REPORT ON SAGAMU COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (SCDC) ACTIVITIES (JUNE 2013-MAY 2014)

 

The Sagamu Community Development Council was inaugurated by His Royal Majesty, Alaiyeluwa Oba Sir, (Dr) Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, FCA, CON, KJW, Erinjugbo II, the Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remo Kingdom at his residential Palace on Sunday, 29th May, 2011 with the following terms of reference.

  1. To foster growth and development for a peaceful co-existence with 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 to0 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.

The Council(SCDC) with Secretariat at Akarigbo Palace, Ita-Oba, Sagamu was further sub-divided into 9 functional committees. The Committees are 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 Committee
  6. Finance Committee
  7. Intergovernmental /Lobby & Land Owners Committee
  8. Security Committee
  9. Special Duties Committee

(1) THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT

The Executive Committee consists of 13 members. They are four Principal Officers- Chairman, Vice Chairman, General Secretary, Assistant Gen. Secretary and 9 others. They run the Council through sub-committees whose reports would be presented to the stakeholders today.
(2) REPORT OF COMMITTEES

  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.
    7. Bosun Ogunlaja -Finance Officer

    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 of Environmental issues in both Print and Electronic Media
    3. Publicity and awareness on the State of Sagamu Local Government Communities.
    4. SCDC Website Development

    The sectorial allocation for the year ended was 5 % of the budget

  2. Business/Industrial CommitteeMEMBERSHIP
    1. Otunba A.W. Abayomi – Chairman
    2. Asojuba Micheal Adesanya -Secretary
    3. Engr. Adebayo Osiberu – Member
    4. Chief Wole Sodipe – Member
    5. Mr. Tunde Onadeko – Member
    6. Omooba Segun Onabolu – Member
    7. Dr. Olumide Oduwole – Member
    8. Mrs Funmi Odusoga – Member
    9. Mr. Abi Odojukan -Member
    10. Prince Ade Sowemimo -Member

    The SCDC Business & Industrial sub-committee commenced the year with the review of contacts with Business Membership Organizations and companies within Sagamu Local Government Area for the effective implementation of their Corporate Social Responsibilities through SCDC. All necessary tools for the contacts/meetings like Documentary CD, Media Projector, Public Address System etc were procured by SCDC.

    During the year under review the sub-committee met many organizations such as Business Membership Organizations like the Welders Association, Hairdressers’ Association etc, Banking Group and Medical Group.

  3. Education/Youth Empowerment CommitteeMembership
    1. Prof. Olukayode Dada, Chairman
    2. Sir Prof. Odutola Osilesi
    3. Com Isiaka Salami (Secretary, Sagamu Local Govt)
    4. Mrs A.O.A. Adesanya
    5. Otunba Fola Akodu.
    6. Alhaji Ladi Ogunneye
    7. Otunba T.O. Saibu
    8. Mrs A.O. Adeyiga
    9. Com. adedotun Ogundein

    The focus of the Education and Youth Empowerment in the year was hinged on strategies for strengthening the educational institutions in Sagamu LGA as well as in the empowerment of students and out-of-school youths.

    The following four cardinal programmes were approved by the Council:

    1. Provision of support and learning resources to educational institutions in Sagamu
    2. Promotion of science & technology education in Secondary Schools.
    3. Provision of bursary awards for indigent students in tertiary institutions
    4. Expanded programme of Skill Acquisition Scheme for youths

