Lagos State Government has revealed that it procured and distributed no fewer than 115 jeeps to traditional rulers and chiefs across the state.
This was made known by Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami, at a ministerial press briefing in Alausa, Ikeja, in commemoration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’ first year in office.
Folami said the welfare and capacity building of traditional rulers like Obas and Chiefs in the State were given the utmost attention it deserves, adding that 56 appointments, upgrading and recognition of traditional chiefs have been approved by this administration within a year.
Three training and workshops were organized for them to enhance their roles as alternative dispute resolution agent within the communities, promotion of gender balance activities as well as major motivators of growth and feedback collection from the citizenry.
He mentioned that the State has 605 approved Obas, Chiefs and Baales as at December 2015, and inherited over 132 cases of pending approval for traditional chiefs in the state.
On security, the commissioner said that the Ministry promoted 24-hour access through gated streets with the involvement of Community Development Associations in the State.
So far, enforcement in 84 locations has been effected as at April, 2016. This is being done to improve security, free flow of traffic, safety of lives and properties of all citizens in the State.
Folami also noted that of the 148 street gates earmarked for demolition across the state, 84 had been pulled down for failing to abide by government’s directives to leave them open till 12 midnight.
The commissioner warned landlords and others who normally lock their street gates before 12 midnight to prevent motorists from plying them to desist from such immediately as government would demolish such gates forcefully for refusal to comply.
He further said that efforts are also being made to ameliorate the border communities’ infrastructure gap with provision of portable water, access to electric power supply and access roads and other life improving facilities.