By Samuel Onyekwere
As preparation for the local government election gears up, the flag bearer for All Progressive Congress (APC) for Lagos Island Local Council, Prince Adewale Taorid Ojora, has committed to restoring the lost glory of council and protect the interests of its people and businesses if elected into office.
The former Chief Executive Officer of Lagos State Law Enforcement Training Institute echoed his hopes and aspirations for the people of Lagos Island, and assured the electorates of his commitment to returning and securing the future of one of the most prosperous cities in Nigeria.
Prince Ojora’s dreams for Lagos Island Local Council are encapsulated in his manifesto, where he highlighted his seven point agenda specifically aimed at reviving the infrastructural decay in Lagos Island and improving the socio- economic and political situation of his constituents. His economic growth agenda, which would in turn flow into other sectors of the society, is centered on establishing strategic collaborations with stakeholders in the private sector.
These collaborations would explore all areas of development and would
culminate in mutually beneficial development administration that
serves the corporate community and Islanders in general.
One of the key stakeholders present at the rally, Alhaji Farouk Salawe, said: “As a true son of Lagos, I have no doubts
of Ojora’s abilities to mend the previously broken relationship
between the people and the government. It is clear that Prince Ojora
is truly committed to achieving the vision of a prosperous Island and
I believe that he is long overdue for this position.”
As an indigene of Lagos Island, his deep connection to his community
forms the basis of his political aspirations.
Born into the royal family of Prince Abdulazeez Ojora, he spent a significant amount of time in Lagos; from attending Olowogbowo Methodist Primary school, to Lagos Baptist Academy, where he obtained his school certificate; and then to the University of Lagos where he got his first degree in Industrial Chemistry and Masters in Chemical Engineering.
Prince Adewale’s active participation in politics proves that public office is not a feat too far from him. At the outset of the fourth republic, he was registered as a member of Alliance for Democracy (AD), where he contested for the Lagos House of Assembly Lagos Island Constituency 1 in 2003.
He was appointed the Supervisor for Works, Housing, Infrastructure and Transport in Lagos Island Local Government between April 2004 and August 2006 and later
re-appointed as the Secretary to the local government in August 2006 to March 2007.
Prince Adewale Ojora contested the Chairmanship position of Lagos
Island local government, Ifelodun LCDA and Lagos Island Local Government in 2008, 2011 and 2017 respectively. He was a foundation member of Action Congress (AC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and now All Progressives Congress (APC), Lagos State.