Kakalistiq.com reports that Lekki Local Council Development Area (LCDA) witnessed a significant milestone on October 24, 2023, as the Free Trade Zone’s Corridor Joint Operational Safety Task Force Committee was inaugurated. The initiative was spearheaded by Dr. Odutola Kasali, a respected statesman in the community who has long been an advocate for progress and development. The effort received substantial support from the Lagos Association of Maritime Contractors, Petro-Gas Servicing Operators, and Water Transporters.
Speaking at the inauguration, the Executive Chairman highlighted the importance of the task force’s establishment, emphasizing the LCDA’s commitment to the project. Despite delays and doubts, the LCDA’s resolve to see the initiative through remains unwavering. The Chairman expressed gratitude to Dr. Odutola Kasali for his unwavering support and foresight in anticipating challenges.
The project’s inception traces back to discussions at Dr. Odutola Kasali’s home when he assumed the chairman role. The focus was on implementing ideas that would benefit the community in the short and long term. Despite the challenges faced along the way, the LCDA remains dedicated to its people and collective future.
“Once again, I would like to thank Almighty Allah and our father, Dr. Odutola Kasali, who have made sure that the integrity of this exercise remains intact. We see his intentions; he understands our challenges better than anyone. He warned about most of the difficulties we have today long before they began to occur. And I pray that God Almighty will not disappoint him, continue to protect him, and reward him for his efforts.
“I can remember when this project was first conceived at his home, following his appointment as chairman of the board. We discussed many things that will benefit our people. He spoke in length about the background of what we have today in Lekki LCDA; he was passionate and supported all the good ideas that will be implemented in the short and long run. Whatever has happened since then, today is a reminder that this project is still very much alive. Normally, anything worth pursuing will have its peculiarities and challenges, but we won’t let that distract us,” he retorted.
The chairman acknowledged that there is still much work to be done, particularly regarding employment opportunities for the local population. Lekki LCDA, despite being home to global industries, has a significant number of nonpensionable employees. The commitment to improving opportunities for residents remains a top priority.
Notably, the LCDA recently conducted a seven-day professional training program focusing on the maritime, transport, and petro-gas sectors. The training aimed to equip local youths for upcoming opportunities and address the region’s challenges. The overwhelming response to this program underscored the need for continued efforts in the community.
The chairman urged all leaders to empathize with the concerns of the community and reiterated that the path may be long, but there is hope for a brighter future. The gathering at the inauguration signifies a renewed commitment to the welfare and development of Lekki LCDA and its people.