By Michael Adesanya/Abeokuta
The governorship candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Ogun state, Otunba Rotimi Paseda has assured chairmen of Community Development Association (CDAs) and Area Community Development Area (ACDC) in the state that he would make link roads across the 20 local government areas of the state motorable.
Paseda said if elected as governor of the state in 2019, he would focus on developing the community roads to reduce traffic congestion on the main roads.
He gave the assurance on Tuesday during a town hall meeting with chairmen of Community Development Association (CDA) and Area Community Development Council (ACDC) in Ado-Odo/Ota local government.
He said the construction and maintenance of linkable roads in the communities will make the main roads durable and reduce traffic congestion.
Paseda stated that his government will stop awarding contract to foreign contractors, adding that his administration will award contract for the CDAs to local firms to bring governance to the grassroots.
According to him, awarding contract to foreign contractors reduces the internally generated revenue of the state by 60 percent and incapacitates local industries.
He therefore assured of his government’s resolve to return local government council to its constitutional level of operation, adding that he will establish ward development councils for the development of every ward in the state.
He also promised to ensure local government autonomy if elected governor of the state during the forthcoming general elections.
He said: “We will stop awarding contracts to foreign contractors. We can only invite them if we lack the machineries to execute our projects, but there must be condition to bring the foreign contractors.
“I will not build bridges where there is no water. If there is need to do transport re-engineering, we will contract underground bypass.
“When we give contract to foreign contractors, one major problem we have is, our money does not stay in our state. For every contract awarded for the expatriate is less money for the state.
“If elected governor of this state in 2019, my administration will ensure local government autonomy. I will return power to the people.
“Local government will be made relevant to the people at the grassroots, because they will have direct access to their allocations from the federated account. All avenues for local government to generate revenues would be released to them.
“To further bring even development to the grassroots, we need to go back to the Awolowo period where the community determine what they want.”
Speaking on behalf of the CDA chairmen, Chief Fatai Durojaiye, Chairman of the Ota Area CDC commended Paseda for the timely visit. He said the current administration has denied the people of Ota access to good governance.
Durojaiye therefore pledged their support for Paseda’s aspiration in 2019 and urged him to intensify his campaign at the grassroots.