LASG disburses N391.2m to families of deceased staff

By Adeola Ogunrinde

The Lagos State Government on Monday said it had disbursed N391,226,636.05 to 164 beneficiaries of the deceased staff of Local Governments and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) in the last one year.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Cheiftiancy Afairs, Bolaji Kayode Robert, during the ministerial press briefing in Alausa, Ikeja.

Robert said the Local Government Ministry has continued to engage critical stakeholders in the State and has had direct interface with Local Governments in its efforts to cascade development to the grassroots.

He said the State Government is committed to grassroots development in line with its Security and Governance pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S. development plus agenda.

Robert affirmed that the Ministry remains undaunted, focused and unrelenting in its drive towards bringing the dividends of democracy to the doorsteps of the citizens of the State and fully actualising the T.H.E.M.E.S. Plus Agenda of this administration.

He said ” The engagement has yielded developments at the grassroots, and has culminated into the on-going rural-urban renewal projects which has aided in reducing rural-urban migration”.

“One of these efforts is the two-day capacity building workshop the Ministry recently organised for 376 Councillors across the Councils, being part of the State Government’s roles in improving the law-making capacity of Councillors across the 57 Councils”, he added.

Robert also hinted that the Ministry has continued to monitor and inspect projects and markets across the 57 Councils to ensure proper hygiene, cleanliness, waste management and structural safety of facilities in the markets.

While noting that the involvement of traditional institutions in governance has continued to enhance peaceful co-existence among people of diverse backgrounds in the State, the Commissioner stated that the approval and reconstitution of 84 members into the State Council of Obas and Chiefs has helped to promote a sense of belonging, equity and unity.

He further disclosed that the present administration has so far installed 50 traditional rulers without any rancor or dispute, attesting to people’s support and belief in the leadership quality of governor.

In the same vein, Special Adviser to the Governor on Rural Development; Dr Nurudeen Yekinni Agbaje, while responding to questions at the press briefing, disclosed that the Ministry through the Office of Rural Development has in the last one year committed to strategic and critical infrastructural development in the rural communities,.

Agbaje itemised the ongoing road constructions in rural communities, including a 400-metre road in Ijake Community, Oto-Awori LCDA; a 510-metre road at Ganiyu-Oduntan in Ikorodu with four other road constructions in Iganke Community, Agbowa LCDA; Ayubu-Bashorun Road in Ijede; Erelu-Amikanle Road in Alimosho and Onishon Street in Ibeju-Lekki.

“Also, in our ongoing efforts in ensuring the provision of community-based projects, we have provided 500KVA transformers to communities such as Yologbo Estate 1, Igbe Alagbe Community in Ikorodu, and eight other communities across the State, which includes Odan-Ilogbo-Eremi PH1 in Olorunda; LASU Campus, Ojo; Oral Estate CDA, Mojoda, Eredo in Epe; Owu CDA in Ibeju-Lekki; Gengenla CDA, Agunfoye in Ikorodu; Ama St, Ijede; Agbede Omolaye in Ikorodu and Liberty Estate CDA in Igbogbo-Baiyeku”, he noted.

Agbaje added that the projects and achievements chronicled by the Ministry are noticeable in communities across the State.

Whilst assuring that most of these projects would cut-across the State, he also urged Lagosians to take possession of the rural projects and guard them from vandalisation.

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