Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Lagos Requires N271 Billion to Execute Rural Projects

The Lagos State Government on Thursday said it would require about N271.3 billion to execute projects across the rural communities.

Mr Cornelius Ojelabi, Commissioner for Rural Development, disclosed this on Thursday while speaking at the 2012 Lagos State Community Day Celebration held at the Police College, Ikeja.

He listed some of the projects as roads, micro-water schemes and bridges.

Ojelabi called on the private sector to partner with the state government in the execution of the projects because of the huge cost.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the celebration was: "The Role of Community Development in Tackling Security Challenges in Nigeria. "

"We have received 334 roads requests estimated at over N268 billion from our rural communities. 17 jetties requests at an estimated cost of N1.1 billion and requests for foot bridges in riverine areas to the tune of N288 million.

"Also 112 communities have requested for Modified Type A water scheme estimated at N896 million and nine requests for mico-water schemes estimated at a cost of N1.08 billion.

"We also have requests for the provision of public toilets in our rural areas at an estimated cost of N59.5 million. In the area of rural electrification, the requests are overwhelming.

"In view of the huge costs of all these projects and the fact that government alone cannot undertake them, we are calling on organisations, foreign donors and philanthropists to partner with us.

"They can adopt some of these projects and brand them in their name while we provide the model and specifications. It is through this (that) we can collectively and meaningfully improve the lives of our rural dwellers," he said.

Ojelabi said the present administration had done a lot to improve the living standards of rural communities across the state through the implementation of a number of projects.

The commissioner also said 83 communities had been linked to the national grid through the supply of some 224 transformers under the government's rural electrification programme.

He said a number of men of the state's community security outfit "Neighborhood Watch", had been trained to boost their capability and provided with patrol vehicles to enhance surveillance and security in the rural areas.

Speaking at the occasion, Gov. Babatunde Fashola, said his administration was committed to the development of the rural areas.

He said the state government had approved the construction of more than 108 inner-city roads, promising to execute more life-changing projects in the hinterland.

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