The Publisher/Editor of Lagos Panorama, ‘Tayo Aderinola who presented the award on Friday at the Somolu Local Government Area of Lagos, stated that the Editorial Board of the widely read sociopolitical magazine and online news platform in their effort to promote the universal Sustainable Development Goals decided to recognize and award dedication and zeal by outstanding individuals and organizations in a series of awards to celebrate excellence by trailblazers in aspects of grass-root sustainable development.
Aderinola stated that “Somolu Local Government Council under the distinguished leadership of Hon Abdul Hamed Salawu has performed excellently well in the area of infrastructural development in the last 3 years and the recent outgone year 2020, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 outbreak in the first quarter of the year”.
“The Lagos Panorama Sustainable Development Goals Grassroots Awards is to identify truly meaningful grass-root developmental efforts by persons, State ministries, agencies, Local governments, non-profit organizations and corporate organizations. The categorization of these awards is in accordance with development indices of universal acceptance”.
“The Editorial Board of Lagos Panorama in acknowledgment of the multi-faceted achievements of the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of Lagos State created in the year 2003 by the visionary leadership of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu”.
Aderinola asserted that “We resolved to spotlight at least 10 categories for the Local Governments/LCDA with outstanding performances in achieving Sustainable Development Goals after over 3years of local government administration in Lagos State”.
These awards are intended to motivate and spur grass-root development through contribution from all spheres. The grassroots awards are categorized into infrastructural Development, education, primary healthcare, sports, LG COVID-19 Responder, Information Technology, market development, youth and women empowerment and a host of others”.
The Executive Chairman Somolu Local Government, Hon Abdul Hamed Salawu in his appreciation remark said that “on behalf of the good people of Somolu Local Government we say thank you to Lagos Panorama for the recognition”.
Dullar noted that “our amiable Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is already doing a great job with the THEME agenda, and our responsibility at the local government level is to complement his efforts at the grassroots level with sustainable development for the wellbeing of our people”.
He also opined that “without the creation of the 37 LCDA, I may not be a Council Chairman, but by the divine grace of GOD we are here today on premised of our visionary National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who created the 37 LCDAs that has created more opportunities and enhanced sustainable development at the grassroots”.
“So on this note, we say a big thank to our visionary leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and promise not to relent effort, but to continue to do more sustainable developmental projects to the benefits of our people and to the glory of Almighty Allah” averred the Somolu Council boss.
Other categories include corporate/agency distinguished awards and exemplary achievement awards for individuals who have excel and contributed to respective field.