For boosting life with potable water in the agrarian community of Ido in Oyo State, a community has bestowed a chieftaincy title on its benefactor to spur others to community service, Tunde Sanni writes
Ido, a sleepy agrarian community in Oyo State has been without potable water. The community dwellers are on trips daily to source water from the stream. But, a donation of solar powered boreholes has changed that.
Senator Olufemi Lanlehin, a Senator representing Oyo South Senatorial district at the National Assembly since early in the year has been boosting communities in his senatorial constituencies with solar powered boreholes in line with his electioneering campaign promises to afford them with some basic life amenities.
He had earlier in the year, donated seven of such solar-powered boreholes to some communities in his constituency and in the bid to even the spread, extended the gesture to six more communities. Communities where the new borehole projects were recently commissioned for public use included Iberekodo in Igbo-Ora (Ibarapa Central local government), Ido township (Ido local government), Adabeji-Moor Plantation (Ibadan South West L.G), Felele (Ibadan South East L.G), Orita-Aperin (Ibadan South East L.G) and Oje (Ibadan North East L.G).
However, in all the donations, two of the communities stood out as they paid the federal lawmaker back the way they preferred. In Ido, the community traditional head, the Onido of Ido, Chief Tajudeen Akinola Agura could not hide his happiness over the borehole donation cited in his community. He reciprocated by conferring the Chieftaincy title of Otunba Onido of Idoland on the donor while full staff office was presented to the lawmaker at the occasion.
Speaking at the occasion, the donor of the borehole, Lanlehin commended his constituents for the support given to him during the 2011 National Assembly poll which he said accounted for his being a federal lawmaker at the Upper Chamber of the National Assembly, assuring that he would constantly place the people at the centre of his legislative activities. The lawmaker insisted that the coming on board of ACN in the state “is for real, because, we are the choice of the people and given the level of our performance so far, we are telling the people that they did not make mistake in giving our party their mandate”.
He explained that he embarked on the water scheme in keeping with his electoral promises to provide welfare services for the common people and make them have a taste of good representation. According to him, “considering the level of infrastructural deficit in our communities, the task of providing welfare services should not be left in the hands of the executive alone. We should all come around to give back to the society that nurtured us to this level.
“Again those of us in leadership positions should not hesitate to take responsibility and demonstrate that we appreciate the plight of our people. There is nothing that we can gain from closing our eyes to the poor. At my personal level, what you are seeing today is just the beginning of other good things to come; I want to assure you all that I will not relent in committing my resources to the development of our society”.
The lawmaker used the occasion to assure the people of the area that the present crop of lawmakers in the National Assembly would effect all the necessary amendments to the constitution to make it more acceptable to the generality of Nigerians.
Lanlehin, in the company of a mammoth crowd made up of chieftains and members of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) as well as other supporters, assured the residents of each community where the projects were located of better things to come as long as they keep faith with the government of his party at all levels.
“Provision of ultra modern boreholes in your various communities is just a token of what we plan to offer in fulfillment of our campaign promises. All we require from you (members of the public) is maximum cooperation and peaceful co-existence to enable us achieve more in terms of provision of good governance and dividends of democracy to all and sundry.” He stated.
In all the communities, the traditional chiefs, religious leaders and political party chieftains were on hand to welcome the lawmakers and his entourage. The monarchs were full of appreciation to the lawmaker who they described as a rare breed politician.
In Felele, the Chairman of Action Congress of Nigeria, Ibadan South East Local Government, Abiodun Arowolo, who described the donation as life saving, said that the people would start to enjoy a new lease of life through the initiative.
Arowolo noted, “As a result of this laudable initiative, the people of Felele will also have access to clean and hygienic water in their locality. This will boost the health of the long suffering masses of our state.” He reasoned that the local people, who formed the bulk of the society, are entitled to basic amenities of life.
Alhaji Muibi Yusuff led the people of his community to welcome Lanlehin and urged him to move ahead to empower the youths in his selfless service to humanity.
At Oje market, venue of another borehole project commissioning, the Gbonka Olubadan, High Chief Delesolu extolled the virtue of the lawmaker whom he noted was always willing to assist his people without discrimination. He however urged the benefiting communities to make good use of the boreholes to allow for durability.