The Lagos State Government has said that it needs a total of N256 billion to fix rural roads based on requests made by residents of those communities.
Commissioner for Rural Development, Hon. Cornelius Ojelabi made the revelation while speaking at a press conference in Lagos. He said at least 140 transformers were procured in the last one year at almost a billion Naira adding that 132 were allocated to members of the Lagos State House of Assembly as constituency projects. He said at least 90 have been installed in the various communities under constituency project.
He said the 90 procured was made possible as a result of 70 percent of the fund released by the Lagos State Government for the project. He called on recipient communities to keep watch over the transformers, adding that henceforth communities will shoulder the responsibility of replacing any transformer deemed to have been stolen once installed.
The commissioner said that henceforth only candidates with at least School Leaving Certificate will be recruited into the state Neighbourhood Watch, stressing that officers must be able to read and write and in addition be able to operate equipment that would be put in their care over time.
He however assured those without the requisite qualification that they will not be retrenched since they are already in the scheme.He said that the state government has no plan to ban Hausa Fulani herdsmen from entering the state so long as they are in the state for legitimate business.