13th September, 2010
Mushin local government and Ayobo-Ipaja Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Lagos State,Â Nigeria have been adjudged the best performing local government councils in the state.
This was announced yesterday at the local governments award and book presentation organisedÂ by the Lagos Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) held at Martinos Hall, Ikeja.
While Mushin Local Government was adjudged the overall winner, Ayobo-Ipaja LCDA came secondÂ in the competition which was described as very stiff by the Chairman of Lagos NUJ, AlhajiÂ Wahab Oba.
Lagos Mainland Local Government bagged outstanding award in roads rehabilitation andÂ construction; Orile Agege LCDA won in housing; Ojokoro LCDA got that of sports development;Â Lagos Island East LCDA was best in youth empowerment, while Epe Local Government bagged theÂ agriculture award.
Iba LCDA and Ejigbo LCDA shared the outstanding award in security as Badagry West LCDA andÂ Olorunda LCDA also emerged joint winners in education. Onigbongbo LCDA got the povertyÂ alleviation award.
Other awards are: Badagry LG â€“ water provision; Ojodu LCDA â€“ provision of infrastructure andÂ Amuwo Odofin LCDA which was adjudged the best in environment.
Presenting the overall awards to Mushin LG and Ayobo-Ipaja LCDA, the senior specialÂ assistant to Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola on Media, Mr. Hakeem Bello, who represented theÂ governor, advised the local government chairmen who eitherÂ won or lost to do more work forÂ the benefit of the people they serve.
Launching the book, Building a New Lagos, the LGA/LCDA Experience, the chairman, EditorialÂ Board of The Nation newspaper group, Mr. Sam Omatseye, who represented Asiwaju Bola AhmedÂ Tinubu at the occasion, went back into history of how the 37 LCDAs were created throughÂ serious struggle.
Explaining the reason for the award, Lagos NUJ chairman, Wahab Oba revealed that the unionÂ decided to honour those who performed well after embarking on a facility tour of all theÂ local government councils except Ikorodu West LCDA and Agboyi-Ketu LCDA.