CHAIRMAN’S WELCOME ADDRESS
With profound gratitude to God for giving us this day and making this event possible, I am greatly delighted to welcome our Royal Fathers, Invited Guests, members of the Council and everyone to this Annual General Meeting. The main issue at this event relates to development and progress in Sagamu Local Government Area. My ardent prayer is that Sagamu shall continue to Witness manifold development, unity, peace and progress.
The council has usual leveraged on Lafarge Cement WAPCO’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives in the past year to achieve for Sagamu Local Government Area astonishing developmental feats that will be reported at this Annual General Meeting. This can be traced to the robust mutually beneficial relationship that has been forged and sustained by the two parties over the years. Details of the projects are provided in the Council’s General Secretary’s report which will be presented at this ceremony.
The challenges being faced by the Council are enormous. This is because the request for support coming to the Council from various quarters, including government establishments, far outweigh the resources available. The Council had to battle with serious pressures, which bring about the arduous task of choosing and prioritizing projects. However, it is imperative to state that the Council has in all its considerations, put the interest of Sagamu Local Government Community fires, especially in areas of education and youth empowerment.
We are also making great efforts to reach out to other industries in the Local Government. The efforts of the Business/Industrial Committee have not yielded appreciable results. We are however optimistic that we shall achieve improved results this financial year.
Furthermore, we are pleased to report that the efforts the Council and Makun Development Council are making in addressing the issue of Flowergate Factory of Nestle being wrongly placed in Obafemi Owode Local Government by the Ogun State Government will soon yield the desired result. We are already engaging the Ogun State Government in meaningful discussion on the issue and we are hopeful that the Government will do the needful to confirm the delineation of the area which consists of 21 Villages including Flowergate Factory, Nestle Nigeria Plc in accordance with the Map of Ijebu-Remo Local Government as compiled and drawn by Ministry of Lands and Housing, Survey Division, Abeokuta, Ogun State in 1988 to Sagamu Local Government where it rightly belongs.
While we are not relenting in our efforts in ensuring that the Company performs its Corporate Social Responsibility to the Community, we will definitely be in a better position to pursue this after this issues of its location might have been resolved.
To ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of our processes and procedures, thereby rendering better services to the Community, we have decided to make your Council(SCDC) a legal entity. This will be done through registration of the Council with the Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC), Abuja. In this manner, the Council will remain a living enterprise that will outlive its founders and be bequeathed from generation to generation. Our Royal Fathers have cooperated and collaborated fully with us on this score by creating a viable atmosphere for this positive change. The process of registration is at an advanced stage and the name Sagamu Community Development Council (SCDC) may change at the end of the exercise to Royal Initiative for the Development of Sagamu Community(RIDSCo). This is because it has been impossible to secure the name Sagamu Community Development Council from the Corporate Affairs Commission.
The Council and its Executive Committee will keep trying their best and never say their modes achievements are good enough. We are striving for continuous improvement in all that we do, but the constraints of funds is no friend in this process, vis-a-vis the huge demands that keep coming to the Council. We hope that this fund problem will be reduced by the time we succeed in getting other industries in the Local Government to perform their Corporate Social Responsibilities (CSR’s) to the Community.
To complete this address, it gives us pleasure to announce the cheering news of the resolution of the albatross of the deplorable condition of Sagamu/Ikorodu Road particularly the axis between Oba ErinwoleAwolesi Road and the frontage of Lafarge-WAPCO, Sagamu Plant. To God be the Glory that the problem had been finally resolved by the construction of the road with drain ages and Asphalt. Also based on our discussions and barring any unforeseen circumstances, Lafarge-WAPCO will and concrete on 2.5 kilometres stretch of the asphalt beginning form Oba Erinwole Awolesi Road Junction.
We express our appreciation to the Federal Government for the good work done on the road by Federal Road maintenance Agency (FERMA) and of course to Lafarge Cement WAPCO which as collaborated with them in ensuring a permanent solution to the problem.
On the issue of Dust Emission, we are pleased to inform you that an agreement had been reached on a permanent arrangement by which the Community will be involved in monitoring the control of the Emission. Two of our notable sons who are experts in Environmental Control namely Dr. Koya Adeleke-Adedoyin, an International Environmentalist and former Commissioner for Environment in Ogun State and Mr. Taye Akewusola, a Geoscientist have been nominated to serve in Committee setup by Lafarge-WAPCO to monitor the control of the Dust Emission on a continuous basis. With this arrangement the Community will be in a position at all times to be sure that the emission is on an International Acceptable Standard.
Finally, I wish to thank the Almighty God for the grace given to members of the Council to be of service to Sagamu Local Government communities. I must give heartfelt gratitude to Lafarge Cement WAPCO and its team for keeping the faith by sustaining the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives for this Community. I also sincerely commend our Royal Fathers for their unalloyed support at all times and the Chairman, Sagamu Local Government and her team for their continued cooperation/partnership in the execution of the Council’s programme of development. For members of the Executive Committee, the various Committees/Sub-Committees and the Council members in general, I thank you most heartily and passionately plead for your sustained interest and wholesome cooperation.
Thanks for your attention and may the Almighty God bless us all-Amen.
Olootu Omoba Michael Oyedele LLB(Hon.),B.L, MNIM, FCIPM,