THE Executive Chairman of Agbado/Oke-Odo Local Community Development Area, Engineer David Famuyiwa, recently hosted key stakeholders of the LCDA to the Year 2021 Stakeholders Consultative Forum at the Council Secretariat.
The Council boss, while addressing the forum, explained that the event served as a platform through which all sectors of the local government can direct resources and meaningfully contribute to the improvement of the quality of lives of the people.
He noted that to achieve the above objective, his administration has placed priority on improving vital infrastructure and providing a business-friendly environment that is conducive for private sector investment, building vital social services, maintaining law and order as well as ensuring security in the various communities of the LCDA.
Famuyiwa acknowledged the efforts, sacrifices contributions of all stakeholders towards the growth and development of the LCDA over the years, stressing that it has helped in shaping the LCDA and positioning it into an enviable status amongst its peers.
He, however, noted that the implementation of laudable projects is largely dependent on the availability of resources and sounded it out that his administration will be more efficient and innovative as it will intensify its Internally Generated Revenue drive, adding that he would be cost-effective and reduce government expenditure.
The chairman, who took note of all suggestions and requests from the stakeholders, explained that his administration is open to ideas, suggestions and criticisms as they go a long way in enhancing his capacity to deliver while urging anyone who has concerns about the policies, programmes and projects of his administration that they can freely approach him for clarification rather than engage in rumour-peddling.
The CDC Chairman, Mr E. O Kasumu, admonished the Chairman to partner with the CDAs for data collection regarding the LCDA and requested that the LCDA’s rates and tariff be published for all to know the exact amount to pay into the council’s coffers while also calling on the chairman to see to the operation of PSP operators within the LCDA.
The Head of Budget, Planning, Research and Statistics Department, Mr Onitiri Debola, who harmonized all contributions and requests from the stakeholders, explained that IGR is key in the implementation of any projects and emphasized that Covid-19 shouldn’t be used as an excuse not to pay what is due to the LCDA’s coffers as the LCDA does not stop carrying out its duties and functions amidst the Covid-19 scourge.