The chairman of Wewe Local Council Development Area in the Oke Ogun Area of Oyo State, Olaniyi Olusegun Olawuwo, has said that the creation of LCDAs in the state has improved the grassroots by taking developmental projects to where the local government cannot reach.
Olawuwu while speaking with the Nigerian Tribune said that some communities which were formerly in the old local government areas have not benefited much development like other areas. He said “The level of development since the creation of LCDAs in the state has improved and has penetrated deeper the grassroots than when there were no LCDAs.”
The chairman also talked about the history and the creation of Wewe LCDA. He said “Wewe LCDA is one of the two LCDAs created by our visionary governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi on January 16, 2018, from Saki West Local Government Area, the other Asabari Local Council Development Area. The council area is known for its heavy reliance on agriculture, though we still have other economic activities going on within the territory. This includes iron pots, shea butter, bakery, table water factories and modern day businesses like filling stations and tourist sites, which became more prevalent because of booming movement in and out of the terrain.
“The LCDA covers about 60 kilometres terrain around a water-logged area with many rivers adjoining Wewe River which the LCDA was named after. With the task of covering so much developmental landmark in a very short time, the smooth take off of the LCDA demands a great effort in order to comply with the vision of our governor. With this in mind, as the first caretaker chairman, on assuming duty, I left no stone unturned in our focus to lay the foundation upon which further development of the LCDA would be laid.”
He also listed some projects he has done since the assumption of office. He said “When we got there, we understood that aside operating from a conducive environment, other things that will justify the reason the LCDAs were created must be given consideration. So, we embarked on massive agricultural, natural resources, environment, health, education and social services, primary health care, road construction among others. In all, in Wewe LCDA, we were able to embark and complete over 31 projects.
“Also, we were able to make marks on various construction works like- markets, rehabilitation and grading of access roads; Irewole, Baptist area, yam market area, Abokede Irewole area, Kewulere, Omirinde of the LCDA, Agoro Challenge Central Mosque, Apinnite Saki, Challenge road, Erunfn-Mountain of Fire Priase Ministry road, Saki, Sunday Ishola road Saki, Arowoselu Road, Akomolesin road, Tiwadayo Road, Munas Road among others.”