The Lagos Assembly Committee on Local Government Administration and Community Development, has expressed dissatisfaction over the state of things in Iba Local Council Development Area (LCDA).
Hon. Olawale Olayiwola representing Mushin II who was speaking as the chairman of the committee during a tour round some LGAs in Lagos on Tuesday specifically called out the chairperson of Iba LCDA, Hon. Ramota Adedayo Oseni for poor execution of projects.
The chairman during the oversight function said, “I am not impressed with the state of things in Iba LCDA, look a project that was completed in 2018 (refering to Iba Estate Primary school), look at the classrooms where children are learning, we are inviting the contractor to Alausa to come and explain to us”.
Another observation made at Iba LCDA which was the committee’s first point of call were ongoing projects that were already fully paid for without completion, suspected contract inflation and other irregularities.
“We like to see the Vice Chairman of the council, the Procurement Officer, the Legal Officer, the Council Engineer and the contractors at Alausa on the 1st of April, 2021 to clarify certain things regarding some projects.
Responding to the observations by the house committee, the chairperson of the LCDA, Hon. Ramota Adedayo Oseni, a former lawmaker said the report presented by the Council Engineer, Engr. Wesu Medese was not a true reflection of things as she was still new in the LCDA.
Concerning some of the completed projects particularly Iba Estate Primary school which was already in bad shape, she said , “I am not an engineer, when this project was constructed I was here to inspect it, everything was okay, other projects done same time are still intact, how the pupils here have managed to bring this to this state is what I don’t understand”. She lamented
According to committee chairman, the essence of the visit to the LGAs was to examine and inspect projects done by the LGAs and ask questions where necessary.
“We will be more concerned about health and education related projects. we are here to also find out the kind of relationship that exist between the council and the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and the councillors who are major stakeholders in the LG administration.
However, the chairman and the committee members gave Ojo LG a pass mark for good presentation and projects done, asking the LGA to improve on certain areas mentioned.
Other committee members on the tour were Hon. Kehinde Joseph, representing Alimosho II, Hon. Rasheed Makinde, representing Ifako-Ijaiye II, Hon. Nureni Akinsanya representing Mushin I, and Hon. Age Sulaimon representing Amuwo- Odofin I.
The chairman of Ojo LGA, Alhaji Rasulu Olusola Idowu appreciated the committee for the observations raised while promising that the council would improve on the grey areas mentioned.