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Mayor Dele Oshinowo: Making a difference with sure-footed programs in Agboyi Ketu LCDA

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Public service must be more than doing a job efficiently and honestly. It must be a complete dedication to the people and to the nation – Margaret Chase Smith

 

If you are not intimidated by his profile you would definitely be browbeaten with his unparalleled sense of responsibility. For Mayor Dele Oshinowo, executive chairman, Agboyi Ketu Local Community Development Authority (LCDA), there is no greater challenge and there is no greater honor than to be in public service.

Oshinowo is not just a politician that has impacted others, he has motivated many others, especially youths and several other residents of Agboyi Ketu LCDA who have benefited immensely from his dedication and commitment to service to humanity.

Hardworking Dele Oshinowo is known for working wonders wherever fate had placed him in the public service in the past years. And by all measures, as executive chairman of Agboyi Ketu LCDA, he is no doubt an accomplished man.

 

His status and achievements make him the envy of many as he towers far and above many of his contemporaries. Without doubt, this formidable man is full of ingenuity and creativity. This sure explains the reason he always stands tall wherever he finds himself.

 

On Monday, June 3, 2024, the Mayor, as he is fondly called by his admirers, will again roll out another set of goodies for the people with his WeLift Community Empowerment Innitiative. The programme is just of the many intervention programmes that his administration has put together to deliver the dividence of good governance to his people.

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The programme, which aims to lift the less privileged out of poverty, organises training and skill acquisition programs for youths and adults as part of other several plans to make them independent and employable.

 

The youths receive sound training in vocations like Hairdressin, Shoemaking, Tailoring and Information Technology among several other vocations. At the end of the training programs, each trainee is set up with starter packs to enable them begin their own independent business.

 

Under his watch, Agboyi-Ketu Local Council Development Area (LCDA) has become synonymous with infrastructural development with special focus on mass housing and sure-footed developmental and impactful projects.

 

In a recent interview, Mayor Oshinowo spoke on some of his legacy projects, the Greenwich Gardens phase one, Sterling Height and Raymond estates.

 

According to him, the houses are affordable and built to address the housing problem of the people. “These are affordable housing, we have actually structured the payment to be spread across the construction period, I can tell you that about 80% of it has been sold out because it is flexible in terms of payment, people like the environment, people could not recognize the environment again. This is an estate where you have electricity supply, pipe borne water, green areas, they are well managed estates. This has actually afforded us to say that we have been part of the housing development in Nigeria.”

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Oshinowo said that in all, the LCDA has been able to do 271 housing units in all. “If you put it together, 170 units, and 101 units, that is about 271 units in total and there are other ones coming by next month.

 

The Greenwich Garden Phase one for instance has 81 apartments, 66 units of two bedroom flats; 14 units of semi-detached 3 bedroom duplexes; and one four bedroom detached duplex with Boys Quarters (BQ).

 

His performance in the last seven years of dedicated and impactful leadership at the helm of affairs in the Agboyi Ketu has helped to place the LCDA as one of the Poster Boys of the numerous achivements of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

 

Some of the legacy successes recorded by Oshinowo within the period include:

 

INFRASTRUCTURE

Adebayo Street
ALH, Usman Onowuna Street
Ajayi Street
Alhaji Owolabi Street
Fasanya Street
Ibefun Street
Ogunjobi Oriwu Street
Oriola Street
Philip Onashile Street
Okugbadejo Street (*pi)
Thomas Laniyan Street (*pi)
Abeokuta / Yinka Dipe Street (*upg)
Ondo Street (*pi)
Ibadan Street (*pi)
Holy Cross Street (*pi)
Agboyi Road (ongoing)
Ajibola Street
Adisa Balogun Street
Olasupo Street (*pi)
Sunmola Bako Street (*pi)
Chief Edward Street (*pi)
Anibaba Street (*pi)
Adeyemi Ajayi Street (*pi)
Prince Moyosore Street (*pi)
Bola Kazeem / Gerald Esogwa Street
(*pi)
Nathaniel Osagie Street (*pi)
Oja Omo / Oyemomi Street (*pi)
Novel Drugs / Adebayo Hassan Street
(*pi)
Adepitan Street
Oterubi Ogidan Street
Igboho Street
Sanuaje Street
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Adepitan Street
Adisa Balogun Street
Elebiju Street
Ogunsheinde Street
Fadiya Street
Ogunbanwo Street
Ajibola Cresent
Julius Elebiju Street
Ezobi Street
Alhaji Oluwatoyin Street
Kazeem Street
Adebayo Street (*pi)
Alhaji Lawal Street
Ajayi Street
Ogunbanwo Street
Adisa Akintoye Street
Philip Onashile Street
Fasanya Street
Olalusi Street (*pi)
Salvation Street (*pi)
Owolabi Street
Lawal Street
Ogunjirin Street
Adeyemi Street
(*pi) = Palliative Intervention
• Alhaji Usman Onowuma Avenue Agboyi Estate, Al

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EDUCATION
Recognizing the power of knowledge, the LCDA has
launched initiatives to bridge educational gaps. This
spans from constructing and renovating schools
and enhancing teacher training programmes to
introducing progressive curricula.

