Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday inaugurated a drug rehabilitation and Skill Acquisition Centre in Ajah area of the state, saying that the project would benefit Lagosians, especially the immediate community.
Ambode while unveiling the centre, built by Senator representing Lagos Central District, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu and named after Chief Tajudeen Olusi, commended Tinubu for devoting constituency funds to life-changing projects.
According to him, the facility remains one of her legacy projects and despite the challenges encountered in the course of the project which began in 2012, she persevered to ensure that it became a reality.
Ambode also commended her style of leadership, saying that she was the only Senator that remained consistent with holding quarterly town hall meetings with constituents and utilising funds for the benefits of her people.
He noted that the centre remained one of the legacy projects that would outlive her.
“Of all the constituency projects that you have initiated and completed, this one is special in the sense that you have once again challenged the government in the area of taking care of the needy.
“We all know what taking care of the needy entails, especially for a drug rehabilitation centre of this magnitude that has been put in place here for us to take care of those ones who are on the streets without help.
“In addition to this drug rehab centre, there is a skill acquisition centre to complement the need of whoever we are able to rehabilitate and empower them to become relevant in the community,” Ambode said.
He assured that the facility, which would be managed by the State Government, would be given top most priority.
He directed the Ministries of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation as well as Youth and Social Development to ensure that the two facilities become fully operational before May 29.
He also charged residents to come out en masse and vote for the Presidential candidate of the APC and other candidates of the party for the National Assembly elections coming up on Feb. 16.
The governor said it was important for APC candidates to emerge victorious in Saturday’s polls, saying that it would enable them to continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to their constituents.
“Come Saturday, I urge all our supporters and party faithful to go all out and reward this good gesture by voting APC from top to bottom.
“So we will vote APC for Presidency, APC for Senate, APC for House of Representatives and also on March 2, we will vote APC for Governorship and House of Assembly candidates,” Ambode said.
He particularly urged the people from Lagos Central Senatorial district to vote massively for Tinubu, saying that she had proven to be a worthy representative of the district by delivering impactful projects to the people.
Earlier in her welcome address, Sen.Tinubu commended Gov.Ambode for his maturity and peaceful disposition, saying that posterity would judge him right.
She said the project was facilitated through her 2012 Constituency intervention project to address the menace and devastating consequence that drug abuse portends on the youths.
She expressed optimism that the centre would help to reverse the statistics that show that 40 per cent of Nigerian youths indulge in the use of recreational drugs including marijuana, codeine, among others.
Also speaking, APC leader in Lagos Central Senatorial District, Olusi, who was named after the project, thanked Tinubu for the kind gesture, saying it was a special honour for him to be so recognised.
“I am very grateful for this project to be dedicated to me, it’s a thing of joy.
“I thank Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, she has shown that she has the requisite qualification and suitability to undertake this job because some are educated but are not suitable,” Olusi said.
By our reporter