By Dotun Omolaja, Lagos
Â Lagos State Government has called on Epe and Lekki communities to cooperate with it in the development of the Lekki Free Zone (LFZ).
Â The call is sequel to last yearâ€™s incidence where officials of the company were attacked, leading to the death of the Managing Director of LFZ, Tajudeen Disu.Â
According to the government, if the project must succeed, communities must be ready to embrace it as it would usher in development to the area.Â
The Director of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperative, Mr. Hakeem Adeniji gave this charge at the monthly interactive session organized by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, in Epe Division for Community Development Associations, CDAs, Neighbourhood Watch officers and other stakeholders at the weekend.Â
He advised all CDAs and the community leaders in Epe Division to embrace the ongoing land mark project in Lekki Free Trade Zone, adding that when the zone was fully completed, it will be an export processing zone, adding that to facilitate its operations, the State government was driving the development of the Lekki Deep Sea Port and the Epe International Airport which were expected to be developed through a Public Private Partnership arrangement.Â
â€œThe Lekki Free Zone project is conceptualized to provide an enabling environment for Industries to operate, attract both local and foreign direct investments into the state. It will also improve the economic standard and also create jobs opportunities for the teeming population,â€ he said.Â
Special Adviser to the Governor on Communities and Communications, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan implored residents to cooperate with the present administration for prompt infrastructural development in their respective communities as the administration was ready to encourage everyone in the State with all necessary amenities and give power to the people.Â
He said, â€œGovernor. Akinwunmi Ambodeâ€™s vision of inclusive governance means that we need to take government to the grassroots, and we think that the logic of inclusive governance is to move closer to the people and interact with them in order to be able to generate a sizeable and qualitative feedback on how government is impacting on their lives.Â
â€œMy job as the Special Adviser is to activate the CDAs and ensure that they are able to meet government with enough demands that will encourage government to provide necessary facilities so that all of us will know that we are living in the same Lagos where we have the facilities and to ensure a safe and secured environment so that we can do our daily business in peace and harmony.â€Â
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Development Affairs, Alhaji Tajudeen Quadri, noted that the interactive meeting was part of the present administrationâ€™s reform which was being introduced by the governor.Â
He added that the monthly interactive session being rotated within the five divisions of the State would encourage more people to be involved and better informed on what was going on in their respective areas.Â
Â He implored the CDAs to reciprocate governmentâ€™s efforts by paying their levies and taxes so that government would be able to do more infrastructural development in their respective domains.