The governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday flagged off the construction of 377 projects across all the wards in the state to address specific challenges at the grassroots level.
The projects will lead to the construction of over 250 roads and installation of 23 power projects across the state.
The flag-off ceremony took place at the Adeyemi Bero Hall, Alausa, Ikeja.
Sanwo-Olu said his government initiated the intervention in response to series of requests from the various communities across the state to address specific challenges.
He said the execution of the projects would change the narrative as to what grassroots development and government’s responsibilities are all about.
He said: “The state-wide 377 ward projects being launched today are state intervention projects in grassroots development.
Sanwo-Olu said the process of identifying the needs and the design of the projects was in line with the concept of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and participatory governance in which the people were considered as key stakeholders.
The governor described the grassroots as “the bedrock of development”, stressing that the projects were strategic in promoting the well-being of the people across communities.
He said his government would continue to give residents a voice on issues that affect them.
The Chairman of the Projects’ Implementation Committee and Deputy Governor, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, said all contractors would mobilise to sites next Monday, noting that the intervention was in demonstration of the governor’s campaign promise to run an inclusive government.
He said the projects’ selection followed a meeting between the governor and all the 377 councillors across the state, during which Sanwo-Olu asked them to name specific projects that should be executed in their wards.
Giving a breakdown of the projects, Hamzat said the state government would be constructing 257 community roads and drainages across the state.