By BENJAMIN OMOIKE
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, received another endorsement for his second term bid, as well as the presidential candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, from over 4,000 Community Development Associations (CDAs), across the state, noting the Governor’s achievements endeared them.
The Chairman of the CDAs in the State, Afeez Hamzat, made the pronouncement during the 2022 Community Day Celebration at Police College, Ikeja where representatives of all 57 council areas of the State participated.
The Community Day Celebration is organised by the State ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs.
This year’s edition was with the theme, ‘Strengthening Community Engagement For Inclusive Governance,’ where participants were drawn in all the local government areas.
Speakkng at the event, Sanwo-Olu said, “I acknowledge everyone of you and I recognize all the CDAs here today. It gives great honour to address you at another annual community day celebration. I cannot thank you enough for being our eyes and ears in the last three years since the launch of our greater Lagos.
“Let me emphatically say that at the inauguration of this advisory council in March 2020, you have not only been dependable but trusted. You have been given a lot of advice.
“Your modest endorsement of our second term is an attestation that we have been doing a lot. We want to tell you that the confidence you repose in us, we won’t embarrass you,” Sanwo-Olu added.
While enumerating some of his achievements, the Governor pointed out that not less than 40 traditional rulers have been installed since his administration came on board.
He stressed that their support would not be taken for granted, saying “Our loyalty is to serve the people. We have assured you purposeful governance. That assurance is being confirmed. I take this endorsement for the entire political structures in Lagos State including our presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
“Let us put a man who has done it in Lagos State so that all what he did in Lagos can come to bear at the national level,” the Governor stated.
CDAs Chairman said, “On behalf of over 4,000 active CDAs in Lagos State, we appreciate the State Goverment’s efforts towards our CDAs which is one of the fundamental roles of CDAs. Some of the landmark projects are the Blue Line, massive roads infrastructure, establishment of two new universities.
“If not for the timely intervention of your Goverment, many lives would have been lost in the State. We thank you for the efforts all geared for the wellbeing of the people.
“My people said I should express thank you for approving this annual programme. We humbly remind you of your promises during our last meeting.
“On this note, the executive resolved we are openly endorsing you for second term and we are presenting APC flag to you as a symbol of our endorsement,” he stated.
Earlier, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Community Affairs, Kayode Robot said the programme was to demonstrate that dividends of democracy were provided for the people.
He noted, “The State government welcome you as our development partners. It is in recognition of this that we have gathered here today and we are presenting prizes.”