Fashola Hands Over 10th Mini-Water Works In Ojokoro
• Says ACN is a party that keeps promises
Feb 21, 2011 - Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), Monday commissioned the Ojokoro Mini-Water Works in Ojokoro Local Council Development Area saying his administration has, once again kept its promise to the people as a product of the Action Congress of Nigeria, a Party that makes promises and keeps them.
Addressing a large crowd of residents of the area consisting of traditional rulers, members of Community Development Associations, party leaders and government officials, among others, Governor Fashola itemized some of the promises kept to include, finding permanent solution to the power problem in Iju and Adiyan Water Works and short term solution to the nagging problem of water supply in the State.
The Governor recalled that his administration discovered at inception that the Adiyan and Iju Water Works were producing below capacity because of inadequate electricity supply and needed upgrading.
"To the Glory of God, we have commissioned, for almost one and a half years now, a 12 mega watts Independent Power Project for Iju and Adiyan and they are the only water works in the whole of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that have an Independent dedicated power supply facility which has improved the power supply capacity at the Iju and Adiyan Waterworks", the Governor said.
"We embarked on 15 mini-water works, each with a capacity for two million gallons a day and a reticulation of a radius of five kilometres to service a minimum of 500 houses in each of the communities where they are located. To the Glory of God, today we have kept our promise; this is the 10th of the water projects, two more have been completed and will soon be handed over while three are in different advanced stages of construction and development", the Governor said.
According to Governor Fashola, "We are a Party that has formed a government that keeps promises to its people because democracy is about the government of the people, elected by the people and working for the people. We have kept our promise to you and we are proud to approach you again the electorates, to ask you to renew the mandate".
"Our opponents are pretenders; It has just been reported that at the Federal level controlled by the party that is developing poverty, they have 7, 500 abandoned projects littered across the country. They conceived the projects, they had to implement the projects, they assessed themselves and gave themselves that result", the Governor said.
He recalled that another report by the House of Representatives also indicted the Federal Government for failure to implement the Budget which the House passed for them every year adding that the Lagos State Government has consistently implemented its yearly budget up to 80 percent since 2007.
"The Lagos State Government, under the Action Congress of Nigeria, delivered 70 percent budget performance in 2008, we delivered 73 percent performance in 2009 and we delivered 80 percent performance in 2010. The PDP led Federal Government has delivered 30 percent budget performance. That is why you do not have electricity, that is why security does not work and that is why we cannot manufacture our own fuel", the Governor said pointing out that giving such a party another opportunity to be at the helm of affairs would be a huge mistake.
Governor Fashola expressed dismay that in the last 12 years, a total of $500 billion proceeds from the crude oil sales has been spent by the Federal Government to ensure steady power supply adding, "While a country like Dubai which relies on oil has become a tourist and inventors destination, Nigeria, with its vast deposit of oil, cocoa and men, has not made any improvement because of the caliber of PDP leaders at the helm".
Urging the electorates in the country to come together and vote out the ruling party, Governor Fashola declared, "With your six million votes in Lagos , 15 million votes in the South West and 66 million votes across the Federal Republic of Nigeria, every Nigerian must wake up this time to vote PDP out of our lives".
"PDP is the virus that is disturbing our electricity, PDP is the virus that is disturbing our security, PDP is the virus that is disturbing our healthcare, our education, our industrial development and if you have virus, you flush it out with very good medicine. Your ballot paper and your Voter's Card are the strong medicine that will flush the virus of PDP out of your lives. Use it wisely", Governor Fashola advised.
"Our Party and our Government remain ready to implement life-changing policies; policies that put bread and butter on your table; policies that give your children a brighter, rewarding future; policies like efficient water supply that reduces diseases to your children; policies that keep you away from drought and famine. This is what our party represents", Governor Fashola said adding that this is why the ACN has led the campaigns that the coming elections must be about ideas; that is why we are the first party to publicly launch and hold a colloquium on the agenda of our candidates and the manifesto of our party", the Governor said.
Earlier in their remarks, Chairman of Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area, Mr. Demola Doherty and his Ojokoro Local Council Development Area counterpart, Hon. Benjamin Olabinjo, thanked Governor Fashola for fulfilling his promise to the Local Council and to the people of Lagos expressing confidence that given another chance the administration would achieve the total transformation of Lagos into a model mega-city.
Also speaking, the Managing Director of the State's Water Corporation, Engineer Sayo Holloway, said the Mini waterworks being handed over was one of the 15 constructed by the present administration as a short term measure to boost water supply in the State.
According to the managing Director, with the handing over of the project, a five kilometre reticulation has also been completed to provide water to about 500 houses.
Others, who spoke at the occasion, including the ACN House of Representatives candidate for the area, Otunba Michael Abayomi Ogunlusi, and the CEO Divine Gate Nigeria Limited, Mrs. Tawa Williams, the project contractors, commended the Governor for the tremendous achievements his administration has recorded in the State in the last four years.
In their goodwill messages, the members of the State House of Assembly representing Ifako/Ijaiye 1 and 2, Hon. Dayo Fafunmi and Hon. Ipoola Omisore, commended Governor Fashola for completing the project and promised the people are ready to vote en masse for him and the CAN during the coming elections.
Also present at the occasion were members of the State Executive Council, Traditional Rulers, including the Oba of Ojokoro, Oba Oluwalambe Taiwo, party leaders and residents of the area who trooped out to welcome the Governor.