The annual Lagos State House of Assembly Stakeholders meeting was held across the 40 constituencies in Lagos state today the 19th day of August 2021.
The event which is an avenue for stakeholders such as market leaders, community leaders, traditional and business communities to meet with their representative in the House of Assembly, to give feedback and propose memoranda for the needs of the people which is aimed to be included in the next budget of the state.
The 2021 program is a peculiar one as it focuses on the youth and the menace of drug abuse in society.
The theme; Increasing Wave Of Drug Abuse, A Threat To Nation Building comes as a result of the flagrant abuse of drugs amongst our young population and the need to provide a lasting solution that would transform into building a virile nation of healthy and sane society.
Hon Usman Hamzat, the Executive Chairman of Ifako Ijaiye Local Government declared the event opened by encouraging the attendees to be bold enough to talk about the subject matter and also provide sustainable solution to curbing the monster in our locality.
The chief host of the event, Hon Temitope Adewale in his speech expressed his worries over the damage that the abuse of drugs is causing among our youths. Stating that, if the menace is not curbed, we may not have sane leaders in the nearest future as drug abuse leads to untimely death and destroys others by inhibiting them from achieving their life assignment.
He charged the audience to act as watchdogs in ensuring that we speak out when we see something.
The representative of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mrs Jumoke Olaiya was also in attendance to speak with the audience on the effect of drug abuse and ways to curb the spread of it.
The event also features a documentary on drug abuse and the rehabilitation process of an addict.
Speaking further at the event, the Oba-elect of Iju Ogundimu, Prince Ogundumu advised all the participants to position themselves as agents in combating drug abuse in their various communities.
Other speakers at the event lent their voices to eradicating the abuse of drugs in our community. In unison, they all summit that, to have a prosperous and strong nation, efforts must be put in place to fight drug abuse, especially among our youths and teenagers.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of cash to 100 widows in Ifako Ijaiye and another 100 petty traders who were sourced from outside the political group in the constituency.
The beneficiaries were filled with joy and they expressed their gratitude to Hon Adewale for his kind gesture and unrelenting effort in ensuring and delivering dividends of democracy to the people of his constituency.
The event witnessed a huge turnout from the schools in the constituency, uniform organizations and youth bodies, Corps members, NYCN, YNN, NACOMYO, the Police, DSS, NDLEA, Immigration, LNSC, NSCDC, LASCOTA, Ifako Ijaiye NULGE, Market men and women, and other stakeholders.
The dignitaries present were the Chairman of Ifako Ijaiye Local government Prince Usman Akanbi Hamzat and his Vice Mrs. Oluwatoyin Akerele Awoniyi, the former Chairman of the Council Apostle Oloruntoba Oke, the SA to the Governor on Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Engr Adekunle Olayinka, Representative of the MHR, Mr. Lukman Adeleye, Iyaloja General of Ifako Ijaiye, Chief Mrs. Doyin Coker, the Oba Elect of Iju Ogundimu Prince Ogundimu, the former House of Assembly member Hon Dayo Saka Fafunmi, The CAN president Ifako ijaiye chapter, Rev Olubolade, Co-Chair of NIREC Alhaji Oyedeji, Leader of Ifako Ijaiye Legislative Hon Victor Onifade and all the newly sworn-in Councillors.
Also present were Pastor Ayo Jeje, former SLG Ifako Ijaiye Local Government, The CDC chairman Pastor Samuel Opajobi and all the CDC executives, APC party Chairman in Ifako Ijaiye Dcn Banjo Omole, Lagos State Treasurer of NURTW Alhaji Azeez Istijaba, Engr Jacob Dada, Education Secretary Ifako Ijaiye Mr. Olanrewaju Jongbo, former Sole Administrator Ifako Ijaiye Com. Rotimi Adeleye, former Vice Chairman Ifako ijaiye local government, Hon Kayode Aremo, Representative of Tutor General/Permanent Secretary District 1, HoD Education, Ifako Ijaiye, Alhaja Ogungbo-Alimi, Council of Baales, and other leaders and elders in the local government.
It is hoped that the message of the event shall go around the community and everyone becoming an agent to campaign against drug abuse.