By Joan Odafe
Lagos – The Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government (AOLG), Mr Valentine Buraimoh, on Thursday pledged his support to help build the capacity of the Community Development Committee (CDC) to accelerate development at the grassroots.
Buraimoh made the pledge at the ‘CDC’ inauguration of newly elected executive officers and 2020 Special Inter-religious Prayers’ at the Council Office in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event was organised by the Community Development Committee (CDC) in Amuwo Odofin Local Government.
According to the chairman, the capacity training and workshops will help equip the CDC executives with the information needed to pursue their statutory obligations.
He noted that the CDC had helped coordinate the completion of several self-help projects in the community, adding that the strategy would lead to peaceful transition to a new tenure.
“The emergence of the executive leaders of the CDC in AOLG is as a result of peaceful coexistence and that gives us a smooth ride.
“In case you do not know, the CDC executive is more turbulent than the whole of the party simply because you are the fourth tier of government, the grassroots”, he said.
Buraimoh thanked the outgoing executives for their services and steadfastness in ensuring that the community was made better than they had met it.
He charged the new executives to ensure that they carry out their duties to the best of their ability.
The chairman also urged the new executives to support policies of the local government and help publicise its programmes and projects within the community.
The Head of Agriculture and Social Services, Mr Bola Onigbanjo, said the role of the CDC was to carry out functions of administration of community matters through community development associations.
He explained that the CDCs would be meeting once in a month at the local government level to deliberate on matters within their communities.
“So what we are doing is to inaugurate the fourth tier of government that is to take care of our problems at the grassroots level.
“It is the result of our going to our various CDAs to conduct elections peacefully that the people can elect their representatives”, he said.
Onigbanjo advised members to forward all their challenges in their CDAs to the CDCs for amicable resolution at the LGA level.
In his remark, Chairman of the CDC, Mr Jola Ogunlusi, charged the newly inaugurated executives to seek more knowledge about their responsibilities in order to assist the council succeed in delivering democratic dividends to the people.
“I appeal to you to know that unity is very important. So let us all embrace peace and unity so that we can move forward,” he said.
NAN further reports that the new executives are made up of 19 members which included the chairman, vice chairmen, financial, social and welfare secretaries among others.