The Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, has stated that the successes attained by the Sanwo-Olu Administration, in the last one year, was partly expedited through enhanced connection with the grassroots.
He said the roles played by the various communities in the State in the implementation of developmental projects across the Local Government Area (LGAs) and Local Council Developmental Areas (LCDAs) contributed considerably to the accomplishments of government’s programmes and projects in different parts of the State.
The Commissioner, who described a hostile community as a bane of development, acknowledged the support received by members of Community Development Associations (CDAs) and Community Advisory Council (CAC) in the success story of the current administration.
Dr. Ahmed made this disclosure while giving the score-card of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs at a Ministerial Press Briefing in commemoration of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s one year in office at the JJT Park, Alausa, Ikeja.
Ahmed said the achievements recorded by his Ministry, in the period under review, were made possible as a result of the goodwill it enjoys at the grassroots.
He said: “Our relationship with the various communities has been mutual because we have always adopted a “round-table” approach in disseminating the policies and programmes of Mr. Governor, and this has aided in aligning LGs, LCDAs, traditional rulers and other crucial stakeholders at the grassroots with the policy direction of the present administration”.
“With the efforts of the LGAs and LCDAs, feeder roads, Primary Healthcare Centres (PHCs) and schools have been constructed for the benefit of these communities. This relationship has made seamless grassroots governance achievable, especially as it relates to ongoing projects across the 57 LGs and LCDAs.”
The Commissioner also added that the bond the State enjoys with citizens at the local level also encourages community development and communal efforts, saying most of the CDAs are embarking on various self-help projects that have improved infrastructural developments in the State.
“In the course of the past 365 days, Mr. Governor has equally acknowledged and appreciated efforts of these communities with the Annual Community Day celebration. Major highlight of the event was the giving of star prizes of three 18-seater buses to three outstanding CDAs for initiating self-help projects and N500,000 consolation prizes each for 10 other CDAs”, he said.
Ahmed recalled that the mutual relationship established with relevant stakeholders such as the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, COWLSO as well as Market Board Leaders, equally helped improve sanitation in the various markets across the State.
Assuring Lagosians on the resolve of the Sanwo-Olu Administration to continue to improve the lots of the people, the Commissioner urged all residents to sustain their support for the government in order to achieve more in the next one year.