Saka Fafunmi, former member, Lagos state House of Assembly, representing Ifako Ijaiye, has noted that he has all what its takes to run a successful and life-transforming government at the Local government, if he is elected chairman, 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 its 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 masters in Public Administration. I’m adequately prepared to hold any office”
About what he intends to do for the people of Ifako-Ijaiye, Fafunmi posited that he will focus on human capacity and infrastructure development in Ifako-Ijaiye, and look at the average needs of the people because as he can see, a lot of people are hungry and are not sure of their next meals. So, with this realization in our community, I promise to turn around the fortune of Ifako-Ijaiye and put a smile on people faces, if I’m elected chairman by God’s grace.
Speaking about his relationship with the members of the state Assembly, Hon. Saka maintained that his relationship with the members is healthy, and his local government has a leader in the person of Otunba Ogunusi, and other collegiate of 10 members. And about his political party, APC, he stated that he has a smooth relationship with the party members, saying in the last election, he enjoyed a tremendous support from the electorate in Ifako-Ijaiye as all the wards voted for him during the last election. He added that the party members are are equally committed and are working hard to ensure the development of the party, APC.
He recalled some of his laudable programs for his Local government when he was a member of the House. Hon. Fafunmi noted that when he was a lawmaker in the constituency 1 in Ifako-Ijaiye, he personally bought two American buses to convey students to schools. And that if he is elected chairman, he will upscale the program because at that period, i won’t be using my personal resources, but resources from the local government, which will be convenient to acquire more school buses for the students in our local government.
“I embarked on the program of making buses available to our students because I discovered that reckless Okada Riders were frequently knocking down students, and I know what I suffered when I was in primary school. So, if there is 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”
While speaking about quality leadership, Hon. Fafunmi disclosed that the people of Ifako-Ijaiye are clamoring for him to return to government to serve them. He remarked that he appreciates those calling on him to serve the good people of Ifako-Ijaiye, and that to a large extent has shown that the people are indeed do understand the importance of good governance because they know what I stand for which is good governance that is also sacrosanct and not negotiable in Ifako-Ijaiye. However, if we continue the way we are going, we are not heading in the right direction. I just wish the stakeholders will come together with a voice to achieve a common goal as the essence of local government is to compliment the effort of the state government.
He reiterated that his manifestos is designed to develop human capacity, develop infrastructure especially in the area of school to aid better learning environment for our students. Another major focus will be on health-Public Health Centres and the likes.
In fact, PHC 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.