    1. Provision of learning resources to Sagamu educational institutions

    1. Supply of Exercise Books for pupils in Public Primary Schools A total of 190,000 branded exercise books (2A-20, 40 & 60 leaves; 2B; 2B Special; 2D; 2D Special; Higher Education) were procured for free distribution to all pupils and teachers in the 55 primary schools in Sagamu Local Government area.
    2. Supply of books to Secondary Schools.
      1. “Olympian Prince”, an inspiration biography of Dr. Adegboyega F. Adedoyin, written by Dr. S. Ayodele Oni
      2. “Making of a Star Athlete” by Dr. S. Ayodele Oni
      3. “An Introduction to Cultural Activism in Nigeria” by HRH Oba Gbenga Sonuga
    3. Promotion of science and technology education in public secondary schools in Sagamu Local Government Area, through provision of essential equipment
      1. 18 Binocular Microscopes equipped with rechargeable batteries, to Senior Secondary Schools.
      2. 27 HP Branded (Windows 8) Computer Sets to ALL junior and Senior Secondary Schools.
      3. 27 HP Branded 3-in-1 Printers and 27 UPS to ALL Junior and Senior Secondary Schools.

      JUNIOR AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS THAT RECEIVED FULL COMPUTERS AND PRINTERS

      1. 1. REMO SECONDARY SCHOOL, SAGAMU (SENIOR)
      2. REMO DIVISIONAL HIGH SCHOOL, SAGAMU(SENIOR)
      3. METHODIST COMPREHENSIVE COLLEGE, SAGAMU(SENIOR)
      4. MUSLIM HIGH SCHOOL, SAGAMU(SENIOR)
      5. ST. JOHN’S ANGLICAN GRAMMAR SCHOOL, SIMAWA(COMBINED)
      6. OGIJO COMMUNITY GRAMMAR SCHOOL, OGIJO (SENIOR)
      7. SIMAWA COMMUNITY GRAMMAR SHOOL, SIMAWA(COMBINED)
      8. ODE-LEMO COMMUNITY GRAMMAR SCHOOL, ODE-LEMO(COMBINED)
      9. BATORO COMMUNITY GRAMMAR SCHOOL, BATORO(SENIOR)
      10. OFFIN HIGH SCHOOL, SAGAMU (COMBINED)
      11. SOYINDO COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, SOYINDO(SENIOR)
      12. OLOMIMEJI COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL SOYINDO (SENIOR)
      13. MULERUWA COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, OGIJO (COMBINED)
      14. OTUNBA GBENGA DANIEL SECONDARY SCHOOL, EWU-OLIWO(COMBINED)
      15. SAGAMU HIGH SCHOOL, SAGAMU(SENIOR)
      16. MAKUN HIGH SCHOOL, SAGAMU (SENIOR)
      17. AGBELE COMMUNITY GRAMMAR SCHOOL, AGBELE (COMBINED)
      18. IJAGBA COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, SOTUBO (COMBINED)
      19. OGIJO COMMUNITY GRAMMAR SCHOOL, OGIJO (JUNIOR)
      20. MUSLIM HIGH SCHOOL, SAGAMU (JUNIOR)
      21. REMO DIVISIONAL SCHOOL, SAGAMU (JUNIOR)
      22. REMO SECONDARY SCHOOL, SAGAMU(JUNIOR)
      23. SOYINDO COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL, SOYINDO (JUNIOR)
      24. MAKUN HIGH SCHOOL, SAGAMU (JUNIOR)
      25. METHODIST COMPREHENSIVE COLLEGE, SAGAMU (JUNIOR)
      26. BATORO COMMUNITY GRAMMAR SCHOOL, BATORO (JUNIOR)
      27. SAGANU HIGH SCHOOL, SAGAMU (JUNIOR)
    4. 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. a sum of N201, 650.00 (Two Hundred and One Thousand, Six Hundred and Fifty Naira) only was again provided by the SAGAMU DESCENDANTS OF NEW YORK INC (USA), for the maintenance of internet access for e-learning at the library.
    5. Educational support for the physically challenged Essential items of equipment were provided in support of the School for Special Needs, Sagamu and the Braille Training School & Rehabilitation Centre of the Nigerian Association for the Blind, Remo Chapter (NAB). The SCDC acknowledges the additional support given to the Braille School by the SAGAMU UNION OF GREAT BRITAIN and the UNITED SAGAMU INTERNATIONAL (METRO CHAPTER), WASHINGTON, MARYLAND USA.

