Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday doled out N500million as grant to 274 Community Development Associations (CDAs).

This is to enable them complete their ongoing self help projects in their respective communities.

Some of the projects embarked upon by the CDAs  include: community halls, street light, transformers, police post, drainage and health centres.

Ambode, who presented the grant to the CDAs at De Blue Roof, LTV, Agidingbi, said it was not in doubt that the various self help projects by these communities are complementing the efforts of the state to sustain growth and development.

He said his administration is totally committed to supporting CDAs in the initiation and implementation of community based development projects.

“These projects have contributed immensely to make our communities to be more liveable for residents. I must commend all of you for the various projects you have initiated and funded from your voluntary levies and donations by members.

“I thank all of you for appreciating the fact that voluntary community effort is required to facilitate growth and development,” Governor Ambode said.

He said the decision to aid the CDAs with grant was based on the report gathered from monitoring of some of the ongoing community projects, which showed that some of the projects were on the verge of being abandoned.

Alluding to the fact that the gesture was the first of its kind in the state, Ambode said that beyond the 274 projects being supported, all the divisions of the State have been covered.

The Governor also charged residents in the communities to take ownership of the projects and protect them against vandalisation and all acts that would result in the reduction of the life span of the facilities.

Some of the communities that benefited from the grant include Olera CDA, Ojokoro; Anifowoshe CDA, Ikeja; Onibaba CDA, Ajeromi Ifelodun; Ogoitan Phase I CDA, Epe; Ifelodun Surulere CDA, Olorunda; Ofiran Phase 1 CDA, Ibeju Lekki; Equitable Estate CDA, Igbogbo Baiyeku; Anuoluwapo CDA, Ojota, among others.

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