Saka Fafunmi, former member, Lagos state House of Assembly, representing Ifako Ijaiye, has noted that he has all what it takes to run a successful and life-transforming government at the Local government, if he is elected Chairman of Ifako Ijaiye Local government come 2023.
Honorable Saka Fafunmi stressed that having served as chairman, House Committee on Public Account of the entire 57 Local governments in the state where he has looked at the income and expenditure of Local government for four years, coupled with his exposure and knowledge, he indeed has a lot to bring to the table when it comes to effective governance in Ifako-Ijaiye Local government chairmanship position.
He added “my training, basically, I have a degree in Engineering, a degree in Law and a master’s in Public Administration. I’m adequately prepared to hold any office in government”
Regarding what he intends to do for the people when he eventually gets elected, Fafunmi posited that he will focus on human capacity and infrastructure development in Ifako-Ijaiye, by looking at the average needs of the people.
From my observation, a lot of people are hungry and are not sure of their next meals. So, with this realization in our community, I will work hard to turn around the fortune of Ifako-Ijaiye and put a smile on people faces, when I’m elected chairman by God’s grace.
Speaking about his relationship with the members of the state Assembly, Hon. Fafunmi maintained that his relationship with the members is healthy, and his local government has a leader in the person of Otunba Ogunusi, and other members of the house.
Fafunmi further stated that his relationship with other members of his party – APC is cordial, adding that in the last election, he enjoyed tremendous support from the electorate in Ifako-Ijaiye, as all the wards voted for him. He also affirmed that party members are equally committed and are working hard to ensure the development of the APC.
Recounting some of his laudable projects as lawmaker representing Ifako-Ijaiye, Fafunmi noted that he personally bought two American buses to convey students and pupils to school. He further assured that when elected Chairman, he will scale up the program by acquiring more school buses to convey more students and pupils.
“By then, I won’t be bankrolling the project from my personal purse alone, but with the Local Government resources it will be convenient to acquire more school buses for the students in Ifako-Ijaiye.
The idea of the school buses programme was borne out of sympathy for our children who would have to deal with the recklessness of motorcycle riders popularly known as Okada.
“I discovered that reckless Okada Riders were frequently knocking down students, and I know what I suffered when I was in primary school. So, I thought of a way to alleviate the suffering of the people, make them feel covered, since the essence of governance is to meet the need of the people and protect them”
Speaking on quality leadership, Hon. Saka Fafunmi disclosed that the people of Ifako-Ijaiye are clamoring for him to return to government to serve them.
He averred that he appreciates those calling on him to serve the good people of Ifako-Ijaiye, and that it goes to show that the people indeed do understand the importance of good governance; knowing that it’s what I stand for.
Dissatisfied by the rate of development in local governments, Fafunmi said, if we continue the way we are going, we are not heading in the right direction. I just wish stakeholders will come together in one voice to achieve a common goal because the essence of local government is to compliment the effort of the state government.
He reiterated that his manifesto is designed to develop human capacity, develop infrastructure especially in the area of schools to aid better learning environment for our students.
Another major focus will be on the issue of public health.
“In fact, Public Health Centers will be located in all the wards for easy access, and to handle minor ailments instead of going to the general hospitals for such minor treatments”, he concluded.