Sanwo-Olu inaugurates Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Primary Health Centre, as Ajidagba turns dumpsite to hospital

The newly constructed two-storey by the Hon Dr. Fatai Ajidagba administration, fully equipped healthcare facility, a project of the LCDA, which was designed to provide monthly health services to an estimate of 5,000 people in five local councils. The council named the impressive edifice after the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Newly built Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Comprehensive Health Centre, by the Executive Chairman, Ifelodun Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Shuaib Fatai Ajidagba administration, commissioned by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at Alaba-Oro, Ifelodun LCDA, Amukoko on Saturday, February 20, 2021

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L-R: Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi; his counterpart for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Wale Ahmed and Chairman, Ifelodun Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Shuaib Fatai Ajidagba during the commissioning of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Comprehensive Health Centre at Alaba-Oro, Ifelodun LCDA, on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

A state-of-the-art Primary Health Centre (PHC) was, on Saturday, commissioned by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Alaba-Oro, Ifelodun Local Council Development Area (LCDA) in Amukoko area of the State. 

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L-R: Chairman, Lagos All Progressives Congress, APC, Alhaji Tunde Balogun; Party Chieftain, Prince Rabiu Oluwa;  Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chairman, Ifelodun Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Shuaib Fatai Ajidagba and others during the commissioning of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Comprehensive Health Centre at Alaba-Oro, Ifelodun LCDA, on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

The newly constructed two-storey by the Hon Dr. Fatai Ajidagba administration, fully equipped healthcare facility, a project of the LCDA, which was designed to provide monthly health services to an estimate of 5,000 people in five local councils. The council named the impressive edifice after the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 

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Ojora of Ijora, Oba AbdulFatai Aromire; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chairman, Ifelodun Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Shuaib Fatai Ajidagba; Chieftain, Lagos All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Rabiu Oluwa; Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Wale Ahmed and the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, during the cutting of the cake at the inauguration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Comprehensive Health Centre at Alaba-Oro, Ifelodun LCDA, on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

Sanwo-Olu described the development as a “positive turnaround” for residents of the council, given that the land on which the PHC is built was formerly a dumpsite. 

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L-R: Newly built Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Comprehensive Health Centre, commissioned by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at Alaba-Oro, Ifelodun LCDA, Amukoko on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

Besides, the Governor formally opened the revamped secretariat of the Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area, which was completely razed and looted by arsonists in the destruction that trailed the EndSARS protests, last October. 

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Interior of the newly built Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Comprehensive Health Centre, commissioned by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at Alaba-Oro, Ifelodun LCDA, Amukoko on Saturday, February 20, 2021.
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Interior of the newly built Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Comprehensive Health Centre, commissioned by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at Alaba-Oro, Ifelodun LCDA, Amukoko on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

While inaugurating the PHC, Sanwo-Olu said the facility would increase access to quality health services for people at the grassroots and further raise the capacity of the State Government in healthcare intervention being delivered. 

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L-R: Newly built Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Comprehensive Health Centre, commissioned by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, at Alaba-Oro, Ifelodun LCDA, Amukoko on Saturday, February 20, 2021.

The Governor said the delivery of a fully equipped health centre by the council showed how leaders at the lowest tier of Government could strengthen the State Government’s development drive, urging council chairmen across the State to replicate similar projects in their communities for more positive impacts. 

He said: “I am humble to be commissioning this first class healthcare edifice, which was fully undertaken and delivered by the chairman of Ifelodun LCDA. This speaks to the modest effort being made by the council towards improving lives of our people at the grassroots. The quality of project delivered has challenged us a Government on the need to bring up projects that will only benefit people at the grassroots level, but one that will transform their lives. 

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“This is another demonstration that good governance at lowest tier is pertinent to accelerating socio-economic development. There must be collaboration between local councils and State Government to further enhance service delivery and make people in local communities to feel the impacts of the Government. I commend the leadership of Ifelodun LCDA for this befitting health centre that will serve our people.” 

The Governor said the decision of the council officials to name the PHC after Tinubu was appropriate, given the development impact the APC National Leader had made in the State and across the nation. 

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Upon the decision of the council to hand over the PHC to the State Government for efficient management and sustenance, Sanwo-Olu said the State Government was prepared to take over the primary health facility and would further strengthen it to become a comprehensive health centre. 

Ifelodun LCDA Executive Chairman, Hon. Fatai Ajidagba, said the construction of the PHC was financed from the council’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), noting that the project was embarked on based on the request from the residents. 

He said: “I stand today in fulfillment of our electoral promises of making life more meaningful for our people. We are indeed very delighted Ifelodun LCDA is able to show the entire world developmental projects that have direct and positive impact on the lives of the people. 

“The impact and benefit of this health centre will not only be felt by the people in our LCDA alone, but also residents of six other local council around us will benefit from the services that will be provided here. This prompted us to name this edifice as Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Comprehensive Health Centre.” 

The PHC has tuberculosis care department, eye and dental clinics, pharmacy section, medical laboratory, X-ray department, ultra sound scanning section, children immunisation centre and maternity, among others. 

The Editorial Board of Lagos Panorama has also elected to recognize and award the Hon Ajidagba with the prestigious Lagos Panorama SDG Grassroots Distinguished Primary Healthcare Award for the construction of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu comprehensive Primary Health Center.

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 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

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