Rural communities in Oyo state not feeling impacts of governance – the Ikereku case study


Although politicians bombard us with digital advertisements and catchy radio and TV campaigns in the cities, the best place to know whether the government is doing much for the citizens is at the grassroots level. In this part of the world, the grassroots are highly neglected although they are where much impact is needed. Ikereku community located along Oyo road is one of such.

I visited the place recently on the invitation of a friend of mine, Osunbunmi Ayokunumi who is a native of Ikereku and has developmental with political ambitions. He put together a medical outreach to offer residents of the community and scores of surrounding villages with free medical services including deworming exercise for children, dental surgeries and free drugs.

Outside the medical outreach, I took a brief tour of the community and spoke to a cross section of residents. I found out that even though the under-functioning primary healthcare center was the only noticeable government’s presence in the community, the residents are strongly political and spiritual.

There are political stalwarts belonging to PDP and APC, some members of Labour Party are also in the community. Religion-wise, popular churches including the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry (MFM), Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), New Covenant Church and several where-two-or-three-are-gathered churches are in the area.

The only government-owned school in the area has empty classrooms and in a poor state and I couldn’t stop asking why is the government not fully serving citizens in rural areas? No matter where you reside, all you have a vote each.

Check out some pictures taken during the trip below.


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