LAGOS PAYS N269.6 MILLION TO FAMILIES OF DECEASED STAFF OF LGs, SUBEB
Lagos State Government has paid N269,697,458.75 to the families of 160 deceased staff of Local Government Areas and State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) as insurance packages.
Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Wale Ahmed, disclosed this at the Y2021 Ministerial Press Briefing to mark the second year of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration in office at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, Lagos.
“The Ministry had ensured the release of claims to 160 beneficiaries of deceased employees of SUBEB and LG/LCDAs, amounting to N269,697,458.75 by LASACO Assurance PLC”, Ahmed said.
He also revealed that a total of 154 Marital Documents were released to the Local Government and Local Council Development Areas with 21 Special License Approvals, two Church License Approvals and two Renewal of Approvals, adding that the Ministry also initiated and coordinated the flag-off of the 377 Statewide projects of the present administration in 377 wards.
“The project covered 257 roads, 86 buildings, 23 electrifications, nine boreholes and two jetties to link communities across the State, thereby making communities accessible and engendering socio-economic activities at the grassroots. In addition, the Ministry embarked on a strategic tour of all 57 LG/LCDAs in line with its responsibilities to ensure adherence to guidelines on administrative procedures”, Ahmed noted.
The Commissioner stated further said that the Ministry facilitated the inauguration of a 21-Man Market Advisory Council by Governor Sanwo-Olu, which was borne out of the Governor’s desire to make Lagos State a 21st Century Economy and strategically position the markets in a way that profits the State and sets it ready for the future economic growth.
In the days ahead, according to Ahmed, the Ministry would be expanding her rural development efforts to other communities with the construction of Oba Oyediran Road in Badagry; Ramon Owoyemi Street in Egbeda; Community Hall in Ikorodu, rehabilitation of the dilapidated Community Hall in Toga-Badagry; construction, equipping and furnishing of Information Viewing and Community Centres in Otunla Community, Ibeju-Lekki among others.
He averred that the Ministry also intends to sensitise LG/LCDAs on Local Government elections, train elected political Office Holders of LGs/LCDAs; commence a periodic tour of LGAs/LCDAs and ensure that more insurance claims are paid to beneficiaries of deceased employees of SUBEB and LGAs/LCDAs.
In addition, Ahmed said the Ministry would be investigating petitions received from the public concerning activities of LGAs/LCDAs, commence a tour of LGAs/LCDAs, conducts seminars for market stakeholders and upgrade markets across the State by providing toilet facilities and boreholes as well as supporting the holding of the “Oloja Day” Carnival.
“Also, in the next 365 days, the Ministry will be training 1,140 vegetable farmers across the State on modern techniques in vegetable production. 20 vegetable farmers will be selected from each of the 57 LGs/LCDAs. In the third quarter of the year 2021, the Ministry would be providing agricultural support to farmers across the 57 LGs/LCDAs in form of inputs across the value-chain to augment agricultural produce to assist farmers stabilise and attain sustainability to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic”, Ahmed disclosed.
He said the Ministry would engage in investigative visits, site inspections, sensitisation and that enlargement efforts would also be constantly undertaken to ensure that peace in the communities were maintained, subsisting issues resolved, thereby ensuring peace and harmony across the metropolis.
While informing that the Ministry would engage organisations to undertake more Corporate Social Responsibility, through its proposed Corporate Social Responsibility Forum, Ahmed pointed out that the programme is intended to further encourage Corporate Organisations to fulfil their various pledges as well as partner local communities in carrying out their CSR.