Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, has warned the newly elected 20 local government (LG) and 37 local council development area (LCDAs) chairmen in the state to desist from embezzlement, saying that dire consequences await anyone with a mindset of stealing public funds.
This was even as Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, charged the newly elected chairmen to come up with innovative programmes that would help to alleviate poverty amongst people at the grassroots. Speaking at a 3-day induction, retreat for the newly- elected chairmen of the 57 LGs/ LCDAs organised by the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs with the theme: “Engendering Peace, Security and Development at the Grassroots,” in Lagos, Akiolu urged the council bosses to be selfless and shun the ‘grabbing’ mindset. Oba Akiolu said:” Let anyone of the local government chairmen that I have collected contract from, come out and say it.
I only advise you and that is reason why some of you run away from me. Your job is like a policeman, you can become successful or misfortuned depending on what you do. It is therefore left for you to perform well. Governor Sanwo-Olu admonished the council bosses, “To think out of the box and create enabling environment for wealth creation among people at the grassroots.’’
The governor called for peace between the council chiefs and the electorate, saying that it is only under a peaceful atmosphere that jobs can be created. He advised them to embark on the project they can manage and which has impact on the lives of the people. Earlier, the Commissioner, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Wale Ahmed congratulated the elected chairmen and lauded Governor Sanwo-Olu for graciously acceding to the actualisation of the retreat, “to allow the chairmen add their collective contributions towards the actualisation of the THEMES Agenda, particularly at the grassroots.”