Ikorodu federal lawmaker, Hon. Babajimi Benson MHR has revealed that returning to the House of Representatives for 3rd term will spawn more infrastructural work for his constituents in Ikorodu division.
Rep. Benson in a recent media parley with Ikorodu Media Forum (IMF), rationalised that the best way to promote Ikorodu as the 3rd vastest in southwest and 12th largest city in Nigeria is to refine its infrastructure strength and make the waterbed region accessible for further expansion.
Speaking to the league of journalists at his constituency office on the 20th of February 2023, the National Legislator clarified that winning the house of representatives seat for the 3rd term will garner him more wealth of experience, fortify efforts and intensify his overall performance.
As stated by Rep. Benson, “There are a lot of things I desire to accomplish if am re-elected because the scope of my job and the volume of Ikorodu division is up there to match any visionary antecedent”.
“We also have brilliant minds within our confines, which has equally stretched my working breadth into micro and macro scale”.
“Going back to the green chamber, it will be about more infrastructural undertakings even in my first year because I won’t be waiting till May to kick off from where we’re currently”.
“We’ve already surveyed 6 roads in Ikorodu to work on which I won’t mention their names at the moment” Rep. Benson noted.
Touching on his special status bill for Lagos State, Rep. Benson explains, “The bill will be perfected and nudged forward because it has a lot of significance to put into the growth of the state and Nigeria as a Nation”.
“Lagos presently can be described as the New York of America, as it stands today is already the envy of all states in Nigeria”.
“Thus, laying the special status bill forward, presented quite a middle gauge acceptance. But we yearn to increase its value-base for states to put interest in”.
“We generate 50 billion naira per month on IGR as a state, we have our airport, seaport, refineries and other thriving sectors, pushing the special status bill is quite intimidating to others”.
“So, what am doing now on that is establishing some modifications in place to make the bill attract growth that will appeal to other states and favour them as well”.
“By the time we get the bill more enriched, it will return to the house and am positive to get the right backings,” Rep Benson said.
Relating his concerns to IMF on some residents, complaining about not gaining from his accomplishments, Rep. Benson told the fourth estate of the realm that though he plans to expand his reach and cover more areas, he stressed that Ikorodu division with a thousand CDAs cannot be compared to other regions with just hundreds.
“I’ve been to a constituency in Lagos with just 100 CDAs, and their roads are all tarred. In Ikorodu it’s difficult because everybody needs development”.
He explained that with LG/LCDAs not getting the adequate funding it needs to cater for communities, it has tied down progressive development from beholding.
“Some of these LGs/LCDAs with better infrastructure in place still get better allocation than Ikorodu that’s trying to build up its standards”.
“Most of the roads you see us working on are either state roads or local government roads. Normally, it’s not in our jurisdiction to step on such projects, but we have to do it in the interest of our people”.
“And don’t forget, when we keep going out of our way to execute projects that are not supposed to be on our radar, the larger goal focus becomes underachieved” Rep. Benson pointed out.
“In a nutshell, there is injustice in the funding formula, and there is a need for us to come back to the drawing chart and find a way to remedy this challenge to speed up our growth process at the grassroots level”.
“With that said, for me? We’ll continue to try our best to meet the needs of the good people in the Ikorodu division” he said
When asked about launching another unique project from his stable, Rep. Benson affirmed that he intends to follow up on the foundation he already laid, asserting that some projects typically executed by his iCare foundation were halted due to scale and consistent tendencies.
In the forthcoming elections, Rep. Benson weighed in confidently, declaring a landslide victory for the All Progressive Congress (APC) party.
According to him, the ongoing naira scarcity crisis will not in any way hinder the victory of the ruling party at all quotas.
“From all indications, we have done our job in taking the message and awareness to all our party faithfuls, and they’ve demonstrated their readiness to come out massively to vote for all our party’s candidates from top to bottom”.
“The All Progressive Congress is positioned to gain a landslide victory on every corner because what we’ve accomplished gave not only passionate voters but also canvassers”.
“By the special grace of God, come the 25th of February, we’re certain to have a new incoming president in the person of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu”.
“In Lagos State, everyone knows it’s going to be a hands-down submission defeat in favour of Mr Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, who’ll be re-elected once again as executive governor come March 11th.
“Our Lagos East doing good senator, Adetokunbo Mukahil Abiru and my humble self are also cast to attain a wide-margin victory against our opponents, not to forget the two new postal faces for Ikorodu constituency 1/2, Hon. Gbolahan Ogunleye (OGA) and Hon. Abiodun Moshood Aro (AMA), we’re sure of victory all the way” Rep. Benson asserted