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Rasaq Ajala, Setting The Pace In Grassroots Governance in Nigeria***by Tunde Ogunmola – Naijanewsdirect

  Local government is popularly referred to as grassroots government. It is commonly known as the closest government to the people. Viewed from this perspective, local government is a concrete reality to the people not an abstract entity that is detached from them. In view of this, it’s a government that should be able to feel, understand and respond to the needs and expectations of the people under its watch. In the contemporary Nigerian society, not only are the needs and expectations of people at the grassroots are not met, there’s also a sharp disconnect between the local people and many local government administrators in terms of accessibility, policy formulation and provision of services. However, in spite of these identified surmountable challenges, it is definitely not out of place to see some local government administrators in Nigeria who are models for their colleagues and have continued to exhibit good leadership traits and hearken to the yearnings of their people by providing dividends of democracy. One of such local government administrators whose encompassing style of grassroots governance has continually engender him to the people of his community is Hon. Rasaq Olusola Ajala, the Chairman of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area. Hon. Ajala’s ascension to the exalted seat of Odi-Olowo /Ojuwoye LCDA, in Mushin area of Lagos state, has brought integrated development to the highly industrialized council. He’s currently spending his second term in office as the Chairman of the Council. Broadly speaking, there are two functions that local governments perform. The first group of functions are those enshrined in the Fourth Schedule of the 1999 Constitution. The second group of functions are those that can aptly be described as civic and agency functions. These functions are: provision and maintenance of healthcare services, minor maintenance of state and federal roads, civic mobilization and sensitization etc. Talking about minor

Why Mock Examination Is Conducted To Determine Beneficiaries Of Our Free GCE Forms, Says Hon. Rasaq Ajala – Naijanewsdirect

  The Executive Chairman of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA, Hon. Rasaq Olusola Ajala has revealed reasons his administration choose to tread the path of conducting mock examination to determine the beneficiaries of free GCE forms. In a speech delivered by Hon. Ajala, at the official distribution of the free GCE forms to indigent students of the council today, October 27, 2021, the Chairman said, "our reason for walking this path of conducting qualifying exams as against ‘Conventional Way Of Doing It’ was due to the report of the study carried out by a renowned study group that showed clearly that many of the beneficiaries never took the gesture seriously because they got it on a silver platter, while the cumulative results of those beneficiaries were poor and mass failure, while the real indigent and intelligent students never benefited." Below is the full speech: It gladdens me to welcome you all to this auspicious occasion which is aimed at changing the narrative in our educational history as a community. I am delighted by the bold steps taken by our team in promoting quality education, recognizing excellence above mediocrity and ensuring common benefits for all, irrespective of tribe, religion and status. I make bold to assert affirmatively that education is the only everlasting legacy that can be bequeathed to the young generation. Education guarantees economic development. In this contemporary world where knowledge remains a factor that determines the position of a nation on the global map, and as a government at the grassroots level, we have a responsibility to institutionalizing a system that makes our youth employable in the highly competitive labour market. Our re-election is a renewed mandate given to us as a new covenant to do more. I know we are all concerned about the quality of education in this country and want the best for our children. The success or otherwise

Rasaq Ajala Blazes A Trail In Youths Empowerment As Winners Emerge In 1st Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Talent Hunt, Walk Home With NMillions- Naijanewsdirect

  It was indeed a wonderful display of talents, potentials and craft abilities at the just-concluded maiden edition of Odi-Olowo Talent Hunt. The programme which was aimed at discovering talents and empowering the youths of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye Local Council Development Area was first of its kind in the entire 20 Local Government and 37 Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State. After weeks of competition, winners emerged in the talent hunt organized by the Executive Chairman of Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye LCDA, Hon. Rasaq Olusola Ajala. The categories where contestants keenly contested for honours were: music & dance, essay writing, art & crafts, cooking; business, entrepreneurial, and innovations. The grand finale of the event which took place on 2nd February, 2021, at Darlington Hall, Ilupeju, Lagos, saw winners beaming with joy as they walked home with cash prizes. Below are pictures from the epoch-making event: Left-Right: Aare Shina Akanni, Barrister Yahya Ismail, Hon. Rasaq Ajala, Alhaji Sulaimon Adio Atawewe and Mr Segun Osundairo aka Shegosh