The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has inaugurated the newly renovated Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Secretariat completed in a record time of 4-months by the Executive Chairman, Hon Fatai Ayoola administration on Saturday after the wanton of destruction witnessed during the EndSARS protest that was hijacked by hoodlums in October 2020.
The imposing secretariat complex of the Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area was an attraction to behold Ajegunle after its renovation.
Scores of residents ushered in Sanwo-Olu into the premises for the formal opening of council’s administrative building torched about four months ago. Also rebuilt in the premises of the LGA is the marriage registry vandalised by hoodlums.
The Governor said the quick revamp of the secretariat demonstrated the resilient spirit of Lagos.
Sanwo-Olu said: “I am excited that less than four months after the mindless destruction of the council administrative building, we are coming back to see a magnificent building standing tall again. The chairman, Hon. Fatai Ayoola, has turned a hopeless situation into story of joy.
“I’m impressed by the commitment of the council chairman and other workers towards rebuilding the secretariat. These are the true heroes, who donated their effort and resources that led to the completion of project. What has been demonstrated is the resilience and strength of Lagosians to rise beyond any challenge.”
The Governor said the lesson of the event that led to the destruction of the council secretariat was not lost on the State, urging the people of the council to protect the assets and guard it against destruction.
Hon. Ayoola thanked the State Government for the support in rebuilding the secretariat, noting that the sad event almost halted governance in the council.
With the refurbishing of the secretariat, Lagos APC chairman, Hon. Tunde Balogun, said the residents were gradually coming out of the ruins wreaked by the arsonists.
He said the beauty of the new secretariat would endlessly prick the conscience of those who participated in the destruction of the building.
Sanwo-Olu donated six brand new vehicles (four pickup vans and two car) to the council to help smooth administrative duties.
The Governor also performed the ground-breaking for the rebuilding of the Magistrate Court burnt in the council secretariat.
The Editorial Board of Lagos Panorama has also elected to recognize and award Hon Fatai Ayoola with the prestigious Lagos Panorama SDG Grassroots Distinguished Youth Empowerment Award for his sustainable support and empowerment to the teeming youths of Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government.
The widely read sociopolitical magazine and online news platform in their effort to promote the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) decided to recognize and award dedication and zeal by outstanding individuals and organizations in a series of awards to celebrate excellence by trailblazers in aspects of grass-root sustainable development.
The Editorial Board in acknowledgment of the multi-faceted achievements of the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of Lagos State created in the year 2003 by the visionary leadership of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
The categorization of these awards is in accordance with development indices of universal acceptance.
These awards are intended to motivate and spur grass-root development through contribution from all spheres. The grassroots awards are categorized into environment friendly, rural infrastructure transformation, infrastructural Development, education, primary healthcare, sports, LG COVID-19 Responder, Information Technology, security, market development, youth and women empowerment