Monday, April 15, 2024

Lagos Speaker demands accountability from LG chairmen

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has directed chairmen of the 57 local governments and local council development areas in the state to adopt “a policy that every quarter, there must be something to show that you are truly in office. Let there be something to inaugurate.”

The Speaker, who gave the directive at a meeting with the council chairmen recently, stressed that it was not going to be business as usual, according to a statement on Sunday by his Media Assistant, Eromosele Ebhomele.

“I wonder how you sleep with your eyes closed while your council cannot even build and equip a good maternity centre. You can’t justify the fact that in six months, there is no meaningful project done by you in your community.

“Some councils have no single project for over two years; you treat the vice chairmen and councillors like they must be subservient even when you are going astray. Some of your councillors have not received official vehicles up till now.

“Some of your councils do not have legislative chambers, meaning that the councillors have not been holding sittings. How then do you get approvals for the money you spend?

“We are aware of how some of these councils go ahead to borrow money up to nine-digit figures without approvals or due process and how they lease council property without caution. We won’t allow these to happen again.

“It is now strictly going to be true governance at the grassroots level. If you don’t develop your communities, where would you fall back to when you leave office? How would the people see you?” the Speaker was quoted to have said.

“Going forward each council chairman must adopt a policy that every quarter, there must be something to show that you are truly in office. Let there be something to inaugurate.”

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