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Ambode Gives N5m Grant To 275 Lagos Communities To Complete Projects

Posted by on July 7th, 2018

 

 

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode
on Thursday doled out N500million as grant
to 275 Community Development Associations
(CDAs) to enable them complete their
ongoing self help projects.
Governor Ambode, who presented the grant to
the CDAs at De Blue Roof, LTV, Agidingbi,
said it was not in doubt that the various self
help projects, ranging from community halls,
street light, transformers, police post,
drainage and health centres by these
communities were complementing the efforts
of the State and Local Government to
engender growth and development.
He said his administration was totally
committed to supporting CDAs in the initiation
and implementation of community based
development projects, adding that apart from
being in line with his administration’s policy of
inclusive governance, such approach would
guarantee ownership of such projects by the
communities.
“These projects have contributed immensely
to make our communities to be more liveable
for residents. I must commend all of you for
the various projects you have initiated and
funded from your voluntary levies and
donations by members.
“I thank all of you for appreciating the fact
that voluntary community effort is required to
facilitate growth and development,” Governor
Ambode said.
He said the decision to aid the CDAs with
grant was based on the report gathered from
monitoring of some of the ongoing community
projects, which showed that some of the
projects were on the verge of being
abandoned due to paucity of funds, noting
that the gesture was therefore compelling.
“Today’s occasion is historic; we are
presenting financial support of N500million
Grant to 275 Community Development
Associations to enable them complete their
various self-help projects which had been
executed to an appreciable level. Let me
emphasise that this will be a continuous
exercise. Other deserving Community
Development Associations will also be
considered in the next phase of this
presentation,” the Governor said.
Alluding to the fact that the gesture was the
first of its kind in the State, Governor Ambode
said that beyond the 275 projects being
supported, all the divisions of the State have
been covered.
“The message remains the same. We are
committed to good governance and inclusive
leadership. We know your efforts remain
selfless to all your communities. We are
partners in governance and we will always
support you.
“I congratulate the leadership and members
of the CDAs that are benefitting from this
support initiative. It is my expectation that all
the self-help projects covered by this grant
will be completed as soon as possible for the
usage and benefit of residents,” he said.
The Governor also charged residents in the
communities to take ownership of the
projects and protect them against
vandalisation and all acts that would result in
the reduction of the life span of the facilities.
Earlier, State Chairman of the All Progressives
Congress (APC), Alhaji Tunde Balogun, in his
remarks, described the gesture by Governor
as unprecedented in the history of Nigeria,
urging community leaders and residents to
make judicious use of the projects as well as
prudent spending of the grants.
“What is happening today is the presentation
of grants to 275 CDAs across the State. It is
very awesome and unprecedented. This is the
first time I’ve ever heard of such. It is
unprecedented in the history of Nigeria.
Please take ownership of the projects and
ensure durability in your locality. This
government had been constructing roads,
bridges, and different projects across the
states. We thank God for using Governor
Ambode to change the face of Lagos for
good”.
On his part, Commissioner Local Government
and Community Affairs, Hon Muslim Folami,
said the all inclusive governance mantra of
the Governor Ambode administration had seen
the increase of CDAs in the State from 2012
in 2015 to 3935 in the last three years.
Also speaking, Special Adviser to the
Governor on Communities and
Communications, Hon. Akeem Sulaimon,
reiterated the present administration’s
commitment to articulate the concept of
inclusive governance, whereby all government
policies, projects and programmes would be
driven by the needs of various communities.
In his goodwill message, Patron General of
CDAs in the State and APC Chieftain, Cardinal
James Odumbaku urged the CDAs to
reciprocate the gesture by the Governor at
the 2019 elections in the State.
Some of the communities that benefitted from
the grant include Olera CDA, Ojokoro;
Anifowoshe CDA, Ikeja; Onibaba CDA, Ajeromi
Ifelodun; Ogoitan Phase I CDA, Epe; Ifelodun
Surulere CDA, Olorunda; Ofiran Phase 1 CDA,
Ibeju Lekki; Equitable Estate CDA, Igbogbo
Baiyeku; Anuoluwapo CDA, Ojota, among
others.


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