The Special Adviser on Rural Development to the Governor, Dr. Nurudeen Agbaje has led a team of government officials on an inspection tour to the Oke-Ogbe Community in the Badagry Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The inspection, which is part of the ongoing tour of rural communities across the state, was aimed at identifying the infrastructural deficit in all local communities and developing appropriate initiatives to ensure every community benefits from the development plan of the state as enshrined in the T.H.E.M.E.S Plus Agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Administration.

Speaking during the exercise, the Commissioner described the tour as a way of understudying the peculiar challenges of rural communities and proffering short and long-term solutions to them to improve the standard of living of the dwellers.

According to him, “The inspection of the six Community Development Associations (CDAs) under Oke-Ogbe has provided the Ministry the opportunity to assess the state of the community and their infrastructure”. 

“As a responsible government, we have been able to ascertain the pressing concerns of these communities, particularly, the construction of the Oke-Ogbe Community link bridge. The absence of which poses a significant threat to residents”, he added.

The Special Adviser also noted that the Oke-Ogbe outskirt road facing the major Badagry express road, is a major project of both the State and the Federal Government, adding that the exit point of the community, the Ipara Road, is presently under construction by the Lagos State Government.

While assuring the community that the Office of Rural Development is actively working to address concerns and improve their infrastructure, Dr. Agbaje urged the community residents to be patient with the government, citing the ongoing construction of the Ipara road as evidence of Mr. Governor’s commitment to uplifting rural communities in Lagos State.

A member of the Community’s Executive Committee, Dr. Olawole Olaniyi Joseph, expressed hope that with the ongoing construction of the Ipara road, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s intervention in Oke-Ogbe would not only bring relief to the residents but also enhance transportation and road accessibility for neighbouring communities, including Ijotun, Agunmo and Samoseje town.

The Special Adviser was accompanied by Directors in the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Rural Development, including the Director, Centre for Rural Development (CERUD), Mr. Stephen Adeniji and Director, Technical Services, Engr. Abiodun Dankuwo amongst other management staff.

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