LG boss seeks partnership with community associations to enhance growth, security




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Ikorodu Local Government Council Chairman, Mr Wasiu Adesina, on Friday sought more collaboration with stakeholders to enhance development and security in area.

Addressing 2021 annual congress of the Lagos State Community Development Advisory Council, Adesina particularly sought collaboration with Community Development Committees and Community Development Associations to achieve the objective.

“Community Development Association is first government of any nation where people of different geo-political zones live as one family and take decisions.

“Let me assure good people of Lagos State that Ikorodu Local Government Council will continue to partner with development committees and associations by allowing them to monitor projects.

“I want to look into some areas in community where we can help to curb crimes, violence and insecurity,’’ council chairman said.

He noted that current harsh economic realities had made people to find lasting solutions to socio-economic problems of their communities through Community Development Associations.

In his remarks, Mr Adewale Babatunde, Special Adviser to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Community Affairs, residents in state to embrace community policing to curtail insecurity.

Babatunde said government was doing its best to ensure the state was free of crime and criminality.

He said Ikorodu was presumed to have cult groups who hid in the area to commit crime and they must be rooted out.

“Lagos as a metropolitan state cannot be left out of having pockets of insecurity, but government is trying its best to bring it to the barest minimum,’’ he said.

In his contribution, Mr Hamzat Azeez, Chairman, Lagos State Community Development Advisory Council, said the congress was to review developments in the area of crime prevention in the past and evolve solutions.

Azeez said security challenges were rampant in the country and around the world and people to imbibe the idea of disseminating information to security agencies to assist in the discharge of their duties.

“If you see something, say something,’’ he admonished.

Pastor Taiwo Kayode, Chairman, Community Forum and the guest lecturer sensitised the congress on the role of residents in promoting security in communities.

Kayode attributed insecurity in the country to improper parental guidance, stressing that good virtue and morals should be inculcated in every home to reduce crimes and social vices.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the advisory council launched a new constitution for all the Community Development Associations to guide them in their activities.

The theme for this year’s congress is: “Community Policing, Panacea for Safe Environment.’’

(NAN)