In what looks like a mandatory yearly gathering of a Company’s interested shareholders, major stakeholders in the Community Development Committee (CDC) took turns to reel out reports and performances of all Community Development Associations (CDAs) in Oto-Awori LCDA.
In their numbers, all the elected representatives were present to hear from the CDC what transpired during the fiscal year of 2020.
Lots of them well dressed in white attires looked confident that their various communities carried out their functions in spite of diverse circumstances but with one common goal.
In his welcome address, the Supervisor for Agriculture and Social Services, Hon. Mumuni Olabisi Kabiru noted with interest the unity and tranquility that prevailed in all the associations, adding that these qualities were needed to move any community forward.
He stressed in his words that only in a state of mutual understanding between people will a community thrive.
“To realize a goal, any community whatsoever the circumstances, needs oneness and integrity to move forward”, he said.
According to the Head of Agriculture and Social Services Department, Rs Afolake Otenaike who was well represented by her lieutenant, Mr. Saka Hassan, issues pertaining welfare of any community could be properly handled by CDAs, that is if their interest is not of self but of firm adherence to the rules of engagement and harmony.
“The quality of being complete and undivided are ingredients that will enable people to participate fully, not only in government but also in fundamentals of growth, he posited.
In a remarkable moment, as though the event would be the last one, the HOD was recognized and merited with a selfless service award.
In his enunciation, the Executive Chairman, Prince Musibau Adekunle Asafa, who was also honored with an award for selfless community service and his leadership roles, praised the effort of the CDC under the leadership of Mr. Bodunrin Mendes but was hopeful that more can still be achieved as he continues to steer the ship forward.
“I have observed with due diligence that the CDC has performed well in many areas but must also take the bull by the horn to achieve more in 2021”.
“There is no way government at any level can do without the CDC and CDAs, they are necessary components and partners in progress; they are a systematically organized means of delivering dividends of democracy to the people”, he pointed out.
In retrospect, he used the opportunity to convey his administration’s efforts vis-a-vis community deliverables which include the provision of water, construction of roads and drainages, installation of solar street light, donation of 14 transformers, construction of municipal buildings, construction of schools, grants to communities and more.
In the CDC financial statements as read out by the Financial Secretary, Evang. Abiodun Akinsatan, co-signed by Comr.Sule Oyekan, the income generated was #3,027,965.24 and expenditure which includes general expenses and maintenance stands at #2,997,316.31 in the Year 2020.
In accordance with the provisions of Article 10 and 11 of Lagos State Constitution for Community Development Committees, the disposition of the Auditor, Alhaji Taiwo Adagun was in agreement with the financial statement and accounts for the Year 2020 gave a true picture of affairs.
The CDC Chairman, Mr. Bodunrin Mendes in his appreciation commended the effort of the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for providing leverage for continuous community progression through the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs led by Dr. Wale Ahmed despite prevailing issues relating to COVID 19 pandemic, curfew and ENDSARS protests across the country.
In the near climax of the program, as usual, a two in one the Year 2021 and 2022 calendar was launched by the Executive Chairman and sold reasonably to all members.