The League of African Development Students (LEADS Africa), on Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 payed a courtesy call to Bariga Council Secretariat to honour Hon Alabi Kolade David, the council Chairman and National President of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON).
The Pan-African student organization honoured Hon. Alabi with an award of Patriotic Personality, a Certificate of Merit, and a Medal.
According to the organisers, the award was in recognition of Hon. Alabi’s patriotic strides towards Africa’s quest for grassroots development, self-reliance, through his lofty strides in Bariga Local Council and sterling leadership in ALGON, the umbrella body of all Local Governments Areas and Councils in Nigeria.
Mr. Osisiogu, the Secretary General of the group, said, Hon. Alabi has provided meritorious service to God Almighty, Humanity and Africa, as the President of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, hence his being singled out for the honours by Africa students.
In his acceptance speech, the ÀLGON National President appreciated the LEADS delegates for the award and thanked them for finding him worthy.
Said he, “This is a National award that you have given to Nigeria, because I’m a symbol representing the country, on behalf of all Local Governments in Nigeria, we appreciate you and we will continue to work hard for the development of local government administration”.
Alabi also used the opportunity to enjoin them as pressure group to scale up national advocacy for the Local Government/Area Councils clamour for decentralization and devolution of power, because such will translate to massive development across the grassroots.
He further declared that “If you develop Local Governments, you will have a better State and in extension a better Country”.
The ALGON President also thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for being a Local Government and Area Councils friendly President, because he has placed the local government in front line with visible gains achieved so far are due to his consistent efforts in ensuring that the Local governments strive.
“Join your voice in canvassing for the reviewing of allocation sharing formula, if more funds get to State and Local Government and Councils, development is guaranteed”, Alabi concluded.
At press time, the Chief Officer of the Council was flanked by some distinguished members of staff of the Council including the Council Manager, Mrs. Adenike Owolabi, Council Treasurer, Hon Samuel Apata, Hon. Tolu Ebun, Hon. Opeyemi Akindele and others numerous to mention.