Lagos State Government has tackled infrastructural challenges within 35 rural communities in the state.
The Special Adviser to the State Governor on Civic Engagement, Mr. Kehinde Joseph, disclosed yesterday while addressin g journalists in Alausa.He said these communities were facing various difficulties in the areas of good roads, health facilities, schools, flooding controls among others.
He said the government received complaints from the various communities requesting intervention adding that the communities were assisted with the needed infrastructure.
The special Adviser also informed that the government also extended financial succor to individuals with genuine challenges particularly in the area of health, accommodation, education, multiple birth and unforeseen incidents such as fire outbreak and road accidents.
Joseph said a total of N163, 258,980 was approved by the governor for disbursement to 1,477 indigent and needy residents to help them out of their precarious situation.
He urged all Lagosians to change their apathy towards participating in elections, saying their participation in the forthcoming local government elections would positively influence the outcome because they have the power, through their individual votes, to determine the eventual winners across the state.
Harping on public protests in spite of the existence of Civic Engagement Office, Joseph lamented that many of the protests were being staged due to lack of understanding of the various channels of engagement with government.
He said: “Some protests are unnecessary as the issues involved can easily be resolved by establishing a communication line with the concerned authority through various platforms while some are issues that have nothing to do with the state government.”
The Special Adviser added that his office engages in dispute resolution and conflict management to encourage the development and maintenance of productive relations among individuals, groups and communities.
According to him, forty disputes and issues that could have resulted into crises were handled and resolved amicably by his Office in the last one year.
He cited peaceful resolution of the dispute between the Motorcycle Operators Association of Lagos State (MOALS) and the Motorcycle Transport Union of Nigeria (MTUN) Ojodu Zone, the rift among Students’ Joint Campus Committee of the Lagos State Tertiary Institutions among others.
Joseph said in the year under review, the government disbursed N163million as financial assistance to 1,477 indigent and needy residents to help them out of precarious situations.
He said his Office also intensified efforts at ensuring peaceful coexistence among individuals, groups and communities, adding that the Ministry also encouraged cordial working relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of the government as well as engendering good relationship between the representatives of the state at the National Assembly and the state political functionaries.
The Special Adviser also hinted that his Office organized constituency town hall meetings to broaden the democratic space and enhance citizens’ participation in governance, just as he said that the Office seized the opportunity of the interaction to enlighten the people on the various government programmes meant to enhance their living standard, particularly the housing policy, entrepreneurial development through the N25b Employment Trust Fund (ETF).