The lawmaker representing Ilorin South state constituency in the Kwara state House of Assembly, Abdulraheem Jimoh Agboola, has called on the state government, traditional and religious leaders to take necessary steps to address complaints botherng on boundary issues between Ilorin South and neigbouring local governments.
At a town hall meeting held with stakeholders in his constituency, Agboola said the meeting was held to incorporate stakeholders’ views into his legislative agenda and action plan in order to realize the people’s aspiration and satisfy the yearnings of his constituents.
The meeting held barely a month after Agboola, the only lawmaker from the opposition party, was sworn in as a member of the state house of assembly after a protracted legal battle over who actually won the Ilorin South parliament seat.
In his speech, Agboola, who promised to ensure quality representation, expressed concern that Ilorin East and West have encroached on Ilorin South territory and its revenue base. Agboola also urged the state government to construct a bypass that will link Fufu to Idofian and Oke-Ose in order to improve economic activities in the areas.
While appealing to the state government on the need to address electricity challenge in Zango area of Ilorin, he also called for the transfer of ownership of Shaaba Market, Kulende, Ilorin to Ilorin South Local Government.
Stakeholders at the well-attended meeting took turns to make contributions and offer suggestions on various issues affecting the wellbeing of the constituents.
Agboola also urged the state government to construct a bypass road that will link Fufu ( Ilorin South Local Government Headquarters) to Idofian and Oke-Ose and help to improve economic activities of the areas.
While appealing to the state government to help address electricity problems in the Sango area of Ilorin, he also called for the transfer of ownership of Shaaba Market, Kulende, Ilorin to the Ilorin South Local Government .
The attendees took turns to make contributions and offer what they considered as plausible solutions and a way out of the situation.
Blueprint learned Balogun Fulani of Ilorin, Alhaji Abubakar Sidiq Fulani guided the attendees to the right tone by emphasizing that what should be uppermost in the minds of all should be interests of Ilorin South state constituency while membership of political parties, religious beliefs and others should be downplayed.
Giving his contribution, Abdulkadir Ameen, who commended Agboola for coming up with the idea of a town hall meeting added that it will serve as a platform for the lawmaker to get feedback from constituents.
Alhaja Ramat Oba Ajara who lamented the prevalence of drug abuse among young people in the country urged government at all levels to tackle it.
She blamed religious leaders who are ‘prosperity’ preachers for indirectly encouraging and promoting the get rich quick syndrome among the young people while submitting that there is no easy money anywhere and that young people must be ready to work before getting rich rather than looking for easy money.
Abdulrazaq Otan , Kayode Salman and Balogun Musa Jabata who commended the lawmaker for holding the town hall meeting also urged him to liaise with relevant government agencies to address the problems facing the constituents.
Daudu Fufu, Alhaji Isa Zubair lamented that the local government secretariat in Fufu has been abandoned by political office holders and the civil servants which has according to him negatively affected social and economic activities in the town. He added that the civil servants and political office holders would rather prefer to stay at the area office in Pake .
Alhaji Zubair however urged the lawmaker and the state government to correct the situation.
Dignitaries at the town hall meeting include Balogun Fulani of Ilorin, Alhaji Abubakar Sidiq Fulani, representative of the state PDP Chairman, Alhaji Maruf Owolabi, Daudu Fufu, Alhaji Isa Zubair, Magaji Aleniboro, Alhaji Jimoh Yakub and Alhaji Moshood Aladi.
Others are Magaji Aladi, former member of the House of Assembly , Alhaji Yusuf Tanke, former Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Atolagbe Alege, Auditor, Kwara state PDP, Alhaji Ahmed Daramola, Alhaji Irewunmi , former Chairman, Ilorin South Local Government, Alhaji Usman Ebedi, Barrister Lanre Giwa and Alhaji Saka Kutigifu.