Lagos asks community leaders to be accountable

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday asked community leaders to be accountable in the use of resources provided for the development of their areas.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Communities and Communications, Akeem Sulaimon, spoke during a two-day training programme organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs for Community Development Committees.

Sulaimon, according to a statement on Tuesday, said government required accountability in financial transactions, documentation and reporting.

He noted that the theme of the programme, ‘Community Development Practice and Activities in the 21st Century’, was apt because it bordered on how to develop communities across the state.

“I charge participants to tap from the wealth of experience of the seasoned facilitators and contribute positively,” he said in the statement.

The special adviser stressed that community development was the collective responsibility of everyone, adding that community leaders had the duty to positively impact the lives of people in their neighbourhood.

The Permanent Secretary, Local Government and Community Affairs, Fola Padonu, said at the end of the two-day training, the participants would be equipped with the knowledge to develop their communities.
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