By Adeyinka Aderibigbe
Lagos State Government on Friday announced that it has decentralized the yearly celebration of Community Day in the State. It said the celebration will now hold in all the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas to further enrich community participation in all the nooks and crannies of the State.
The celebration is slated for Wednesday December 6 and is expected to be marked at designated venues in LGAs and LCDAs to be followed by the grand finale at Adeyemi Bero auditorium, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.
The Special Adviser to the Governor of the State on Community and Communications, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan disclosed this at Alausa during a Press Conference ahead of the 2017 Community Day celebration.
Bamigbetan stated that the decision to incorporate LCDAs into the celebration was informed by the impressive performance of the various CDAs and CDCs across the State over the years.
The Special Adviser while hoping that the decentralization of the celebration would result in increased communalism by the various communities, commended the over 3,900 CDAs in the State for initiating various self-help projects and for complementing government’s efforts in their various localities.
He said the Ministry of Local Government and Communities Affairs had compiled the various needs of communities in the State through a need assessment survey it conducted recently, assuring that provision of infrastructural amenities in the various communities would henceforth be guided by the outcome of the Survey.
Bamigbetan disclosed that members of the Organised Private Sector, OPS had already been acquainted by state government on communities’ needs so that the needs of these communities would serve as a guide to the private sector when embarking on their Corporate Social Responsibilities, CSR.
“What the State Government is doing now is that we are addressing needs mis-match, we want the various developmental strides in all the communities to be far-reaching and very impactful. I am glad to report to you that residents of Apapa recently received the donation of 6 boats by a private company to ease access to the Mainland by residents of the area. This was as a result of our engagement with the OPS few months ago on CSR.” the Special Adviser stated.
He listed some of the recent achievements of the Office in the last 29 months to include, the up scaling of the role of CDAs in service delivery at the state and local government through support for monthly interactive sessions with ministries, departments and agencies to discuss the direction of government strategies.
“The monitoring, evaluation and feedback roles of CDAs in project initiation, execution and delivery, the visibility accorded the CDAs in the organisation of government programmes, the renewed guidelines to local governments emphasizing the consultation of, and partnership with community development associations as a code of governance of this administration and many more.”
Bamigbetan also informed that fresh initiatives, such as a state-wide CDAs close user group system in which members of CDAs can make calls 24/7 at a very cheap rate per month is on the drawing board. “A community house, which will serve at the best CDA state secretariat in the country is also on the drawing board. finally, the light up Lagos monitoring programme in which CDAs will report on the performance of street lights in their neighbourhoods is also being considered.” he added.