 public Junior and Senior Secondary Schools
      3. Support for Sagamu Library The SCDC provided continued support for the operations of the SAGAMU LIBRARY (former SLGEA library), now administered by the Ogun State Library Board. The sum of #101,025.00 (One Hundred and One Thousand and Twenty five Naira received from SAGAMU DESCENDANTS OF NEW YORK INC. (U.S.A), facilitated the provision of alternate energy supply (Inverter) to the Library.
      4. Promotion of science & technology education in Secondary Schools Science and mathematics are subjects of great importance for careers in agriculture, engineering, medicine and technology. The Council recognizes that there is a dire need to encourage appropriate investment in the teaching of these subjects which are areas of great importance for the future Development of our community in particular and the Nation in general.Appropriate strategies being embarked upon to promote the teaching of Science and mathematics include:
        1. Supply of science laboratory equipment and materials for each of 8 senior school in Biology, Chemistry and Physics
        2. Coaching classes in Science , Mathematics, Arts and Commercial Subjects for Final Year S.S.S 3 Students

        These extra-mural Classes, held at week-ends and during school holidays, have been on-going since 2011. A preliminary assessment revealed the positive impact of the programme on the performance of students in science and mathematics at WAEC and NECO examinations.

      5. Bursary award for Indigent Students in Tertiary Institutions.Bursary Awards of N50,000.00 (fifty thousand naira) each were presented to 72 students in the final year of their courses at Nigerian public tertiary educational institutions (Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and Schools of Nursing). Selection of beneficiaries was through a competitive process conducted by the committee.
    2. Youth Empowerment through Training and Skills AcquisitionContinued funding was provided to support the apprenticeship of youths in various technical and vocational trades. This programme, which is executed in collaboration with the Sagamu Development Association (SDA), also provided free essential start-up equipment and tools, for the following numbers of trainees who completed their program in 2012:
      Field of Apprenticeship No
      Electrical rewiring 5
      Plumbing & mechanical maintenance 5
      Automobile electrical maintenance 4
      Welding & metal fabrication 5
      Total – 19

      Forty-five (45)trainess with various Trade Masters and twenty-four (24) on attachment to Companies, all within the Community were created, The trades covered are Electrical Rewinding, Welding/Fabrication, Auto Electrical, Plumbing, Auto Mechanical, Auto Body Works, Tailoring & Fashion Designing and Hair Dressing.

      Twelves (12) out of the twenty-four trainees on attachment to Companies have resumed with Simolade Electrical & Maintenance Services and Daneland Auto Company, i.e. Six (6) for each company. The remaining twelve (12) will soon resume when arrangement are concluded with the other Companies, standard memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will apply to all Companies involved in the programme, have been put in place.

      Short-term Training Programme:

      was provided for our Youths in Creative Arts within the School of Creative Arts and Agriculture Enterprises (SOCAAS), Simawa.

    3. IT Learning Centre/IT TrainingSix (6) sessions of the introductory computer training programme were undertaken in 2012 at the Community IT Learning Centre located at Lafarge WAPCO site. A total of 182 trainees from the different sectors of the community benefitted from the 2012 training programme. The SCDC took responsibilty for procurement of 10new HP branded computers, 1Sharp model 5516AR Photocopy machine, 1 HP Printer & Scanner in addition to the refurbishing of 8 computers and other hardware at the Centre, in order to Provide up-to-date training facilities. Also free transportation is provided for the trainees. Presentations of awards were made to the Best 2 Students in each of the 5 batches of IT Training courses for youths in 2012.

      It is to be noted that the last session in each year is now earmarked for ADULTS and thus in 2012, the session held on 26th November to 21st December Benefitted Several Royal Fathers of Remo Traditional Council and notable adults of the Community.

