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Lagos Inaugurates New Community Development Advisory Council

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…urges members on development of State

Lagos State Government has charged the new members to be more committed to the development of the State as it inaugurated a newly constituted Community Development Advisory Council (CDAC).

The inauguration came after the election took place at the Conference Room of the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Rural Development.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Rural Development’ Dr. Nurudeen Agbaje whilst congratulating winners of the election, urged the newly elected Chairman, Alhaji Azeez Amusat, and other members of the State Community Advisory Council to consolidate efforts with the State Government in ensuring that development and peaceful co-existence reach the grassroots during their administration.

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He explained that the recently concluded election is a proof that free and fair election where candidates of the people can have their say and their way is possible.

The Special Adviser also charged the newly elected officers to work together to build strong, prosperous, and progressive communities, that would become the bedrock of the Lagos of our dreams.

Dr. Agbaje equally used the opportunity to appreciate the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, saying he has put in place structures that engender development at the grassroots and has given recognition to Community Development Associations and Committees in the State and the restoration of the Office of Rural Development to the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Rural Development.

He added that Governor Sanwo-Olu’s decision is a pointer to the fact that Mr Governor is very interested in the development of the grassroots communities across the State.

The Special Adviser however advised the Council to be committed to the new assignment without looking at any personal gain or benefit, as the job is a voluntary service to our State.

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Similarly, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Rural Development, Mrs. Kikelomo Bolarinwa while giving her welcome address commended the contestants and delegates for their commitment to Making Lagos State a 21st Century Economy.

“What we are witnessing today, with the election is another demonstration of our collective efforts through sacrifices of engaging in community development which is geared towards sustaining our dear State as Centre of Excellence,” she said.

Bolarinwa added that one of the greatest achievements one can ever have is to truly serve people.

She used the opportunity to salute members of the CDAs and CDCs, who have been putting themselves forward through their commitment and dedication to the development of the communities around them.

“It is indeed taking Lagos to an enviable level,” she added.

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At the election, Alhaji Azeez Amusat emerged as the Chairman with a total vote of 106 against his opponent, Mr. Adesgun Olatunde who had 3 votes. Pastor Opajobi Samuel emerged as the Vice Chairman with a total vote of 103 against his opponent, Mr. Alli Moruf Ajanni, who had 3 votes, other vacant offices were ratified as the contestants were unopposed.

It would be recalled that the Governor in August 2023 approved the dissolution of the last Executive Committee of the Council along with the Community Development Council (CDCs)/Community Development Associations (CDAs) across the 20 Local Government Areas and the 37 Local Council Development Areas, after holding the office for two years with the expiration of their tenure in 2019.

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