By Motolani AbdulGafar
The First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the Commissioner for Housing, Hon. Fatai Akinderu (MAF), the wife member of the Governor Advisory Committee (GAC), Chief Mrs. Adeboun Ajomale, Iyaloja General of Isolo LCDA, and Chief Mrs. Eunice Oluranti Dosumu were among the personalities honoured with awards by the Community Development Committee (CDC), Isolo LCDA.
The awards were given to last weekend to commemorate the second edition of its Community Day ceremony.
According to the CDC Chairman, Hon. Adesegun Olatunde, the awards were given as a way of acknowledging and appreciating the continued contributions of the recipients towards the development of society.
He notes that the annual ceremony has become fundamental to acknowledge and celebrate the relentless efforts of some key players in the community and beyond whose contributions have been vital to the continuous growth of the society, especially at the grassroots level.
Olatunde, who doubles as the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Community Development Advisory Council (CDAC), explained that the CDC and the various Community Development Associations (CDAs) that make it up have been living up to their expectations by working tirelessly to complement governments efforts, especially by carrying out community self-help projects, ensuring projects maintenance and advocacy to residents for strict compliance to governmental policies.
He added that the ceremony was not only to celebrate the key players for their outstanding contribution to community development but to further encourage them to do more and inspire others to follow their steps.
“The occasion centered on performance appraisal of government, corporate and individual persons and personalities who have been discovered around us will be commended and honored as a way of encouraging them to further their good deeds and challenge others.”
The awards were in three categories. The First Lady, Her Excellency, Dr. Claudiana Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the Commissioner for Housing; Hon. Moruf Akinderu Fatai (MAF), the Wife of Former State Chairman of the All Progress Congress (APC): Otunba Henry Oladele Ajomale; Chief Mrs. Adeboun Ajomale, the Wife of the Chairman of CDAC: Alhaji Azeez Amusat; Alhaja Ganiyat Amuzat, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs; Mrs. Kikelomo Morenike Sanya-Olu, the Councilor representing Apena Ward, Isolo LCDA; Hon. Yusuf Agbabiaka were given “Pillar of Support” awards.
In the second category, the first executive chairman of Oshodi-Isolo LGA, Hon. Martins Ayo Adegboyega, Iyaloja General of Isolo LCDA, Chief Mrs. E.O. Dosunmu, Chairperson of LASCOTA; Deaconess Oyewunmi Oyewole, Prince Nixon Okwara, Chief Monday Akunna, Mrs. Adeyemisi Sarunmi, Rev. Obioma Ben, Chief Nnnana Achiugo, Chief Clifford Nzerume got the community builders award while Alhaji Wahab Raji, Elder Tunde Ola Falujo, Alhaji Fatai Abisiga, Elder Samuel Agosu, Alhani Anofiu Yusuf, Alhaji Mukaila Ajao, Hon. Mikayla Atilola, Elder Dauda Ladunni and Mr. Rasak Adekanmbi were awarded CDC Veteran awards.
In her address, the First Lady, who was represented by the wife Mushin LG Chairman, Mrs. Kehinde Ajala, appreciated the CDC for the honour, saying it would spur her to remain relentless in her effort to support the Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu as he strives to lead the state to a greater height.
She, however, used the medium to charge the CDCs and CDAs across the state to continue complementing governments’ efforts in their various areas, saying “Igbega ipinle Eko, Ajumose wa ni”
She commended the cordial relationship between the CDC and the council authority, which she said was evident in the organisation of the programme.
On his part, Alhaji Lukmon Shonibare who represented the chairman of CDAC, Alhaji Azeez Amuzat also commended the council chairman for the mutual relationship between the CDC and the council authority as well as his progressive governance.
He stated that if the momentum is sustained, Isolo will soon become a Mega LCDA and a model for all.
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