The Executive Chairman Olorunda LCDA, Badagry, Hon Samson Folorunsho Olatunde has bagged the Lagos Panorama Sustainable Development Goals Grassroots Distinguished Rural Infrastructure Transformation Award 2020.
The prestigious award was presented to the trained Economist popular addressed as Mr. Projects for completing several projects within his first term in office, shortly before the commissioning of two new landmark projects completed, the Olorunda Customary Court and the council’s Revenue Area Office in Iworo, Olorunda LCDA, Lagos on Thursday.
In his opening remark HRM, Oba Friday Kosoko, Ogundeyi II, Oniworo of Iworo-Awori kingdom, gave encomiums to the administration of Hon Olatunde for completing so many projects within the period in office.
The former Member House of Representatives and now traditional leader averred that “I have seen the numbers of projects completed by SAMOLA, and I also read platforms, less than four years in office SAMOLA has done very good” the eloquent monarch stated.
“He has done is best, others should also complement his effort to encourage him, he has shown leadership by example, all the staff should emulate his leadership style. He is the number one accounting officer of the council”.
“Having said that, the Customary court that we are here to commission and the revenue office, I could recall in 2018 when we started the police station people were very scared, saying we want people arrested, you don’t need to fear if you’re not a criminal. It’s all for the growth of the community. The Customary Court is not for animals but for those who break the law, is for sanity” he opined.
“Once again I want to appreciate the Chairman and the team working with him, we urged him to continue in this stride, his works are visible. I am happy today that I am here to be part of those who will commission the projects”
The Publisher/Editor of Lagos Panorama, ‘Tayo Aderinola who was at the event to present the Lagos Panorama SDG grassroots Award stated that the Editorial Board of the widely read sociopolitical magazine and online news platform in their effort to promote the universal Sustainable Development Goals”.
Aderinola averred that “the Editorial Board of Lagos Panorama in acknowledgment of the multi-faceted achievements of the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of Lagos State created in the year 2003 by the visionary leadership of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, decided to recognize and reward dedication and zeal by outstanding individuals and organizations in a series of awards to celebrate excellence by trailblazers in aspects of grass-root sustainable development”.
He noted that the intention of the National leader is demonstrated by the sustainable developmental projects embarked on since August 7th 2017 when Hon. Olatunde took the helm of affairs in Olorunda LCDA.
He described the council boss as “Hon Samson Olatunde is a resilient and persistent agent of sustainable development in Olorunda LCDA, hence, the decision of the Lagos Panorama Editorial Board consideration for the presentation of the Lagos Panorama SDG Distinguished Rural Infrastructure Transformation Award”.
Hon Olatunde was also presented with the 2019 Lagos Panorama SDG Grassroots award that was delayed by the workaholic council Chairman’s ever busy schedules before the lockdown last year.
While expressing sincere appreciation to Lagos Panorama for the awards presentation, he highlighted some of the projects that were recently commissioned by his administration with a promise to carry out more projects in the coming months.
On how he sourced for funds to execute the numerous projects despite the pandemic lockdown and likely low Internally Generated Revenue from a rural community of Olorunda LCDA, the Council Chairman alluded to the fact he had to be very prudent with funds of the council.
Olatunde stated “we cut down on our expenses by being very prudent with spending and blocking all financial loopholes so as to save money for projects. At a time my staff presented me with an award of ‘Value for Money’” he pointed at the frame presented to him.
Before the commissioning of the two new projects, the Council Chairman emphasized the need for everyone to protect themselves against the deadly coronavirus, by obeying government’s protocol to curb the pandemic. He appealed that every measure and precaution should be carefully observed and adhered to strictly.
The Customary Court was officially commissioned by HRM Oba Friday Kosoko, the Oniworo of Iworo, while the Area Office was commissioned by HRM Oba Abraham Ogabi, Oyikilu I, the Onimeke of Imeke-Awori kingdom.