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Lagos Assembly suspends three Council Chairmen

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday suspended three local government chairmen over alleged disregard for the guidelines governing their activities.

The House said it could no longer continue to watch while the council chairmen stubbornly flout the state’s local government guidelines.

The affected chairmen included Mr. Ogidan Mukandasi Olaitan of Lekki Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mr. Suleiman Jelili of Alimosho Local Government Area, and Mr. Tajudeen Ajide of Surulere Local Government area.

Their suspension was unanimously approved by members of the House in a voice vote shortly after Chief Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho 1) raised a complaint against Olaitan.

Chief Yusuff, who is the chairman of the House Committee on Commerce and Industry, narrated to his colleagues how Mr. Olaitan had been allegedly unruly and showed disregard for the Assembly.

He complained that Olaitan accused the lawmakers of carrying out an oversight function on a memorandum of understanding about an issue that arose from a resettlement programme in Lekki.

He further said that the council chairman had total disregard for those in his domain who he was elected to govern.

According to him, his action, even as a lawyer, was an insult to true governance and respect for the authority.

Commenting, Mr. Fatai Mojeed (Ibeju-Lekki 1), mentioned Jelili and Ajide as questioning the rationale for his being investigated.

Mr. Mojeed then urged his colleagues to suspend the chairmen pending the outcome of the investigations on the allegations made against them to serve as deterrents to others.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, while speaking on the issue, noted that the House had received petitions from many councilors in the councils in the state against some serving council chairmen.

Chief Obasa said that the House could not continue to watch while council chairmen flout the laws they were supposed to uphold.

“Total disregard for local government guidelines is something that should not be tolerated.

“We cannot continue like this. We can’t be breeding monsters in our local government councils,” Obasa said.

The Speaker added that it would not be ideal to gloss over the issues as it would be creating a precedence of disobedience to the law by council chairmen especially at a time the state was planning elections into the councils.

“We have received many petitions from councilors against many chairmen, this is the time to take action,” Obasa states.

The Speaker then directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko to write to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other stakeholders about the decision of the House.

The House later adjourned sitting to Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

Barnabas Hunjo

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