Lagos State Government on Thursday read riot act to corrupt Community Development Associations (CDA) saying the state government will not condone any highhandedness, arbitrariness and unruly acts by executive of CDAs.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Mrs Yetunde Arobieke, gave the order during a briefing to announce activities lined up for this year’s Community day, themed, ‘Revisiting rural communities for 21st century development’.
She said the ministry has heard of some CDAs going beyond bound in their engagement with members of their communities, including mismanaging resources in their care.
According to her, the Sanwo-Olu led administration will not tolerate such acts, as it wants engagement with community members to be civil and transparent.
The commissioner implored members of CDAs who felt that their executive are not accountable or unruly to write the ministry and the case would be investigated for appropriate actions. She maintained that the ministry does not encourage extortion.
The commissioner disclosed that in line with Sanwo-Olu’s administration to develop rural communities, plans are underway to transform riverine communities into Lagos tourism hubs.
On the Community Day celebration, she said the commemoration of Year 2019 Community Day is about celebrating the people at the grassroots for complementing government’s efforts in their communities through various self-help projects, promotion of peace and security and advising the State Government on matters affecting Community Development.
“This Year Celebration will commence on Friday 8th November, 2019 with Jumat Service at Central Mosque, Alausa, followed by an Health walk, which would start from Ikeja Local Government Secretariat to Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa-Ikeja. To empathise with the needy, she said social institutions would be visited with the grand finale at Police College Parade Ground, Oba Akinjobi Way, Ikeja.
She said: “Prizes will be presented to the CDAs that emerge as winners during the Project Assessment across the 20 LGAs and 37 LCDAs in the state by the members of the Assessment Committee.
“At this juncture, I would like to express deep appreciation to Mr Governor, who has continued to support us in all our programmes and graciously approved this celebration for over 3,900 CDAs across the state.”