Few weekends ago at LG News Academy interactive session held in kosofe , a platform where information and knowledge are shared geared towards good governance and development at the grassroot across Lagos State revealed by renowned council administrators that roughly 6 Billion naira is need to fix all the roads in Agboyi Ketu according to the expert preliminary report.
Remember sometimes ago residents of Agboyi Ketu complained bitterly about the poor state of roads in the council area despite the various completed and ongoing constructions works by the local authority and some of the residents then careless about who the trunk of roads belongs to, between the state and local government to channel their complaints to the apt quarters but rather than directing their anger at the doorstep of the council chairman whom oftentimes the state government allegedly pad their allocations with nothing left to work with.
However, the weeks back disclosures by the professionals made it abundantly clear that it will take a while before all the roads networks in Agboyi ketu Lcda and its counterpart Kosofe, Ikosi ketu could be fixed gnerally . Considering the annual budget of the council hovering around 2Billion.
Though most of the councils ,who the public strongly advocates for their autonomy budgets are yet to be made a public document rather from whats currently obtainable. so as to let public know what goes where and for the proper tracking, transparency and accountability as constitutionally stated. Nevertheless, the highly guided and protected budget from the public purview always contained the statutory teachers salary, Staff salary and operating cost that mostly takes the larger percentage of the budget and always leaves the council chairmen with deficit budget or no savings.
Annually the state government reported pick two roads from the Local Governments for construction , which roughly cost between 250M to 350M per road, deducted from the Local Government allocation through the state Joint Allocation. Some of the contractors are sometimes not from some of the Local councils,its like empowering contractors or subcontractors outside the local councils whereas competent hands are abound in the council area such state government decisions most times boils down to lack of transparency and accountability on the party of some council chairmen for state governors to usurped their functions until Financially FG Finally Rescue Local Governments From State Executives Styles Of Looting
According to the experts your community media, Kosofe Post chatted with on Open budget refusal or non disclosure said it was a general problem among the local councils in lagos State but what we can not take away from the Agboyi Ketu Local Development Area, under the administration of Mayor Dele Oshinowo , the chairman and his media team is that they still provides pictorial , and video clips evidence of what they spend public funds on as it happens without been compelled unlike those who says its my money.
The residents of Agboyi Ketu with this information should by now know the category of roads and understand that about 6 Billion Naira is required to fix the roads in Agboyi ketu Alone. hence, the reason they must join the call for Local govt. autonomy, enlistment of the Lcdas in the constitution of Nigeria and special status for lagos State among others through the Lagos East Senator Adebayo Osinowo and Kosofe Federal Constituency Reps,Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye at the National Assembly for rapid development and growth at the local level.
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