HEALTH

Various health initiatives, including deworming,
vaccination campaigns, and upgrading health
centres. Additionally, during COVID-19, special
measures were implemented, and in collaboration
with LASHMA, 3,000 residents received free health insurance

ENVIROMENT
Commitment towards yearly dredging of canals,
annual tree planting initiatives, provision of
potable water and special funds for interventions,
showcasing an all-rounded approach towards
environmental preservation.

 

AGRICULTURE
Agriculture has seen modernization with the
introduction of innovative farming techniques and
tools, aiming at increased yields and sustainable
practices.

SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

By facilitating communal interactions, supporting
cultural activities and promoting inclusiveness, we
aim to elevate the socio-cultural fabric of our LCDA.
Commitment towards yearly dredging of canals,
annual tree planting initiatives, provision of
potable water and special funds for interventions,
showcasing an all-rounded approach towards
environmental preservation.

 

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Rivers crisis: Newly sworn-in caretaker chairs denied access to offices as police barricade LGA secretariats

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Officers of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have continued to barricade the 23 LGA headquarters of Rivers state.

 

On Tuesday, the Rivers police command announced the take over of the council headquarters following clashes between supporters of Siminalayi Fubara, governor of Rivers, and Nyesom Wike, his predecessor.

 

The crisis ensued after youths stormed the LGA secretariats to dislodge the elected chairpersons, whose tenure ended on Monday.

 

Following the expiration of the chairpersons’ tenure, Fubara ordered the heads of local government administration to immediately assume control of the 23 council areas of the state.

 

Despite the governor’s directive, some of the former LGA chairpersons reportedly attempted to resume duty at the council secretariat, but they were chased away by youths.

 

During the clash at Eberi-Omuma community in Okuama LGA, a police officer and one vigilante member were killed.

 

On Wednesday, Fubara swore in the caretaker committee chairpersons for the 23 LGAs.

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Some of the caretaker chairpersons could not access the council offices because armed police officers remained stationed at the LGA headquarters.

 

Speaking in an interview on Channels Television on Wednesday, Darlington Orji, caretaker committee chairman of Ikwere LGA, said after the swearing-in ceremony, he could not access the council because it was barricaded by police officers.

 

Orji said the police officers said they were acting on the orders of Kayode Egbetokun, inspector-general of police.

 

Over the past few months, Rivers has been engulfed in political crisis due to the rift between Fubara and Wike.

 

 

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Edo PDP expels Philip Shaibu, south-south vice-chairman over ‘anti-party activities’

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo has expelled Philip Shaibu, a former deputy governor of the state.

 

The PDP state working committee (SWC) in Edo also expelled Dan Orbih, the party’s national vice-chairman (south-south), and Omorgie Ihama, a former member of the house of representatives who represented the Oredo federal constituency.

 

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Ogie Vasco, the PDP spokesperson in Edo state, said Shaibu, Orbih, and Ihama were expelled over alleged anti-party activities.

 

Vasco said the SWC took the decision after it “extensively deliberated on the issue”, adding that the expulsion is with immediate effect.

 

Shaibu was impeached as the deputy governor by the Edo state house of assembly in April.

 

The impeachment followed the adoption of the report of a seven-member investigative panel.

 

The panel was set up by Daniel Okungbowa, chief judge of Edo, and was headed by S. A. Omonuwa, a retired justice.

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Shaibu was accused of “misconduct, perjury and disclosure of government secrets”.

 

‘MY EXPULSION IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL’

Meanwhile, Orbih has rejected his suspension, saying it did not follow due process.

 

“When a group of persons sits down to make pronouncements that are unconstitutional it only shows that they are ignorant of the constitution of the party,” Orbih told journalists.

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Edo 2024: Shaibu declares support for APC candidate, Okpebholo

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A former deputy governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, has declared support for the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Monday Okpebholo, in the upcoming September 21 governorship election in Edo state.

 

According to Shaibu, the governorship race started with three homeboys- himself, Okpebholo, and Olumide Akpata of the Labour Party (LP).

 

“I will support a homeboy, I came into politics to contest as the governor of Edo State because I need government to return to homeboy – people that understand our plight, people that understand what the people are feeling. Even the United Nations talks about the need for assessment. We don’t want outsiders, we have experimented, with outsiders and it’s not working, so this time around, we want homeboy,” he said.

 

“Today I came in as a homeboy, we have only two homeboys in the major political parties in Edo State. One is in labour, and one is in APC, and I choose to follow another homeboy in the APC. The man they are parading in the PDP is an outsider, and we have also agreed that no more godfatherism in Edo, so the man the PDP is trying to portray in Edo now is the godson of Obasek, and there is no way godsons will now be governor of Edo.”

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The former deputy governor was speaking on the sidelines of the 2024 Father’s Day celebration at Saint Paul’s Catholic Church in Benin City, the Edo State capital. He was among the altar servants for the main mass.

 

Shaibu insisted that since he had dropped out of the race, his preferred choice from the remaining homeboys in Okpebholo. He noted that Edo governor, Godwin Obaseki has said everyone was free to choose who to support in any election, the reason he has come out publicly to back the APC governorship candidate in the election despite his PDP membership.

 

He stressed that his support for the opposition is not anti-party, adding even Governor Obaseki in the last election, was partly PDP and Labour Party.

 

“The governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki says that everybody has the right to support whoever he wants to support, but he forgot also that he doesn’t have the right to stop anybody from whom he wants to support,” he said.

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“But I take one part from what he said, we all have the right to support whom we want to support, so it’s my right to decide who I want to support.”

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