The Caretaker Committee Chairman of Egbedore Local Government Council Area of Osun State, Honourable Ibrahim Adewale Akande has made it known that provision of electricity supply to towns which make-up the council area, has been a major area of challenge since the inception of his administration on February 17th, 2011.
Basing his assessment, on the efforts of the previous administration in the provision of electricity, Honourable Akande disclosed that, on assumption of office, the caretaker committee had opted to rehabilitate the roads and provide clean drinking water.
According to the council boss, the decision to put more efforts into the supply of electricity was because, the provision of water was a general problem being experienced throughout the state.
Akande revealed that the requests for more transformers in major towns outweighed others, adding that, in a single community, requests had been made for about six transformers.
Nevertheless, Honourable Akande maintained that the council had sunk about six boreholes and rehabilitated all the roads in different wards of the local government council area.
On the efforts of his administration to tackle unemployment and poverty, Akande expressed the readiness of the council to replicate the state government.
“We have our own version of OYES in the pipeline, we call it Poverty Alleviation programme (PAP)”, he hinted.
He stated that the council was going to employ about 250 graduates.
The council chairman also declared that plans were on to create a welfare package that would take care of about 100 widows.
Due to the shortage of drivers for most of the traditional rulers in the council area, the poverty alleviation programme was also intended to employ 15 temporary drivers.
Observing that there was a dearth of health workers throughout the council, Akande noted that PAP was planning to assist by employing 10 graduates of the School of Health Technology as Health Assistants in the various health centres.
He also revealed that the caretaker committee had taken keen interest in education and the activities of the farmers in the local government council area.
To this end, during the commemoration of the hundred days in office of the caretaker committee, the council boss disclosed that, they had distributed 21, 000 exercise and text books to various primary and secondary schools free.
The farmers were also not left out as the Chairman promised to pay part of the 30% FADAMA III counterpart funding.
“Part of the plans we have for the farmers generally is FADAMA III. The payment of the 30% counterpart fund is a problem and I have promised to pay part of it for them”, he submitted.
“We distributed farm implements and seedlings to farmers; 100 sprayers, 500 cutlasses, herbicides for maize and cocoa, 100 sachets of treated maize, in all the wards in the council area. The target was our party members who are farmers and not farmers generally”, he added.
The reason for this was to appreciate them for their loyalty in the past seven and half years.
When asked if he thought some parts of the local government council area would be annexed to the state capital, Honourable Akande hinted that, it might be possible for the state government to create Development Area Unit from the existing council areas.
He stated that the dispersed nature of Egbedore Local Government Council Area had made it imperative for the council to be divided into two halves, for administrative conveniences.
The council boss was optimistic that development would soon spread to Egbedore local council area.
According to him, “the effect of development is coming slowly from Ofatedo, Dada Estate, Olorunsogo and Okinni to Ido-Osun and Egbedi”.
In his assessment, “Eventually, many of our towns and villages will be feeling the effects of the state capital, because there are no available lands in the state capital and it is spreading outwards”.
“We believe in a couple of years’ time, even Awo will boast of being urbanized”, he stated.
Staff welfare being a part of the council boss’ priority, has seen him raising the sum of about N1.6 million for end of the year party of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and another N1.5 million as part of funds towards the completion of NULGE guest house within the complex of the council secretariat.
The council helmsman, also hinted that staffs salaries had been paid regularly and after the state governor secured a loan to offset the November, 2010 salaries of staff, it had been paid and when he found out that the July, 2010 salaries were still outstanding, he had endeavoured to pay half of it.