Thursday 17th August, 2017 is a date that will enter the annals of Ibadan South West Local Government as the Chairman, Hon. Moshood Gbenga Opaleye hosted the first Town Hall meeting in the history of the council. In his opening remarks, Hon Opaleye pointed out that the meeting which was in tandem with the state government’s agenda was actually tailored towards giving good representation and also to allow people to bare their minds on their expectations from the government.
The Chairman took time to address some of the challenges being faced by residents. On security, he pointed out that it is everybody’s duty. “Vigilante group is legal and recognized by law. You can form a vigilante group, it is right to do so; the only thing is that you are not allowed to arm them with guns. If you do that, you’ll be running afoul of the law. The government will not tolerate jungle justice”, the Chairman averred.
On healthcare delivery, Opaleye assured that his administration will do all in its power to compliment the state government’s effort in improving the healthcare delivery system within the council area by setting up a Rescue Operation Team that will be moving around to ensure improved delivery especially in emergency situations.
He implored people to embrace the Health Insurance Scheme introduced by the state government; which he made it known can be accessed with the payment of N 650 monthly. Mrs. Ayodele, who led the health team explained the workability of the scheme as she stated that “everybody cannot be ill at the same time, so when you contribute and you are ill, part of the funds contributed by others will be used for you, just like they too will benefit when they fall ill”.
In the area of agriculture, Opaleye revealed that the council has secured over 1000 acres of land in Ido for allocation to farmers within the council area, with the promise that equipment that will assist farmers will be provided.
One of the attractions that got many people talking at the meeting was the boxing event that featured bouts between boxers from the Oyo State Amateur Boxing Association, OSABA. Honourable Opaleye explained that he specifically decided to showcase the boxing event to enable youths in the state understand that they can use their energy to make money through sports instead of channeling such energy into crime.
He did not leave without charging the people on the need to take care of government property. He said “when you see people damaging government property, alert the authorities”. He however sounded a note of warning; “if you give wrong information, we will arrest you”.
The town hall meeting which was held at council’s premises witnessed the presence of representatives from various groups of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Market Women Association, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), ACCOMORAN, NCWS, Community Development Councils, Farmer’s Association, Mobile Truck and Tipper Association as well religious and traditional leaders.
The Special Adviser to Governor Ajimobi on Security, Segun Bolarinwa, Special Adviser on Political Matters, Mrs. Ajobo Senior Special Assistant on Environment, Tope Obileye, party leaders from Ibadan South West Local Government, led by the chairman, Prince Aderemi Oni, Iyaloja of Ibadan land, Chief (Mrs.) Iswat Ameringun and government officials in the local government led by Head of Local Government Administration, Engr. Kolawole Sunday Laoye were also in attendance.
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