Lagos charges CDAs, CDCs to partner government on security

Lagos charges CDAs, CDCs to partner government on security
October 12 05:58 2021 Print This Article

Lagos State Government on Monday has charged Community Development Associations (CDAs) and Community Development Committees (CDCs), to partner with it to ensure continued safety and security in the State.

Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Wale Ahmed, gave this charge while declaring open a two-day Leadership Training for members of Lagos State Community Development Advisory Council (LSCDAC), in Alausa, Ikeja area of Lagos.

Ahmed, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Kikelomo Morenike Sanyaolu, said over the years, the state government had committed time and resources to conduct periodic trainings for members of Lagos State Community Development Advisory Council (LSCDAC), to equip them in playing their roles in bringing government closer to the people and to also reiterate Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s policy of inclusiveness.

“No doubt, this year’s training is one of the many efforts of the State Government under the administration of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to empower our Community Development Council (CDC) and Community Development Area (CDA) members to align their various CDCs and CDAs in accordance with the State’s plan for a greater Lagos; the Lagos of Our Dreams.

“In addition, it is part of the State government’s effort to drive the policies of this administration and replicate governance and leadership at the grassroots,” he said.

Ahmed stated that everyone knew the importance of security towards guaranteeing and protecting everyone, but that the government alone could not do it, saying that these collective efforts must become a part of “our daily life, something that each woman and man can count on. This, as a matter of fact, must commence from our various roots, which are our various CDAs and CDCs.”

He explained that in the next two days, the State government would be providing them with the knowledge needed to move towards effective collaboration, as seasoned resource individuals had been carefully selected to take them through different topics to enlighten them on improved ways and tactics to adopt when it comes to addressing insecurities in the various communities.

Ahmed implored participants to see the training as an opportunity to learn the rudimentary of leadership for governance as it relates to ensuring peace and “stability in our little corner”.

“It is important for us as CDAs and CDCs to enlighten organisations and individuals in our communities who have resources to employ people to always ensure adequate background checks are done on individuals we intend to employ. This will help us guide against employing criminal elements that can cause chaos and anarchy in our communities.

“It is important that adequate checks should also be done when employing Security Operatives (Community Gatemen/House gatemen) in our communities, because most times, it is the crack in the wall that gives room for lizards.

“Let me also iterate that your roles as grassroots leaders should collaboratively support the effort of Mr Governor in ensuring safety of lives and security in our State. In times like this, we cannot afford to hoard security information; if you see something, you must say something.

“I am sure that with the up-to-date information and security tips that will be available at your disposal through this leadership training, our communities would be safer and more secure. I urge you all to ensure that it is keenly documented, adopted and applied into the security fibre of our various communities to help improve safety and security,” he stated.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Community Development, Babatunde Jimoh, said security is much of a collective effort than an individual effort and that this was why it behooves on CDA/CDC members to seize this opportunity to learn and re-strategise security across every stratum in their communities.

He said one of the policy thrust of Sanwo-Olu’s administration is crested in the THEMES Agenda which is Securi

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