    4. EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT FOR PHYSICALLY-CHALLENGED PERSONSEssential items of equipment were provided in support of the School for Special Needs, Sagamu. In addition, support was provided for the commissioning of the Braille Training School & Rehabilitation Centre, Sabo, Sagamu for the Nigerian Association for the Blind, Remo Chapter (NAB). The Association also received generous support for its programmes from the Sagamu Union of Great Britain.
  4. Health and Environmental CommitteeMembership:
    1. Sir Dr. Tolani Oduwole – Chairman
    2. Prof O. Dada
    3. Mrs O.O. Odusoga
    4. Dr. Koya Adeleke Adedoyin
    5. Dr. Dayo Ogunlaja
    6. Alhaji S.O. Bakare
    7. Prof. Sola Sonubi
    8. Eng. Bayo Osiberu

    The highlights of projected plans for 2012/2013 are as follows:

    1. Community based safe Motherhood Initiatives
    2. Resources for 22 Primary Health Centres (PHC)
    3. Community enlightenment and Intervention on Non Communicable Diseases
    4. THE ‘Green Sagamu’ Project for the construction of Parks, Gardens and Horticultural Initiative
    5. Provision of medical equipment and consumables for 22 PHCs.
    6. Ita-Oba Palace grounds were provided with greens/flowers and decorative plants, surrounded by Kebs and protective grills
    7. Environmental monitoring for pollution were encouraged along with National Environmental standards Regulatory and Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for best International practices by all industrial concerns
    8. Safe motherhood initiative strategies to improve maternal and juvenile health, infant welfare and nutritional status.
    9. Safety Awareness Training for Okada Riders was conducted by Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).

    The sectoral allocation is 12.5% of total budget

  5. INTERGOVERNMENTAL/LOBBY COMMITTEE:Membership:
    1. Asiwaju S.K. Onafowokan (Chairman)
    2. Olootu Omoba M.O. Oyedele
    3. Prof. K. Dada
    4. Sir Prof. Tola Osilesi
    5. Princess Iyabo Odulate
    6. Mr. Abi Odojukan
    7. Prof. Odusoga

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

  6. LAND OWNERS COMMITTEEMembership:
    1. Asiwaju S.K. Onafowokan (Chairman)
    2. Prince S.A. Awosanya, JP
    3. Asiwaju Ademola Awosanya
    4. Alhaji G.K. Oladipo
    5. Otunba M. Awoyemi
    6. Alhaji S.O. Bakare.

    Projects embarked upon in 2012/2013 by Lafarge-WAPCO Landowners Association are :

      1. Fish Farming Project: Had a major set back due to flooding problem.
      2. Cement Trading:- Progressing rapidly.
      3. Land Acquisition:- Two (2) acres of land were acquired along Bashorun Adesanya Road, Sagamu for citing of landowners Association Building.
      4. Empowerment:-
        1. Encouraged trading activities within the group to produce block – making machines.
        2. Five youth members were funded to purchase motorcycles for okada Business.
        3. Aged ones in the group were assisted with monetary grants annually.
        4. Yearly Reward is given to the aged members of the Association.
    1. Similarly a sum of One Million Naira was allocated to Soyindo land owners for the area provided for extraction of Red Alluvium by Lafarge WAPCO. Sectoral allocation is 10% of Budget
  7. SECURITY COMMITTEEMembership:
    1. Lt. Col.(Rtd.) Abiodun Orukotan
    2. Lt. Col. (Rtd.) M.O. Bisuga
    3. Col. (Rtd.) Duro Oyebanjo
    4. Chief Dipo Oyewole
    5. Mr. Yomi Adebayo

    A budgetary Allocation of 20% was granted to Sagamu Security Council to support efforts at reducing robbery and crime of all dimensions, including cases of kidnaping 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 justified this support. We have to commend this Committee’s working alliance with the Sagamu Security Council.

  8. PROJECTS MONITORING AND IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEEMembership:
    1. Build. E.Olu Sokoya (Chairman)
    2. Otunba Fola Akodu
    3. Asojuoba M.A. Adesanya
    4. Alhaji Taju Saka
    5. Alhaji G.K. Odujoko
    6. Mr. Segun Onabolu
    7. Prince Ade Sowemimo
    8. Com. Ademola Adesanya

    As approved by the Executive, the Renovation and Rehabilitation of the following public schools were embarked upon:

    1. A.U.D. Primary School, Isale-oko – 6 Classrooms.
    2. St. Paul’s School, Ijokun, Sagamu – 3 Classrooms and one office.
    3. Local Authority School, Kanuyi – 2 Blocks of 3 classrooms each.
    4. St. Paul’s School, Emuren – One block of four classrooms.

