22nd November, 2010
Over 2, 000 members of the Community Development Associations, CDAs, in Lagos State,Â southwest Nigeria are expected to grace this yearâ€™s Community Day celebration.
The grand finale of the event holds on 24 November, 2010 at the Police College,Â Ikeja, Lagos. The best CDA will go home with a 24-seater bus while runners up wouldÂ win other consolation prizes.
Pre-celebration events kicked off at the weekend with thanksgiving services at theÂ Alausa Central Mosque and the Chapel of Christ the Light Church, Alausa.
The theme of this yearâ€™s celebrationÂ is: Achieving Credible Election throughÂ Effective Community Mobilisation.
Commissioner for Rural Development, Prince Lanre Balogun disclosed that an 11-memberÂ Assessment Committee drawn from various government ministries, agencies andÂ Community Development Advisory Council, CDAC, was set up to assess and evaluate allÂ the projects and activities embarked upon by the CDAs with a view to pickingÂ projects that deserve to win awards and grants-in-aid.
â€œAt the end of the exercise, three CDAs were adjudged to be the best three in theÂ state while 15 communities are to be considered for consolidated prizes and grants.Â Â Over 2, 000 CDAs across the state are expected to grace the occasion. Market men andÂ women, artisans and others are also expected.
â€œCommemorative Ankara uniforms are expected to be worn by members of CDAs and otherÂ participants that would grace the occasion. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is the chairman ofÂ the occasion, while Governor Babatunde Fashola will personally hand over theÂ 24-seater bus to the best CDA,â€ Balogun said.
According to him, CD is an eventÂ marked yearly to appreciate the efforts of theÂ community-based organisations, mainly CDAs, in developing their various communitiesÂ and contributing their quota to national development.
He stressed that CDAs had contributed to the enhancement of security, environmentalÂ sanitation, monitoring and maintenance of various infrastructure in their domains.
The commissioner added that it was in appreciation of their importance in theÂ overall development of the state that CDAs are involved in planning and completionÂ of projects before they are handed over to the communities.