It is an indisputable fact which will remain on the wall for the posterity to ponder about the daughter of an elder statesman in Ikorodu Politics, Chief Akibu A. Adewunmi, who was a former Chairman of Ikorodu Local Government, Alhaja Mrs Shukurat Okeowo, nee Adewumi, who has proven to be a proud daughter of her father due to her leadership roles in various capacities. She had been privileged to serve as former Councillor in 2008 and presently the Sole Administrator of Ikorodu North LCDA with laudable achievements.
In this regards, Igbogbo/Baiyeku Info Magazine deemed it fit to engage Alhaja Shukurat in an interview session to ascertain how she surmounted the inept within the system which eventually gave her landslide victory in the LCDA. The interview session goes thus:
Question: My name is Shakiru Seidu, the Publisher of Igbogbo/Baiyeku Info Magazine. Can you tell us briefly about yourself ma?
Answer: My name is Alhaja Sukurat Adewumi-Okeowo, the Sole Administrator of Ikorodu North LCDA, Lagos State.
Question: Madam, almost twelve months in office, how have you been finding it so easy to surmount your challenges in the LCDA?
Answer: With all sincerity, the IGR of my LCDA was nothing to write home about at my inception. However, I appreciate our able Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who has been very supportive and proactive in ensuring that the LCDA is self sustaining. He has bolstered us in various capacities to ensure that we are not lacking behind in anything.
Question: That will take me to the next question Madam. What can you point to that are your achievements since your inception as the sole administrator?
Answer: I give all glory and credit to God Almighty who has been sustaining me and the audacious team work force who have been consistently consistent in the discharge of their duty. So far, we were able to achieve the following:
1. We gave 100 bags of Cement to Agbede Transformer.
2. Provision of 3 tonnes of granite and 10 bags of cement.
3. Excavation of both side of Maya and at the same time grading of 3.2km road.
4. Fueling and lighting of Jimoh street opposite Lucky Fibre.
5. Grading of Erunwen, Parafa and Akanu roads.
6. Renovation of Head Quarters Windows from old glass to Aluminium windows.
7. Donation of N200,000 to Maya Joint CDA.
8. Bore-Hole to federal low cost Housing Estate.
9. Staff Office at Odo Nla ( Renovation)
10. Donation of Hospital equipment to Odo Nla and Health centres.
11. 30 tonnes of Granite at the Entrance of the Head Quarters, Isiu.
12. Five GCE forms and five JAMB forms.
13. Purchase of Council Bus
14. Lasunwon Lanbo 30 tonnes and 10 bags of cement. Donation.
15. Jimoh Street and Sabo Bypass road was done among others.
Question: You have no doubt done well within the shortest period. Ma, recently, Ikorodu Division was visited by a dreaded cult group which goes by the name Badoo, threatening the lives of the residents. What is your opinion about the scourge ma?
Answer: The menace originated from Ibeshe town of which many of us didn't view it as something to be taken serious due to the non-challant attitudes of some of us and the security operatives until in the recent time that the menace began to spread like fire across the entire Ikorodu Division. The havoc caused by this dreaded group became alarming when its got to Itamaga, Isiu, Maya, Parafa and the fresh one at Odogunyan where a family of 6 was wiped out while living a survivor in a coma.
However, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has been working Assiduously to curb the menace. He has charged all the traditional rulers to make use of the inherited power from their forefathers and not to leave any stone unturned.
Moreover, other security agencies such as the Police, Soldiers, local Vigilantes and others, have formed a joint task force to clamp down on the perpetrators of the dastard acts of wiping away families in a gruesome manner. The incident has indeed awaken every resident to be more vigilant as everyone is holding vigils coupled with prayers from different arenas.
Question: O ga oo! Anyway, what have you been able to do to involve the Royal fathers in the fight against the menace of Badoo in Ikorodu Division?
Answer: Thank you very much! All the traditional rulers are really not happy about the menace and they have been conducting series of ritual rites to fish out the Badoo cult group. Of a truth, their fighting spirit is really yielding positive result because several arrest have been made and further investigation is ongoing. They are determined to put an end to the menace as they vowed not to leave any stone unturned.
Question: That's good to hear. I thank you very much ma for your precious time. On the final note madam, July 22nd, the LASIEC will be conducting Local government election, how prepared are you and your Party to face the challenge?
Answer: The leadership of APC is putting up all the necessary machineries in place to ensure the landslide victory of APC at every corner.
Shakiru Seidu: Thank you very much madam for sharing your time with us.
Answer: You are highly welcome Mr Shakiru Seidu. Your media outlet is doing a great job. I must confess that Ikorodu Division is proud of you. Keep up the good work!
Shakiru Seidu: Thank you ma