– We’ve lost the future in Ajegunle – Alhaji Adeniji
– There is no Rape case in Aiyetoro – Engr. Taiwo Adekoya, Bayefuwa CDA Chairman
– Yes there is; Aiyetoro has 3! – Pat Tekobo, S.A. WAPA
– Abusers are people that have gained our trust in the community and even in the family – Mr. Joseph, Director, Rhoda Havens
– Stakeholders at the Rhoda Havens maiden Town Hall meeting in AJIF LGA spoke strongly against child abuse, domestic violence, discrimination and stigmatization.


THE INAUGUARAL TOWN HALL MEETING of Rhoda Havens, a community based organization, which is working on a project that specializes on Orphans and vulnerable children, has revealed that over 4,000 adolescents are infected with the dreaded Human Immune Virus (HIV) in Ajegunle, Wednesday, May 30, 2018.

The NGO, whose project on orphans and vulnerable children will come to an end in 2019, being a 5 year project, is in partnership with Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH) in Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Area.

While delivering his opening speech, Mr. Joseph, Director of Rhoda Havens said it was important relevant stakeholders in the community partook in discussing some of the challenges faced by people in the community, and equally proffers solutions for these social anomalies.

“We are particularly gladdened by your presence, but we must put all hands on deck to discuss domestic issues and violence faced by children and other gender based challenges in the community,” he began with.

He assured the participants that the town hall meeting is expected to continue, considering the outcome of this inaugural discourse of the NGO with members of the community.

“Towards the end of this project in 2019, we shall have another town hall meeting to evaluate the project so far,” he added.

Topics for discussion were moderated by Mrs. Yemisi Olaitan, State Programme Adviser for ARFH (Lagos State), after she explained the purpose of the town hall meeting.

The case of child abuse heightened reactions of participants, after Chairman of Baiyefuwa Community Development Association (CDA) insisted that no rape case had been recorded in Aiyetoro. But his stance was disputed by Hon. Pat Tekobo, S.A on Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA).

“We have three cases of rape in Aiyetoro, and I have evidences to show,” she said. According to the bespectacled serial appointee in different administrations of AJIF LGA, she posited that the home constitute major bulk of child abuse. “We must find a way of disabusing the incidence of discrimination and stigmatization in Ajegunle,” she says.

Alhaji Yusuf Adeniji , former Supervisor for Health under Prince Rabiu Adio Oluwa, former Ajif Local Government Executive Chairman, was emotionally mystified by the data of children who are infected with HIV in Ajegunle. According to community leader whose one of his expertise is Forensic Accounting, expressed fear for the future of the younger generations. “We have lost hope in the future, and with the alarming figure of children with this infectious disease, what about others who refused to be accounted for?” he said emotionally.

In his words, “We may be packing dead bodies on the street in 10 years from now.”

Ba’ale Musibau Oluwa, Ba’ale of Alakoto settlement was of the view that African culture and fear of stigmatization have contributed to cases of rape and other domestic violence, not seeing the light of the day.

“We know what we are facing as Ba’ales, and once families of people that have been abused in the community began to plead before you and you prove otherwise, they see you as a common enemy.” He said.

Representative of the Executive Chairman, Hon. Fatai Adekunle Ayoola, Chief of Staff, Mr. Lucky Uduikhue, said the government have been supporting projects of Rhoda Havens, and that that Hon. Ayoola administration will do more in the area of training and re-training for victims and other youths that are part of Rhoda Havens project.

Among other topics discussed include: school attendance and retention, parenting skills, prevention of stigma and discrimination, community ownership and sustainability, gender norms, GBV/HIV prevention, including women and girls.



Summary The need for Ajegunle stakeholders to come together and fight domestic abuse, child abuse and stigmatisation.

Health Review in Ajegunle

About The Author

Fakunle Sheriff

Fakunle Sheriff Ekundayo is the editor at Project 3:16 Metro, an online news platform for rural and urban areas. He is also the Principal Partner and Editor-in-Chief at Project 3:16 metro Newspaper. Being an author of the yet to be published novel; ‘Gossips’, he has been a facilitator at National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Apapa Special Study Centre, where he introduced undergraduates from the Department of Mass-Communication into the practical aspect of Basic Journalism. He has in recent times, accepted undergraduates of Mass-Communication, NOUN, to observe their Industrial Attachments at Project 3:16 Metro. The need to get his community involved in grassroots journalism endeared him to taking up the role as the Head of Mass-Communication Department, Olabisi Onabanjo University (Distance Learning, Ajegunle). His youth advocacy and academic drive has made him discover the need to bridge the gap between youths, communities and their government representatives through his journal; Project 3:16 Metro. This he has also modified with the company’s website page, Fakunle Sheriff Ekundayo has written several handbooks for secondary schools, such as effective communication skills for Junior and Senior secondary schools. Story books such as ‘Omar and the Missing School Uniform’ (Specifically motivated by his experience at First Islamic English Education Foundation (FIEF) Okota- Lagos) and ‘Mr. Fakunle and the Busy Bees’ (Specifically influenced by his experiences at Givic College and Lin-Daves Secondary School, Ajegunle). Now, he is writing his second novel titled, ‘Withered Roses and Bruised Thorns’. A man who has taken advantage of Ajegunle as a case study for his ‘authored’ narratives and ‘speaking’ oratorical skills, he has sworn to advocate, orientate and develop communities through practical talents monitoring and developmental programmes, as well as engage the ‘under-served’ teenagers in the slum on ‘Effective Reading Skills and Practical Talent Discovery and Development’. He has so far launched Project Save Ajegunle Youths (PSAY), Leaders Arise Network (LAN), and Read For Freedom (RFF) to manifest his communal desires. As part of his efforts to promoting youth development in the rural and urban areas, academically and professionally, Sheriff has introduced free communication class for any undergraduates from Department of English Language and Mass-Communication in Nigerian tertiary institutions. He also organises free English class for JAMB, WAEC and GCE students in the grassroots, under Project Save Ajegunle Youths (PSAY) initiative. Fakunle Sheriff Ekundayo has risen to the post of General Secretary at the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Chapter. He is also the General Secretary of Aiyetoro Community 1, Aiyetoro- Apapa Lagos. Fakunle Sheriff Ekundayo was also Member of Parliament, 2nd Lagos State Youth Parliament, Lagos State House of Assembly (old hollow chamber), Alausa-Ikeja, where he represented Ajeromi-Ifelodun Constituency 2, from 2013 to 2015. He is now the Chief Press Secretary to the Executive Chairman of Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government, Hon. Fatai Adekunle Ayoola. Fakunle Sheriff Ekundayo is married to Bukola with two kids, Jamal and Fauziyyah.

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