    The classrooms are now wearing new looks. Also, the Management of Lafarge WAPCO had supplied new desks and tables for the use of the pupils. Special mention must be made of the noble gesture of Alhaji Tajudeen Saka, a member of the Monitoring and Implementation Committee who renovated a block of 3 classrooms and one office at st. Paul’s School, Makun to the tune of over Two Million Naira out of his own resources. Alhaji Saka is an old boy of this Primary School.

    The Sectoral allocation for the Committee is 27.5% of the budget.

  9. AD – HOC COMMITTEE
    1. Sagamu – Ikorodu Road Stake holders Rehabilitations Committee:Membership:
      1. Eng. Bayo Osiberu (Chairman)
      2. SCDC – Chairman & Representatives
      3. Sagamu Local Govt. Chairman/Com. Salami Isiaka – Sec to SLG
      4. Lafarge-Wapco/ Representative
      5. Phoenix Steel mills Ltd.
      6. Representatives of N.U.R.T.W.
      7. Representatives of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (R.T.E.A.N.).
      8. SMC Ltd, Sagamu
      9. Sparkwest Ltd, Sagamu
      10. PPMC – NNPC
      11. Real Infrastructure Steel Mill Ltd.
      12. Monarch Steel Mill Ltd.
      13. Metal Africa Steel Mill Ltd.
      14. African Foundries Ltd.
      15. Major Steel Mill Ltd.
      16. Association of Scrap Metal Dealers
      17. African Steel Ltd. Odogunyan
    2. PARTICIPATIONThe committee was set up early in 2012 to render palliative repairs to the Sagamu-Ikorodu road and ensure the road is motorable even during the rainy season. The companies listed above were approached for participation and were constituted into the stakeholders forum of the Sagamu-Ikorodu road. These companies were encouraged to contribute voluntarily, both in cash or kind towards the repairs. A subcommittee of engineers from some of the companies was saddled with the responsibility to decide on areas of intervention and supervise the repairs.
    3. WORK DONE SO FAR:Lafarge Wapco championed the repairs at her frontage and close to the staff quarters. The main river on the flood plain near the plant was dredged and gutters de-silted to allow for free flow of storm water. Tonnes of hard core materials, clinker and limestone were deposited and spread along the road making passage better. Other areas outside this portion of the road were also repaired. Ita Sanni which was a difficult passage between Ogijo and Mosimi was repaired. NNPC frontage and Gbara were other major areas of intervention. Later, the Federal Road Maintenance Authority (FERMA) also intervened and is planning to do more at some specific places. The frontage of Lafarge WAPCO was excluded from FERMA’s intervention. With these efforts mobility on the road was greatly improved for most of the year. Recently however, the construction company that was awarded the reconstruction of the road by the Federal Government for up to 10years, showed up on site. This company, Impresit Bakolori, has again disrupted the repair efforts of this committee by removing most of the fill materials in front of Lafarge WAPCO’s plant. Just like before, the company has abandoned site leaving the road in a deplorable state. The committee and Lafarge WAPCO are now making efforts to make this area of the road motorable again.

    Companies are enjoined to voluntarily pay up as decided by the stakeholder committee to effect needed palliative repairs within the August date specified

CONCLUSION

We will like to place on record our appreciation to all Chairmen and members of the various Committees for their commitment and hard work and particularly to HRM Alaiyeluwa Oba Sir (Dr) Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, FCA, CON, KJW, 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 of Lafarge Cement WAPCO.

We want to appreciate the co-operation and support of the Chairman, Sagamu Local Government and her team for assisting in moving the community forward in several joint co- operative ventures.

Mention must be made of all the companies listed within the Sagamu – Ikorodu Rehabilitation Projects. They have been wonderful in promoting progress within the Community.

The community should be congratulated for the initiative, which indeed are unique and special in promoting peace, progress and a secured future for our youths, people and citizens. Long Live Sagamu, Long Live Remo, Long Live Ogun State and The Federal Republic of Nigeria. Orisagamu ewa a gbe dede eni o (Amin)