Mr Oluwarotimi Abayomi Okenla,  the Chairmanship Candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Ijebu Ode in the forthcoming local government elections has reiterated his commitment to work with everyone, irrespective of party affiliation, towards the development of the council area. 

Okenla, who stated this during campaign in Ijebu Ode on Thursday,  said if elected, he would take the local government area to an enviable height through massive developmental projects. 

The chairmanship candidate who hinted that the court has just vindicated him as the PDP candidate for the elections in Ijebu Ode,  said his government  would be an issue-based one that would address the key issues that mostly affect Ijebu-Ode.

Okenla listed his seven point agenda to include, security, trading and agro business support,  youth development, involvement of Regberegbe, free medical check up for the elderly,  women support and development and a listening administration. 

"The most pressing issue in Ijebu-Ode at the moment is that of awful security level with rampant cases of kidnapping. This has seriously affected the socio-economic activities of our dear homeland and scared many sons and daughters of Ijebuland away from the township. 

"Whilst I do not assume tackling this will be easy, I strongly believe that it is possible to nip this in the bud. It is my view and belief that the best and fastest way to stop the cases of kidnapping is via COMMUNITY BASED VIGILANTISM strategies. 

"We will all remember that in the 90s when Ijebu-Ode was faced with serious cases of robberies, this same strategy where the communities formed vigilante groups and secured lives and properties then proved to be of enormous effectiveness. 

"It is the plan of the Rotimi Okenla led PDP government in Ijebu-Ode Local Government to revive the Vigilante Groups that will work both day and night in conjunction with police and civil defence to root out the activities of kidnappers and criminally minded herdsmen. I am unrepentant that our survival, as Ijebu people, lies in our own hands and we cannot wait for Abeokuta and Abuja to watch over our town for us," he said. 

"I believe that our youth have been badly neglected in recent years and the effect of that neglect has further damaged the socio-economic fabric of Ijebu-Ode and environs. It is my plan to establish YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTRES in each of the three quarters of Ijebu-Ode (Porogun, Iwade and Ijasi) as well as one in District where children and young adults between the ages of 8 to 18 will receive leadership, crafts and business trainings and mentorship.

" I will also work with the OLORITUNS to select one  ITUN YOUTH COORDINATOR for each of the  twenty five (25) Itun in Ijebu-Ode and that of DISTRICT  to manage the activities of the Youth Centres. I strongly believe that our success lies in the involvement of our pre-existing community structure. 

" I have already secured the commitment of a major medical charity organisation and another NGO on free medical outreach .  They shall give one hundred (100) slots of free medical check-up within the first year of our administration. 

"I am also currently working in partnership with a group of Ijebu sons and daughters in diaspora to provide a sizeable number of free glasses for the elderly within Ijebu-Ode Local Government area," he said. 

Okenla explained that his government would leave no stone unturned to involve many more corporate organisations, charities and NGOs to increase the current one hundred (100) slots to much larger number.

"I am a strong believer in the adage that says 'If you empower the women, you empower the country'. As your local government chairman, I will establish a program that will provide small lending to women that are already engaged in various small and cottage businesses, we shall work in partnership with notable Microfinance banks in realising this program. 

"The success of any government depends on feeling the pulse of the community  and this shall be achieved by regularly listening to all the stakeholders in the community. 

"I hereby promise that if elected into office, my government will be a listening government. I will create monthly town hall meetings which will be held from ward to ward to provide  opportunities to know the issues that are confronting or agitating People's minds, get advice from the people and collect feedback on activities of the local government," he said.