Thursday, 20th of January was indeed a great day for the people of Olambe Area Community Development Committee (CDC) as they held their first general meeting of the year. The meeting which was hosted by Victorious Group 1 of CDAs was held at Dillos Event Centre and kicked started with special prayers from Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Olambe Chapter
While delivering his welcome address, the Group Chairman, Mr. Olawale Kanmodi appreciate everyone present and also wishes the patron of the Area CDC, Captain Babatope Emmanuel Kehinde popularly called Captain BEK happy birthday. The Chairman also applauded the leadership of the Area CDC for its giant strides since inception of the administration. His words: “Let me quickly acknowledge the great changes that had happened and still happening across our communities since the inception of this administration ably led by our amiable Chairman, Alhaji Comrade Omolade. And because a lot have been written and said about these transformations, all I will do is to reassure the Chairman that we in Group 1 are proud of your achievements which are visible and can be felt across Olambe.
“Mr. Chairman, we are proud of you because the achievement speaks of your commitment, we are proud of you because the achievement speaks of your creativity, we are proud of you because it speaks of your clear strategic vision of what should happen across our community and indeed in other associating CDCs. As a result, we of the Victorious Group 1 are saying you are doing well at the same time assuring you and your excos of our unflinching support and the promise that we shall continue to raise the flag up flying.”
The Group Chairman however stated the activities and performances of the Group. He said: “Flood, aftermath rumblings and control: There is no gainsaying the fact that flood/flooding is our common and greatest enemy across CDAs/Groups, as a result of the destruction that follows each heavy downpour. And quite frankly, this was the first critical challenge faced by this administration shortly after our inauguration and this is what led to setting up of flood committee to intervene as an arbiter proactively to put an end to some near conflict situations, and with God’s guidance and members’ understanding and support to a large extent, we have been able to make some progress, though not yet where we wanted to be but we are definitely not where we were years ago.
“Part of what we have done across CDAs, based on flood committee’s recommendations was to build and construct culverts, open up drainages across the CDAs to allow free flow of water, but it should be noted however that it is not yet Uhuru!
“Therefore, with this little progress, may I use this opportunity to appeal to the Chairman and his executives to set up their oversight functions, first in ensuring that peace reigns across our CDAs, especially with the rumblings (inter/intra CDAs/Groups) that follow each rainy day. And because what affects one affects all, makes playing the ostrich a dangerous way to address the issue, and the time to act is now because it is only in the atmosphere of peace that development thrives so as to continue building on the gains already recorded in Olambe.
“Secondly, considering the fact that our community is bordered by some other sister CDCs, which makes the CDA/Group within less influencial in terms of critical decisions, therefore will require of the OACDC to interface with their counterparts in identifying all flood entry (CONGO Petesi/exit points), with the sole aim of drawing a roadmap on how to reduce volume inflow at entry points as well as creating passage for free flow at exit points (The water bed and Oluwaseun CDA).
“Security: the fact that security is the quality or state of being secure, such as freedom from danger, fear or anxiety and with the purpose of keeping everyone within a given environment safe, makes the setting up of a Group Security Response Team a timely idea, having all the CDA Chairmen as members, the team, proactively acting, meets regularly on both real and imagined security breach(es) and jointly proffer solution. Moreover, to stem the nefarious activities of okada riders and other Intruders, security barriers, security gate houses are been erected/constructed across CDAs for efficient security checks and assurances.
“Health is wealth they say, and for sound healthy living, an occasional visit to hospitals or clinics for medical checks can’t be ruled out, this in some cases creates some financial burden on some of us, it is for this reason that CDAs have set up an internal tests mechanism to carry out BP and Sugar level checks with their procured test kits and what you get now is members are tested at each of our meetings, CDA/Group and even as experienced earlier today. The Chairman and the Woman Leader are living witnesses having experienced same at one of our CDAs security gate dedication.
“Electricity: to further enhance security across our CDAs, street electrification has commenced in some CDAs and before the end of this year, Insha Allah, the Chairman will be invited to commission this in one or two of our CDAs. And for quality electricity supply devoid of any break, wooden/broken poles are being replaced with concrete ones where they are available. Cables have been procured to replace old ones for efficient energy transmission across the Group.”
Responding to the Group Chairman’s welcome address, the Area CDC Vice Chairman, Pastor Peter Dada commended the Group for a well-done job, urging them (CDAs/Groups) to remain united. He equally admonished members of the community to be security conscious saying security is everybody’s business.
In his reaction, the Area CDC Chairman, Comrade Omolade Akinade Ganiyu admonished Victorious Group 1 of CDAs to work more mobilizing members to their meeting saying their attendance is not too impressive despite the fact that they are the hosing Group. He, however, pleaded to everyone to support the Educational Committee in order to complete the ongoing school project adding that the Area CDC has produced tickets in order to raise funds for the school project, which will cost five hundred naira per adult (18 years and above). On security, the Chairman urged everyone to always pay their security regularly and promptly.
The Grand Patron of the Area CDC who was also the immediate past Chairman of the Area CDC Captain Babatope Emmanuel Kehinde urged members of the community to continue to support the present administration in order to surpass his administration achievements adding that community development is a continuous exercise.
Community Leaders in attendance include; Prince Adebanjo (Former Ifo Zonal CDC Chairman), Captain Babatope Emmanuel Kehinde, Prince Niyi Teweogbade, Prince Adegorite Adefiroye as well as Pastor (Mrs.) Ejeogu Edna.