Lagos Assembly Set To Assess Local Governments, Local Council Development Areas
The Lagos State House of Assembly has resolved to assess the activities of the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.
This was consequent upon a Motion moved by Hon. Moshood Oshun and others that the LGs and LCDAs be assessed one year after the election of the chairmen and councillors across the local governments.
Oshun stated that the local governments are regarded as the extension of the state in the area of development as they are given allocation both by the Federal Government and the state government.
He stated that it was important to assess the local governments and local council development areas to see if they conform to the Administrative Guideline of 2011.
The lawmaker submitted that it was important to mandate the appropriate committee of the House to evaluate the activities of the local governments.
“The local governments are expected to assist in the development of the state. It is important to evaluate how they have impacted on the state and for the committee of the House to assess them,” he said.
The Motion was seconded by Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu.
In his comment, Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi said that it was important for the Assembly to carry out the exercise as they would be seeking votes from the people very soon and that the local governments are closer to the people.
Also, Hon. Rotimi Olowo stated that the local governments are the babies of the House and that the House must inspect how they have been spending the money being allocated to them.
According to him, the House must look at the capital and recurrent expenditures of the local councils and see if they are in tandem with the administrative guidelines.
Hon. Rasheed Makinde also supported the motion, while Hon. Segun Olulade suggested that the committee should do an on-the-spot assessment of the activities of the local governments.
In his view, Hon. Dayo Saka-Fafunmi considered the Motion as timely, adding that while some local government chairmen have been working, some others have not been performing their duties effectively.
He said that if the local governments fail, then all eyes would be on the state government.
Also contributing, Hon. Abiodun Tobun said that the House should look at the level of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the councils and that the House should look at the projects of the councils rather than the programmes of the various councils.
This, he said would provide justification for the creation of the local governments.
Hon. Victor Akande, in his contribution, said that the committee should visit the local governments for assessment as earlier suggested.
The Speaker of the House, Rt.Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said in his speech that it was important for the House to audit the local governments and LCDAs to ensure that they do their jobs.
“The local governments were established for grassroots development. This is a very good period for the assessment of the local governments as they collect their allocation regularly.
“We need to encourage those that are doing well and charge those that are not doing well to do more.
“We should look at the parliament at the local government if they are being supported by the councils and see how we can help them,” he said.
Obasa then announced members of the committee that would assess the local governments.
The committee is to be Chaired by Hon. Rotimi Olowo, and members include Hon. Fatai Mojeed, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi, Hon. Rasheed Makinde, and Hon. Akeem Shokunle.
The rest are Hon. Mojisola Miranda, Hon. Setonji David, Hon. Dayo Saka-Fafunmi, and Hon. Victor Akande and the committee is to report back to the House in three weeks.