Community leaders in Ogun State have been advised to participate regularly in trainings, workshops and seminars organised by the State Government so as to be more informed, particularly on the best ways to manage community development associations.
The State Commissioner for Community Development and Cooperatives, Hon. Gbenga Adenmosun, gave the advice during Community Development Council (CDC) Standing Committee meeting, held at Imala Town Hall, Imala in Abeokuta North Local Government Area of the State.
Adenmosun said the Ministry has lined up human resources development programmes, such as citizenship and leadership trainings for community leaders, to enable them relate and coordinate their communities effectively in line with government agenda.
He stressed the need for community leaders to acquire more knowledge and keep abreast with happenings around them, noting that, one can only give what he or she has.
“We have various training programmes organised by the Ministry of Community Development and Cooperatives, to equip you as leaders in various communities, so that you can give back to the larger society. I therefore want to enjoin you to key into the trainings,’’ the Commissioner said.
In his contribution, the Chairman, Oke-Ogun Local Council Development Area, Alhaji Taorred Salami, commended the present administration for its yearly Grants-In-Aid to communities and sponsorship of community members to leadership and citizenship training programmes, aimed at improving community development in the State.
The Council boss also commended community leaders, who according to him work hard to ensure that there is peace and tranquillity in their various areas, calling for more collaboration between members of Community Development Associations and the Government.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman, Abeokuta North Zonal CDC, Alhaji Ganiyu Olanade, appreciated the State Government for its efforts at ensuring that community leaders perform to their optimal level, assuring that Community Development Associations will continue to key into government policies and programmes.