BEVERLY HILLS, May 25, (THEWILL) – A cross-section of rights activists, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and residents along the Lagos/Ogun borders has praised Lagos Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Ogun Governor Dapo Abiodun for their thoughtfulness in the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) jointly signed to develop infrastructure bordering both states.
Setting the ball of the commendation rolling was an activist, Prince Dare Aladekoba of the Royal People’s Platform, who expressed the delight that, “The era of ‘where do you belong to,’ between the people living along the borders is over,” adding that, “The initiative would give the residents of areas like Akute and Alagbole the deserved sense of belonging as Nigerians.”
Echoing Aladekoba’s view was Comrade Omolola Olukayode of the Nigeria Peace Advocacy Group, who believed the development would sanitise the border lines through the provision of essential facilities like good roads, streetlights and potable water for the residents.
A resident at Ojodu/Berger axis of the border, Mrs. Felicia Chukwu, was of the conviction that, the MoU would boost economic activities along the affected areas more than ever before, stating that, “As a trader, I am looking forward to witnessing the take-off of the joint projects.”
Another resident at Railway-Crossing, Alagbado, Reverend Josiah Alaladele Mathew said, “What gladdens my heart is that the cross-border hoodlums would be taken care of by joint patrol teams of both states. Hitherto, the border lines were considered as no man’s land.”
The Convener, the Epe Youth Forum, Comrade Adewale Oladipupo, praised the two governors for their responsiveness to the yearnings of the people, saying, “The MoU is long overdue,” admitting however that, “It is better late than never.”
Comrade James Adeyemi, who leads the Black Youth Vanguard, a rights organisation, said the economic value of the initiative could not be over-emphasised, reminding that, “More Internally Generated Revenues (IGRs) would accrue to both states and thereby give them additional capitals for developmental projects for the good of their people.”
A student from De Pillars Private Nursery and Primary School, Ota, Ogun State, Waliyat Morolake Bamidele, thanked the two governors for their consideration for the people of the border axis, saying, “The steps they have taken would not give room for marginalisation and discrimination against any member of the communities across the boundary.”
It would be recalled that on Monday, Sanwo-Olu, and Abiodun signed a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Lagos-Ogun Joint Development Commission.
The Commission, according to the document, would see to the development of infrastructure such as roads, security, among others in border towns between the two states.
Sanwo-Olu was quoted at the ceremony as saying in a speech that, “The megacity status of Lagos State necessitated the need for synergy between Lagos and nearby state of Ogun in the area of development, disclosing that, “Lagos, as a megacity with a population of over 22 million people reaffirms the need for greater synergy with other states especially, our immediate neighbours for sustainable socio economic development.”