Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday met with members of the Neighbourhood Watch and Community Development Committees in the State, saying that the policy thrust of his administration would be community development.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy Dr (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule at the interactive session which took place at the Banquet Hall of the Lagos House, Ikeja, said his administration would give back government to the communities.
“Let me assure you that going forward you will be playing more significant and critical role in this administration. The present administration is giving back government to the communities the policy thrust of this administration”.
“We know that if we develop the community, we have developed the local government that means we are equally developing the state. But we will not start from up, we will start from the bottom so that we will go up like that”, Governor Ambode said in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna.
The Governor also appreciated the contributions of the Neighbourhood Watch members to the maintenance of law and order in the communities, adding that there is the need for the Neighbourhood to embark on self appraisal in order to ensure that the members live up to the expectations of the public.
He reiterated the commitment of the administration to ensure the provision of 20 new rural roads in each of the Local Governments in the State as promised during the electioneering campaigns.
Ambode thanked the Community Development Committee members and Neighbourhood Watch men for their support during the last general elections and for being partners in progress with the State Government at all times.
Speaking earlier, the Coordinator of the Neighbourhood Watch, Alhaji Akeem Sanni thanked the State Government for always according the Watchers recognition; saying that whatever the members presently lack in terms of equipment would be channeled to the Governor.
The Chairman of the Advisory Council of the Community Development Committees, Alhaji T.A Quadri who spoke on behalf of his members expressed appreciation of the CDC members to the State and would want the members to be more involved in State Government activities at the local level.
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY
JUNE 11, 2015