    2. 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 therefore recognize 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 nation.

    Appropriate strategies embarked upon to promote the teaching of science and mathematics include:

    (a) The supply of science laboratory equipment and materials to the 18 senior schools as detailed above and

    (b) Provision of supplementary teaching of science and mathematics

    Continued support was provided for a programme of coaching lessons in science, mathematics, economics and commerce for final year (SS3) students. These extra-mural classes, held at week-ends and during school holidays have been on going since 2011. The assessment of the programme revealed its positive impact on the performance ot students in science, mathematics, economics and commerce in WAEC and NECO examinations.
    3. Bursary award for Indigent Students in tertiary institutions

    Bursary Awards of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) each were presented to 87 students in the final year of their courses at Nigerian public tertiary educational institutions (Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education, College of Health Technology and Schools of Nursing). Selection of beneficiaries was through a competitive process conducted by the committee.

    The Details of the beneficiaries are as follows:
    4. Youth Empowerment

    4.1 Training and Skills acquisition

    Continued funding was provided to support the apprenticeship of youths in various technical and vocational trades. This programme, which is executed in collaboration with Sagamu Development Association(SDA), also provided free essential start-up equipment and tools, for 47 trainee who are on-stream with various Trade Master. 6 of these are recipients of a monthly stipend during their period of attachment with different companies.

    The breakdown of the current programme is as follows:

    Electrical Rewinding 5
    Welding/Fabrication 16
    Plumbing 3
    Automobile Electrical 3
    Tailoring & Fashion Designing 10
    Hair Dressing 9
    Total 46

    4.2 Workshop/Seminar tagged “Job Sure” for unemployed graduate

    A large number of our young graduates of tertiary institutions are unemployed or underemployed. It is however, recognized that there exists a practical knowledge and self -projection skills gap in this group; In order to address this, a one-day interactive workshop was organized as a form of training to sharpen participants’ skill for self -marketing.

    The workshop which was conducted by seasoned resource persons, was based on the International Standards set by Junior Chambers International (JCI) in the instruction of young adults and was held on Wednesday 4th September 2013. There were 55 participants selected from the 15 wards of Sagamu Local Government. It is planned that the workshop will henceforth be held annually for new graduates.
    4.3 IT Learning Centre/IT Training

    Six(6) sessions of the introductory computer training programme were undertaken in 2013 at the Community IT Learning Centre at Lafarge WAPCO site. A total of 214 trainees form the different sectors of the community benefitted from the training programme. Free transportation for the trainees was provided. Presentations of awards were made to the best 2 students in each of the 5 batches of IT Training courses for youth in 2013.

    It is to be noted that the sixth and last sessions in each year are now earmarked for ADULTS and thus in 2013, the session held on 26th November to 21st December benefitted several community members including Royal Fathers of Remo Traditional Council.

    -Budgetary allocation provided for 2013 was 25%.

  4. HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEEMEMBERSHIP
    1. Dr. Tolani Oduwole(Chairman)
    2. Dr. A. Adeleke Adedoyin
    3. Prof. Sola Sonubi
    4. Prof. O. O. Dada
    5. Mrs. O. O. Odusoga
    6. Dr. Dayo Ogunlaja
    7. Eng. Prince Bayo Osiberu
    8. Alhaji S.O. Bakare

    It is with great pleasure we report our activities in the year 2013/2014

    The Committee continues to make modest impact in support of the Primary Health Centres.

