By Yemi Adeleye
Lagos – Chief Kayode Bamidele, Chairman, Makoko Community Development Association (CDA) in Lagos, on Tuesday pleaded with Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to provide the community with healthcare centres and secondary schools.
Bamidele made the plea at a news conference in Lagos as part of the programmes to commemorate 2017 Makoko Community Day.
According to him, as big as the community is, there is no healthcare centre and secondary school for the residents.
“The state government’s giant stride at moving the state forward should be extended to our multi-cultural community.
“While appreciating our state and local governments, we are still calling on the authorities to provide our community with healthcare centres and secondary schools.
“We are also calling on our amiable governor for the construction of the bridge that links Adam Manuel Street in Makoko with Ishola Street at Alagomeji.
“We pray the government will come to our aid without delay for the good of the residents,” he said.
The community leader, who noted that children trekked a long distance to access secondary school education in neighbouring communities, said that such was not good for the safety of the students.
Bamidele also said that the community needed urgent help from the government to clear and dredge canals as the rainy season becomes intense.
He said that the poor condition of canals had been a threat to the community, health of residents and road infrastructure.
Bamidele, who is also the Organising Chairman of the Makoko Day committee, said that community leaders had achieved so much in regenerating Makoko for greatness by cementing love and unity among residents.
According to him, community youths are engaged on self-reliance, to erase the bad impression about the community as a ‘`trouble zone.’’
“Our vision is to reposition and re-engineer Makoko Community for collective and individual development. We will continue to pursue this to logical conclusion.
“Our community is free of violence. Our philosophy is now `No more war, but one mind and one love’.
“There is no major disagreement among all tribes. We live together as one family; no tribal, political or religious war in the community,” he said.
Makoko is predominantly a fishing community in the state with diverse ethnic groups -Yoruba, Hausa, Egun, Ijaw, Igbo and others.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the annual Makoko Day started in 2016 to showcase the community’s diverse cultural heritage.
Events such as charity works, football match, healthcare, rally, environmental sanitation, seminars, marathon race and beauty contest, among others, are to take place from April 10 to April 16 to mark this year’s celebration.