Initiate poverty reduction programmes at grassroots, Sanwo-Olu tells LG, LCDA chairmen

August 5, 2021
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Lagos State governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, charged Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) chairmen in the state to create an economic agenda and come up with innovative programmes that would help to alleviate poverty amongst people at the grassroots.

Governor Sanwo-Olu gave this charge while speaking at a three-day induction, a retreat for the newly-elected chairmen of the 57 LGs/ LCDAs themed: “Engendering Peace, Security and Development at the Grassroots,” and organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs.

The governor, while urging the council bosses to think out of the box and create enabling environment for wealth creation among people at the grassroots, called for peace between them and the electorate, saying that it was only under a peaceful atmosphere that jobs can be created.

He emphasized that it was their responsibility to serve the people, adding: “You have to write your names in gold as you work with your people.”

Earlier, the Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr Wale Ahmed, congratulated the elected chairmen and lauded Governor Sanwo-Olu for graciously acceding to the actualisation of retreat, “to allow the chairmen add their collective contributions towards the actualisation of the THEMES Agenda, particularly at the grassroots.”

Ahmed said the theme of the event was carefully chosen to address some very important discourse, including: “Administrative Guidelines for Local Governments,” “Due Diligence on Project Procedure and Implementation in LGs/LCDAs on Chieftaincy Matters,” “Drainage, Waste Management and Sanitation as it relates to LGs and LCDAs, and “Effective Communication and Strategic Public Relations Skills.”

“Having just emerged as the choices of the electorates, this retreat underscores the need to ensure that Chairmen of the 57 LGs and LCDAs of our great state grasp policies that would help stimulate socio-economic development at the grassroots and also engender the dream of making Lagos a 21st Century Economy.

“While I totally agree that returning chairmen might be in tune with requisite skills for council administration, some of the new Honourable Chairmen would certainly appreciate this window of opportunity, to learn a thing or two about result-oriented Council administration, synonymous with Lagos State which has made us the envy and admiration of other states in the Federation.

“I want to commend Mr Governor, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, for graciously acceding to the actualisation of this well-timed retreat, to enable this august gathering to add their collective contributions towards the actualisation of the THEMES Agenda, particularly at the grassroots.

“There is no doubt, Mr Governor, that with this retreat and the implementation of the policies and ideas that will be discussed here, Lagos State will continue on the pathway of a progressive, notable and even development that will affect every fibre of the state,” the commissioner stated.

Speaking on behalf of his colleagues in the 57 council areas, Chairman, Bariga LCDA, Hon. Alabi Kolade David, promised that they would all perform creditably well and work to make the All Progressives Congress (APC) proud, saying it was about It’s all about collaboration and synergy between local government and all agencies of government.

“It’s all about collaboration and synergy between local government and all agencies of government. And of course, we will take a lot away from this and we are going to administer it at the LGAs,” the council boss said.

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