We Have 17 Petitions Against Lagos LGs —Lawmaker


The Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Local Government Administration and Chieftaincy Affairs, Moshood Lanre Oshun, has disclosed that his committee has got 17 petitions against some local governments in the state.

The lawmaker, who disclosed this during an interacting session between the committee and the council chairmen, warned the chairmen to desist from unethical practices, stressed that though the committee is not on a witch-hunting mission, it was performing its oversight function as stipulated by the law and would review the petitions and those concerned would be invited for clarification while erring ones would be sanctioned.

Oshun asked the chairmen to create an enabling environment for investment and stimulate economic growth without solely relying on subventions from federal and state governments.

He said the chairmen were elected to serve Lagos residents and that they cannot afford to fail because they have to justify the confidence reposed in them by the electorate who voted them into power.

He reminded the chairmen that most of them were enjoying the love that the electorate have for former Governor Bola Tinubu.

He said the dividends of democracy ought to be enjoyed by the populace and urged them to ensure implementation of the state government policies.

To make solid progress, the Lagos Mainland Constituency II representative opined that all stakeholders in the local government administration should be adequately involved, and charged them to provide a forthright, dynamic, dedicated, and result-oriented leadership.

In his remark, a member of the committee, Ipoola Omisore, said the councils should find other ways of generating revenue without relying on taxes and levies, adding that most rural areas in the state are good for agriculture which they could invest in for revenue and employment for the youths.

He said the state House of Assembly is ready to assist any LG that is ready to invest in any sector of the economy, and urged them to always inform legislators representing their LGs both at the state and federal levels about their activities.

Another member of the committee and former local government chairman, Bisi Yusuf, said employment could be generated through infrastructure development, which could be realised if capital expenditure is more than the recurrent expenses.

He advised councils that have not passed their budgets to re-adjust them and adopt the new formula, warning that the committee would not condone reckless spending from any LG.

Responding on behalf of his colleagues, Sulaiman Hakeem, Chairman, Bariga LCDA, thanked the committee for the session and observed that the House had put them on their toes towards delivering the dividends of democracy to Lagos residents.

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