September 7, 2009

Lagos hands over 9 projects to Badagry communities

By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowopejo
As part of  measures to boost agriculture in the state, the Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Rural Development, has handed over two completed agricultural projects to two communities in Badagry. Seven other projects which include four water scheme, a rural electrification, two jetties and a Neighborhood Watch office were also handed over to the communities.

Disclosing this was the Commissioner for Rural Development, Prince Lanre Balogun, during an inspection and handling over tour to communities in Badagry.

Balogun noted that the project would help increase in the availability of foods and rapid development, improve the standard of living, create additional employment for the youths and further bring the dividend of democracy to the grassroots as the state moves towards a mega city.

He said the project at Shoko community tagged “Reduction of post harvest losses” would help to increase production and lessen loss of farm produce by farmers.

Balogun said: “The ‘replenishment of water bodies’ at Pashi will further increase the quantity of fishes in all the rivers as the state government has procured brudals (big fishes) that will reproduce small fishes (finger line) that will be transferred to the four acting pounds for rearing before their maturity stage after which they will be transferred to the rivers.”

On the other seven projects, the commissioner said they were constructed in other communities to bring even development in the area, adding that the four water schemes constructed at Apa, Seme, Agelaso and Kapoa are meant to increase the quantity of water in the communities.