Lagos local Government bosses endorse joint account

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

The Chairman, Conference of Lagos State Local Government/Local Council Development Areas (LGAs/LCDAs) Executive Secretaries, Mr Kolade Alabi says there is nothing wrong with current practice of joint account involving states and local governments in Nigeria.

Mr Alabi made this known while answering questions from Voice of Nigeria correspondent in Ikeja. He maintained that there was no need to advocate for a change in the status quo since there was no problem with the existing system.

“The system that we are operating now, to the best of my knowledge, there is nothing wrong with that system, so definitely I will not advocate for any change because when you have a system that is running perfectly, why do you have to advocate for a change,” he stressed.

114 road projects

The Chairman, Conference of LGAs/LCDAs had earlier briefed journalists on the commencement of construction works on a total of 114 roads across the state. He highlighted that two roads would be targeted in each of the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas.

Alabi noted that the development came on the heels of the campaign promises of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

“You will recall that during the electioneering campaign of His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in 2015 promised to improve on the access and inner roads in the LGAs/LCDAs, hence his decision to pay more attention to local government’s efforts at providing world class roads equipped with street lights, sidewalks and covered drains.”

On his assumption of office, he (the governor) directed the Executive Secretaries to submit names of two inner roads each in their local government areas and LCDAs for construction in the first phase of the programme through open competitive bidding; today, it is my pleasure to inform you of the commencement of the construction of 114 roads by the Ambode Administration through the Local Government Councils,” Mr Alabi said.

He hinted that the project would cost the sum of 17.5 billion naira.

Endless opportunities

On his part, the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr Muslim Olohuntele-Folami said that the project would bring about myriad of opportunities for the local populace who would be directly or indirectly employed.

Mr Olohuntele-Folami added that the empowerment of the people through the project would in no small measure stimulate the economy of the grassroots and even development to the state in the long run.