Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has tasked members of the over 3,900 communities in Lagos State to monitor every state project embarked upon in their various communities.
He gave this charge at the 2019 Community Day Celebration held at Police College Parade Ground, Ikeja, Lagos.
The event which was themed, “Revisiting Rural Communities for 21st Century Development” had in attendance over 3,900 CDAs in Lagos State, and was organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs.
In his speech, Governor Sanwo-Olu reiterated the importance of the communities to governance, adding that they are the actual owners of all government projects and interventions in their respective domains, hence the need for them to monitor and protect these projects.
“Everything we are putting in place to make Lagos a 21st Century Economy is for the community and that is why communities must monitor state projects around them to ensure that these projects meet the required standards”, he said.
While commending the CDAs for being worthy developmental partners with the state government, the governor admonished them not to rest on their oars.
He disclosed that councillors have been directed to submit reports on projects that the state government can embark on in their communities. He assured that work will commence on these projects once the State House of Assembly approves the 2020 budget.
He reiterated the commitment of the state government to complete all ongoing projects across the state. While adding that his government is poised to ensure a better life for all residents, the governor called on Lagosians to be law abiding.
Overwhelmed at the large turn-out of communities at the event, Mr Governor commended the effort of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs and her team, stating that the ministry is truly interested in taking governance to the grassroots.
While delivering her speech, Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs; Hon. Yetunde Arobieke thanked Governor Sanwo-Olu for the support and encouragement he gave the Ministry, the CDAs and CDCs.
“The support the governor has given to this event is, no doubt, a reflection of his love for the 3,900 CDAs in Lagos State”, he said.
Arobieke also appreciated all the Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas for constantly supporting CDAs and CDCs cross the state.
She enjoined them to work hard “to further consolidate this progressive synergy for the good of our dear state”.
The event climaxed with the presentation of star prizes of three brand new buses to three CDAs adjudged to be the best in the state. These are Progressive Estate CDA (Overall Best), Lekki CDA (First Runners up) and Idowu Dabiri CDA (Second Runners up).
The sum of N500, 000 was also given as consolation prizes for 10 other CDAs.
Present at the event were the wife of Mr Governor, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu; the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Oluremi Hamzat; representative of the Oba of Lagos, Oba Riliwan Akiolu; Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Adewale Shotobi and other royal fathers.