28th July, 2010
The Lagos State government will ensure that projects carried out by the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas conform with the laid down regulations, the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Rotimi Agunsoye, has said.
Agunsoye, who spoke on the guidelines for project implementation at the grassroots, told newsmen in Ikeja, that adherence to them would enhance service delivery.
According to him, â€œwe need to make sure that supervision and monitoring of projects for effective service delivery at the local government level conforms with the load down principles and standards of the state.
â€œWe must not allow mediocrity, negligence, nonchalant attitude and recklessness to threaten the survival of our dear state.â€
The commissioner said that the Project Monitoring Department of his ministry was created to insist on the regulations for the purpose of ensuring even development for the wider segment of the population.
He stressed that the department, which has received petitions from the councils about project execution, would be guided by the rules and regulations that stipulated the conditions which must be met to secure approval for the implementation of projects and programmes.
According to him, the ministry had issued comprehensive guidelines and specifications of works and materials to be used by the councils in the construction of roads, drainages, buildings and other infrastructure, to ensure standard and durability of projects.
â€œLocal governments in each senatorial district have been advised to hold consultations with relevant professional bodies to raise joint teams of construction and industrial professionals, including architects, engineers, builders and quantity surveyors, to proffer solutions, monitor and certify infrastructure projects on behalf of the councils,â€ the commissioner added.