    1. Renovation to the Physical Structure of the Makun Primary Health Centre with the remodelling of the entire physical structure such that simple surgeries can now be performed there.
    2. Medical equipment and consumables were also supplied.
    3. The SCDC donated medical equipment to the new Primary Health Centre in Ajaka.
    4. Renovation of the Clinic within the Sagamu Prisons and donated drugs and basic equipment to alleviate the care of the inmate.
    5. Clinic furniture was also donated.
    6. A Refractometer was also donated to the Eye Clinic of the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu. The Refractometer has gone a long way in enhancing diagnosis and care of our population attending the Eye Clinic.
    7. Training program in Safe Motherhood for staff and care givers of all the Primary Health Centres in the Local Government. This was well received and has impacted in extending current best practices in safe motherhood to our Health Centres.
    8. Consultations with the Lagos State Waste Management Authority leadership in order to help in fashioning our Waste Management initiative. In order to execute this programme, ongoing consultations are on with the Sagamu Local Government so that the necessary Waste Management can be enacted.
  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 O.L

    The committee has continued to interact with the Chairman and members of the Sagamu Local Government on Sagamu Local Government Community development matters.

    The Committee acted to promote Communal awareness on Land dispute between Sagamu and Obafemi Owode Local Government Boundary Land disputes, which is currently receiving attention before the State Government.

  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
    1. Fish Farming: We are glad to report that our fish ponds are now safe and well protected from erosion/flood. efforts are being made to insure the ponds against natural disaster.
    2. Construction of a Hall: The Association has embarked on the construction of the Association’s Hall along Bashorun Adebisi Adesanya Road. It is ourplan to move into the house on or before August 2014.
    3. Cement Trading: The Cement trading is still on course but cautiously because of the high cost of cement at the moment which may drop unexpectedly if Dangote Cement resumes full operation.
    4. The empowerment programme of the Association is a yearly recurrent expenditure and is on course.
    5. The Aged Welfare Scheme: The Welfare Scheme of the Association is meant for the elderly people who are Sixty-five years of age and above and those who have remained consistent with the Association since year 2002. The programme is also ongoing.
    6. Yearly Financial Reward: The yearly financial reward to every member in accordance to his/her sitting contribution at every meeting remains intact. It is the yard stick that has fortified the Association for the past nine years.

    Sectorial allocation is 10% of Budget.

  7. SECURITY COMMITTEEMEMBERSHIP
    1. HRH Oba Adewale Osiberu -Chairman
    2. Col. (Rtd) Duro Oyebanjo
    3. Lt. Col. (Rtd) M.O. Bisuga.
    4. Chief Dipo Oyewole
    5. Mr. Yomi Adebayo

    A budgetary Allocation of 20% was granted to Sagamu Security Council to support efforts at recducing robbery and cirme of all dimensions, incuding cases of kidnapping whch became rampant of recent. The Council has to give maximum support to the Security Committee inview of the precarious security situation in the country in general and in Sagamu in particualr. The increasing number of Banking and Financial Institutions justified this support.

    1 Patrol Hilux Vehicle was donated to Sagamu Security Council.

  8. PROJECTS MONITORING AND IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEEMEMBERSHIP
    1. Bldr. 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
    1. The Committee undertook the following projects during the year:-Renovation of Classrooms and Health facilities
      1. Ansar-ud-Deen Primary School, Makun, Sagamu -Hall and 4 Adjacent classroom blocks.
      2. Oba Sonariwo Nursery and Primary School, Sabo, Sagamu -Block of 4 classrooms.
      3. St. Paul’s School, Oke Ate -Block of 4 Classrooms.
      4. Wesley School 1, Oko Sagamu -Hall and six adjoining Classrooms.
      5. Local Government Health Centre, Makun, Sagamu -Renovation of the Ward, Offices, Toilets, and the adjacent Pharmacy Department.
    2. Provision of Portable WaterFunctional and effective boreholes were sunk in the following locations:
      1. Moro-Likono Village
      2. St. Paul’s School, Igode
      3. Losi’s Palace, Sagamu
      4. Aruba Community, Sagamu

