Reflections on the Selection of the Next Local Government Chairman for Ado-Odo/Ota, Ogun State | By OYEDE Saheed

Our eyes are on the APC Apex body, and we trust they will rise to the occasion. What we will document about them tomorrow depends on what they do today

Sherif Musa, current Chairman, Ado-Odo/Ota local government

In considering the appointment of the next Chairman for Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government, it is imperative that the APC Apex Leaders make a well-informed decision grounded in several key criteria. Whoever they eventually settle for must exhibit not only competence and capacity but also a profound understanding of our community and the myriad of challenges we face.

A primary issue that demands immediate and effective resolution is waste management. Our Local Government area has regrettably earned the reputation of being the “capital city of dirtiness.” This situation must be addressed with practical, convincing solutions that demonstrate a commitment to improving our environment.

We cannot ignore the fact that our Local Government is severely affected by poor waste management practices, and it is crucial that the next Chairman has the capacity and courage to prioritize and handle this issue. I am sure that our APEX Leaders too are not proud to be leaders over the “city of dirtiness”.


Additionally, the composition of Councilors, Supervisors, Special Advisers, Consultants, and other appointees warrants careful scrutiny. The time has come to move beyond a gerontocratic system— a system dominated by elderly politicians who treat the Local Government as either a retirement home or a place for overaged experimentation. Instead, we need dynamic, younger leaders who can bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to the table.

The interests of older politicians can be managed in alternative ways that do not involve forcing them into roles such as Councilors or Supervisors. We will put our leaders in prayers for God to touch their minds and not insist on foisting very old people on us as Councilors, Supervisors, Special Advisers, etc.

Ado-Odo/Ota is a cosmopolitan area, and as such, it requires leadership that reflects its diversity and vibrancy. The APC apex body in our local government must recognize this and ensure that their decisions align with the aspirations of our community.

Conclusively, the future of Ado-Odo/Ota rests on the decisions made by our leaders today and all eyes are on them. It is crucial that our political leaders choose wisely, prioritizing competence, understanding of local issues, and a forward-thinking approach to governance. Our eyes are on the APC Apex body, and we trust they will rise to the occasion. What we will document about them tomorrow depends on what they do today.

God bless the leaders.

By OYEDE Saheed, PhD
a.k.a Prince Humanbeing
Ota, Ogun State.