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2022 BUDGET: Oriade LCDA Holds Stakeholders Forum, Chairman Harps On Prompt & Regular Payment Of Levies By Residents To Aid Development.

Hon. Ramotalai Akinlola Hassan & her Executives.

The Executive Chairman of Oriade Local Council Development Area, Lagos, Southwest, Nigeria, Hon. Ramotalai Akinlola Hassan has emphasized the need for people of the council to pay their rates and levies promptly and regularly in order to boost development of the council.

The council chairman made the emphasis in her address at the council secretariat, on Wednesday during the 2022 Budget Stakeholders Consultative Forum, organized by the Budget, Planning and Statistics Department of the council.

Her words: "as we prepare to usher in 2022, our administration is poised to deliver more dividend of democracy for our people, but the task of building a better Oriade council is a collective responsibility of the government and the governed, as such, I am appealing to all tax payers within the council area to ensure prompt payment of their levies and rates to the council's purse".

Hon. Ramotalai informed the community leaders and other participants at the Stakeholders Forum that, it would no longer be business as usual in the new year, for revenue officials of the council who are in the habit of diverting revenue collected from residents into their private pockets.

The council chairman, who was a former member of Lagos State House of Assembly explained that the Stakeholders Consultative Forum is an important exercise that must be carried out in the preparation of the annual budget of the council.

She added that the forum will afford the people, the opportunity to be part of the policy making process at the council, as their inputs and developmental needs would be collected, analyzed and used as major components of the 2022 budget proposal of the council.

Hon Ramotalai, while expressing her appreciation to the people in the council area for casting their votes for the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the July 24th local government election and by extension, giving her the mandate to serve as Executive Chairman of the council for a second term in office, reeled out the achievements of her administration in the last 100 days in office.

She said: "since our assumption of office for another four years, we have hit the ground running with different people oriented projects and programmes. These include, donation of 500 KVA transformer to Abule Oshun Community, procurement of new office furniture for workers, presentation of free GCE forms to 100 youths, rendering of financial support to 300 widows across the seven wards of the council and presentation of Bursary Award to 376 students of tertiary institutions (Indigenes and Non-Indigenes)".

Other achievements listed by Hon Ramotalai are, procurement of sanitation equipment and tools for Environmental Health officials, to assist them in carrying out effective and efficient sanitation operation, prompt and regular evacuation of corpses within the council area, regular desilting of drainages to allow for free flow of water, construction of new office complex at the back of the council secretariat and a new, state of the art Legislative Chamber within the council secretariat, both of which are ongoing projects.

She promised to commence rendering of financial support for the aged and introduce talent hunt competition amongst youths in 2022.

The guest speaker at the event, Femi Lamina informed the Stakeholders that the basic reason for organizing the Budget Consultative Forum is to ensure that government is on the same page with the people in the area of their developmental needs. He added that the forum will allow government to really know the type of projects and programmes the people are in dire need of based on what their request. Mr. Lamina urged the participants to take maximum advantage of the forum to present their most important needs to government and ensure that they are documented. He appealed to the people to always be patient with government in meeting their expectations or demands because availability of funds will always be a determinant factor in the quest to meet their expectations.

Among stakeholders that attended the event are, leader of Oriade LCDA Legislative Arm, councilor Shittu Jimoh and six other councilors, Executives of Community Development Committee (CDC), led by its Vice Chairman Alhaji Sikiru Sadiku, Co-coordinator of National Youth Council of Nigeria in Oriade LCDA, Comrade Bola Babalola and his colleagues and chairman of Lagos State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans in the council area, Mr. Jimoh Abass and Management Staff of the council.


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