The residents of Felele-Olorunsogo layout and Kajola-Irede Community at Academy Oju-hospital area in Ibadan South East Local Government area of Oyo State, have commended Hon. Abass Adigun (Agboworin), representing Ibadan South East/Ibadan North East federal constituency for erecting security gates in their communities.
Mr. Lukman Gbadamosi, Vice Chairman, Police Community Relations Committee for Felele-Olorunsogo layout and Mr. Abiodun Adebayo, a youth leader in Kajola-Irede community at Academy Oju-Hospital Area spoke with the Pacesetter News correspondent on behalf their people. The duo described Hon. Adigun Agboworin as a lawmaker that stands by his electoral promises.
Mr. Lukman in his words, “Hon. Abass Adigun Agboworin did a gate for us in Felele-Olorunsogo community. In fact, it is a magnificent gate. It has proved to be an eye opener of sort, something other politicians should emulate to create high-profile security for the communities in their constituencies. We are very grateful for what Hon Agboworin has done. The gate has raised the profile of Felele-Olorunsogo community a lot. When people pass through Iwo-Road to Felele and they see the gate, they say ‘this gate is very beautiful and modern.’ And it is indeed a modern gate, first of its kind in our area”.
“Hon Agboworin, through this gate, has changed the status of Felele to a modern community. It is not the way people see Felele before that they are looking at it now. Things have changed through the lawmaker.”
“For this pioneering and innovative project, a lot of politicians have now approached us to tell us they also want to build and erect entrance gates for us. Hon Agboworin is a very good innovator. He initiated the entrance gate and now everybody is trying to copy it. We are very grateful to him. If you ask anybody in Felele, they will speak very highly of him”.
“We were not expecting he would perform up to this magnitude. His performance is highly rated in Felele-Olorunsogo community. If youth as the youths, they will tell you that Hon Agboworin has done an eye-opener gate in Felele for all politicians to emulate. So, we are very proud of him”.
When asked the the importance of the security gate to his community, Mr. Lukman said, “the gate is a ‘foundation gate’ for all other entrances and gates in and out of Felele-Olorunsogo community. There are about 15 exits and entrances into and out of Felele. So, by doing the foundation gate, he has opened ways for everybody to come to Felele. Felele is now a changed community and is now beautiful. A lot of people are now coming back to live in Felele because they now know there is security in the community.”
He stressed that about five other politicians are now trying to do other gates. they all want to copy Agboworin gate. “They want to do gates at Scout Camp, one behind Ayefele Music House and other places”.
Mr Abiodun in another telephone call to the Pacesetter News, said “if you get to the area as I am speaking to you right now, you will see the gate at the entrance with the inscription ‘built by Hon Abass Adigun Agboworin.’ That is not the only gate in that area. He also did build and erect another gate in Alake, another community in the area, making a total of two gates and both are completed”
Asked if the request of the community, Abiodun said yes. “Immediately he was elected and sworn-in, he came to the area and asked what the needs of the community were. The elders in the community told him we wanted gates to secure the areas and he came to do the gates for us. We are very happy that he did so and we are grateful to him”
Describing the timeliness of the security gates, Abiodun is helping a lot especially during the partial lockdown in the state due to COVID-19 pandemic. “The gates have helped to improve security in our areas. Prior to COVID-19 outbreak, area boys were having free entry and free exit into the communities to disrupt the peace when they clash. But now, the gate is now a barrier for area boys and hoodlums”
“Those who live in the communities but work far away are given 3hrs grace at night before the gates are locked. Even motorists and Okada operators who used to over-speed and in the process hit people and run away no longer have access to our communities to do such. So, the gates have helped to reduce acciden5t. These are some of the usefulness of the gates” Abiodun concluded.