The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Communities and Communications, Mr. Akeem Omoyele Sulaiman has underscored the need for community leaders to be accountable to their respective communities and the State Government, just as a two-day training programme commenced for community leaders.

Sulaiman, speaking at the training, said the programme is aimed at equipping participants with modern tools needed to operate optimally at their respective community development functions in the 21st century.

He disclosed that the Ministry has a Monitoring Team in place to survey the activities of all the Community Development Associations (CDAs) in the State in order to ensure that they key into the vision of the State government and make judicious use of the resources within their disposal for the public good.

In his words, “You will recall that last year, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode gave 500 million Naira grant to some CDAs across the State for the development of their various communities, so training these community leaders on accountability at this time is very apt”.

According to the Special Adviser, the training provides an avenue to sensitise and educate members of the Community Development Committees, (CDCs), on strategies needed for community development practice and also keep them abreast of the policies of the government.

He expressed the hope that at the end of the training, community leaders and other participants would have been equipped with adequate knowledge on how to handle finances in their various communities.

He also used the occasion to call the CDA and CDC Executives to see their position as an opportunity to make impactful infrastructural development for the residents at the grassroots, stressing the community leaders should build stronger chord in order to touch the lives of members within the neighbourhood.

Also speaking at the event, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Fola Padonu, who recalled that the maiden edition of the training was held last year, emphasised that the training would be of immense benefit to the participants, especially in bridging the gap between the government and the governed through the policy of inclusiveness.

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