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

  9. SPECIAL DUTIES COMMITTEE OF THE SCDC>Sagamu Ikorodu Road RehabilitationMEMBERSHIP
    1. Engr. Bayo Osiberu -Chairman
    2. SCDC Chairman & Representatives
    3. Secretary to Sagamu Local Government, Com. Salami Isiaka
    4. Lafarge – WAPCO Representatives
    5. Phoenix Steel Mill Ltd
    6. Standard Metallurgical Company Ltd, Sagamu
    7. Sparkwest Ltd, Sagamu
    8. PPMC/NNPC, Mosimi Depot, Sagamu.
    9. Real Infrastructure Steel Mill Ltd
    10. African Foundries
    11. African Steel Ltd, Odogunyan

    During the financial year, the committee devoted time to continue solving the perennial problems of the Sagamu -Ikorodu Road. As a result of our pressure to reconstruct the road, FERMA has finally provided a permanent solution ot the problem of the road. FERMA rehabilitated the stretch from Odogunyan through Ogijo to Mosimi and Sotubo. Continuous pressure by SCDC, Lafarge-WAPCO and the Cement Manufacturers Group, on the Federal Government resulted in the reappearance of the original company as her intervention was focused on the bad portion covering Oba Erinwole Road junction to former Mechanic Village at Oke Diya. However, this contractor’s efforts were short lived as a new company KOPEK Construction Company engaged by FERMA emerged with a contract form the Federal Government to do the same job.

    The committee has engaged with this new contractor to ensure an effective solution. This included raising the level of the road up to about 1 meter and construction of side drains. So far the necessary earth work has been done and stone base laid and the road being asphalted.

    Lafarge-WAPCO with assistance from SCDC has again dredged the main stream across the road (Leposho River), to allow free flow of storm water during the rainy season. Also the Lafarge-WAPCO management was considering the completion of the road surface with concrete.

    This committee was also involved in the dredging of the LOMIRIN stream and the construction of a concrete bridge on Efunsoju Street near Topmost School to link Idado community with new Batoro layout.

  10. Quarry Water Optimisation Project for Sagamu Community use.MEMBERSHIP
    1. Engr.Bayo Osiberu -Chairman
    2. Prince Ade Sowemimo
    3. Jerzy Sobala -Plant Manager – Lafarge-WAPCO
    4. Engr. Sunday Ogunyinka – Lafarge-WAPCO
    5. Lukman Banjoko

    This project was conceived by the SCDC at the joint meeting with Larfarge WAPCO. It is designed to recover some of the quarry water that is presently pumped into drain for use by the community. This is the same water the company’s production and staff quarters are using.

    The committee is presently working with the Ogun State Water Corporation (OGSWC) as the eventual certification authority. Water analysis has been done to confirm the purity of the water and a consultant is in the process of being appointed. The consultant will determine the quantity to be treated, the treatment process and plant location, the water transportation and treated water distribution. It is assumed that the distribution will be the function OGSWC, probably using the existing distribution facilities.

Conclusion

Appreciation is given to all our Royal Fathers, particularly HRM Alaiyeluwa Oba Sir (Dr) Michael Adeniyi Sonariwo, FCA, CON, KJW, the Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remo Kingdom for their support, kindness and mutual understanding of the community’s needs and demands.

We want to appreciate Lafarge Cement WAPCO Nigeria Plc for its enormous financial contribution towards the success of the council.

We are hoping that other industries in Sagamu Local Government area would emulate the good gesture of Lafarge WAPCO, Sagamu.

We also not with gratitude the presence of religious leaders, government functionaries and other dignitaries,

We must not forget to thank the able Chairman, Committee Chairmen and members for their commitment and hard-work. Community service, though a thankless job is worthy of emulation by all.

We also appreciate the collaboration between us and Sagamu Local Government Chairmen and her team. The community should be congratulated for the noble initiatives which are worthy and special in promoting peace, progress and a secured future for all. With the Website being launched today, Sagamu and her people are propelled into the future technology of information, management of our youths and Community welfare alike.

Long live Sagamu, Long live Remo, Long live Ogun State and the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Orisagamu ewa, a gbe dede eni 0. Amin

Thanks,
Sir Prof, Odutola Osilesi, Ph.D, FNSN, KJW, JP, MIPAN.

General Secretary