AYDAN President, Olawale Lateef Ogungbade
AYDAN President, Olawale Lateef Ogungbade

Some residents of Alimosho have blasted the president of Alimosho Youth Development Association of Nigeria (AYDAN), Comrade Olawale Lateef Ogungbade, on his open letter to the Chairman of Egbe Idimu local council development area on Sunday, November 3.

These attacks came in response to Ogungbade’s post on Facebook commending the Council Chairman, Hon. Kunle Sanyaolu Olowoopejo, for his “kind gesture” in fixing the roads in the area.

Quoting world-renowned Indian political ethicist, Mahatma Gandhi, Ogungbade wrote: “The prospect of finding and appreciating a charitable deed is gradually becoming alienated in our land, yet, it is the most magnificent exploits every man owes his fellow man.”

Praising Olowoopejo for fixing a bad portion of the LASU/Isheri Road in front of the council secretariat, the AYDAN President added: “It is simply because of this that I had to put this little piece together to appreciate your kind gesture.

“One will recall that for some month now, the frontage of the council (Isheri Roundabout) has remained impassable for motorists and pedestrians. Those who are familiar with that route would have known the agony that motorists have gone through. I can not count the number of times that palliative measures have been done on that same spot since you assumed the mantle of leadership of the LCDA ( Egbe Idimu)…”

But in a series of reactions, the residents stated that there was no kind gesture in the rehabilitation of roads by a person holding public office, as it was their responsibility.

“How is the rehabilitation of road by public officeholder, a kind gesture? It is the responsibility of public office holders to use public funds to solve public problem. (There’s) nothing like kind gesture.
“What is kind in discharging public service to the public that voted during election? Let us stop unnecessary praise-singing of public officeholders.
“For the council chairman to have done what is expected of him, it is a kudos to him and he will earn voters respect,” a resident, Adekunle Sijuade, said.
Akinbo Matthew, another resident, stated that the write-up was unnecessary as the state government also fixed the road last weekend.
“This write up is absolutely rubbish. The state government did the repair last weekend. Is it the previous one he did by using one bag of cement and two lorries of sand to do, that makes us spend 3 hours from Egbeda to Isheri, total rubbish,” Matthew said.