By Biyi Akinnodi
The Okitipupa Local Government management has been urged to make sure that no community in the area is left untouched in terms of projects execution at the end of her tenure.
The University of Ibadan alumni association urged the chairperson during a meeting at the weekend.
Presiding over the meeting, Sir Wumi Akinmoju (KJW) emphasised the importance of spreading available resources across the council area.
He congratulated members that one of them was considered as the number one citizen of the local government. He equally used the forum to formally congratulate Mrs Alaka on behalf of others for being the first female to be on the mantle of administration at the council.
Sir Akinmoju prayed that God sustains the chairman, her family, members of the association and their families.
He called on the council boss to liaise with other political office holders from the area to make sure that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) restores its examination and post-examination test that had since been phased out back to the area.
According to him, laptop gadgets are the major challenge for the Ondo State University of Science and Technology to carry out the Post UTME test. About two hundred pieces are needed by his estimation.
While applauding the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Professor Sunday Ogunduyile for doing pretty well since he assumed office, Akinmoju pointed out the need for stakeholders to partner with him to make sure that the faculties of Agric Technology and Engineering take off in due course.
In her response, Chairman, Okitipupa Local Government, Mrs. Morenike Alaka said that she was highly elated to host members of the association.
She informed them that the task ahead of her is enormous, but not insurmountable as she relies on God and members of the association to succeed.
Mrs. Alaka specifically pointed to the deplorable roads across the local government area, citing the Okitipupa-Ikoya, and Ilutitun-Iju Odo as examples.
The council boss expressed disappointment in the youths who are idle and take begging for alms as a way out of the unemployment in the country.
She pointed out that alms begging is not the culture of the Ikale people and must vehemently be discouraged while encouraging the youths to learn how to struggle and earn something, no matter how little.
“Before now, I sold a lot of things; anything that could give me any little amount of money. Even at the end of my tenure, I will not relent. They should be introduced to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) because there are a lot of opportunities to earn a living through them”.
Also speaking, Comrade Lasisi Akindeinde called on members to support the chairman in anyway that they could.
Chief Sola Akingbuluma opined that the people in the area are not patriotic enough, urging Alaka not to be discouraged by their behaviours, praying that God would assist her to record unprecedented success.
Reverend Ayo Akinseloyin asserted that the chairman has the skill and knowledge to tackle the situation on ground and should go ahead to achieve.
He admonished her to upgrade the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) base of the council.
Mrs Idowu Asogbon advised that engagement of volunteers and employment of delegatory roles in administration are veritable tools to record huge success.