Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has charged Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to create an economic agenda and come up with innovative programmes that would help to alleviate poverty amongst the people at the grassroots.
The charge was made by the Governor during a two-day induction and retreat organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs for the newly elected chairmen of the 57 LGs/ LCDAs with the theme: “Engendering Peace, Security and Development at the Grassroots,” in Lagos on Thursday.
Sanwo-Olu admonished the council bosses to think out of the box and create an enabling environment for wealth creation among people at the grassroots. He also called for peace between the council chiefs and the electorates, adding that it is only under a peaceful atmosphere that jobs can be created.
He emphasized that it is their responsibility to serve the people, adding that, “You have to write your names in gold as you work with your people.
The Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Wale Ahmed also said while addressing the inductees said, “Having just emerged as the choices of the electorates, this retreat underscores the need to ensure that Chairmen of the 57 LGs and LCDAs of our great State grasp the policies that would help stimulate socio-economic development at the grassroots and also engender the dream of Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy.
“While I totally agree that returning Chairmen might be in tune with requisite skills for Council administration, some of the new Honourable Chairmen would certainly appreciate this window of opportunity, to learn a thing or two about result-oriented Council administration, synonymous with Lagos State which has made us the envy and admiration of other States in the Federation….”