The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has doled out N500million as grant to 275 Community Development Associations (CDAs) across the Lagos Mainland and parts of the State to enable them complete their ongoing self-help projects.
Some of the Lagos Mainland communities that benefitted from the grant include Olera CDA, Ojokoro; Anifowoshe CDA, Ikeja; Onibaba CDA, Ajeromi Ifelodun; Ifelodun Surulere CDA, Olorunda; Equitable Estate CDA, Igbogbo Baiyeku; Anuoluwapo CDA, Ojota, among others.
Ambode who presented the grant to the CDAs at De Blue Roof, LTV, Agidingbi, Lagos Mainland, 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.
In his words, “these projects have contributed immensely to make our communities to be more livable 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.”
Meanwhile, Ambode 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 the 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,” he said.
On his part, the 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, the 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.