Lagos State Assures Residents Of Grassroot Development
Luqmon Balogun, Lagos
Lagos State Government through the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Rural Development has assured that residents of the State would benefit immensely at the community level in this new administration.
The newly sworn-in Commissioner for the Ministry, Mr. Bolaji Robert gave this indication at the maiden meeting with the Management Staff of the Ministry after the official assumption of office.
Mr Bolaji Robert, who was the immediate past Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Local Government and Community Affairs, reiterated his readiness and the new Special Adviser, Dr. Nurudeen Agbaje at ensuring that the dividends of democracy extend to all the nooks and crannies of the State, particularly at those at local communities, which falls in line with the THEMES-Plus Agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration.
He said “Mr. Governor has directed us to hit the ground running to ensure that every part of the State is livable, especially as we concentrate efforts towards making Lagos a 21st Century Economy”.
“The Ministry is saddled with the responsibilities of initiating, formulating, executing, monitoring, evaluating policies relating to Local Government Administration in all the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas is a Mini-Lagos and other responsibilities include; Chieftaincy Affairs including relations with Council of Obas and Chiefs, Community Development.”
Similarly, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Rural Development; Dr. Nurudeen Agbaje explained that restoring the Office of Rural Development back to the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy and Rural Development is a pointer to the attention that the Governor had developed for the Grassroot communities across the state.
Agbaje, therefore, called on Community Leaders, Community Development Associations and other stakeholders to key into the programmes of the administration of Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu geared towards the fulfillment of the collective aspiration of Lagosian who seek economically viable communities across the State.
In her address of welcome, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Kikelomo Bolarinwa expressed her readiness and that of all the members of staff in the Ministry for the Commissioner and the Special Adviser in achieving all the tasks and set goals in line with the mandate of the Ministry, for the successful implementation of the State agenda.