Governor Ambode swears-in 57 council heads

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

57 Sole Administrators that will oversee the 20 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos State have been sworn-in.

Lagos State Governor Mr Ambode at the event charged the appointees to see their appointment as a call to service as he charged them to “run the race efficiently.”

According to Governor Ambode “you are relay runners on a journey of reform that will ultimately culminate in the election of accountable people that will carry on the baton of good governance for our people; for the duration of your race, I urge you to run the race efficiently with diligence so you do not betray the trust that has been placed in you.”

He also charged the new appointees to ensure that they touched lives as well as interact with the people.

“You must interact with the people, share their joys and pain, and reside among them, it is only through this symbiotic relationship that we can truly say we have begun to understand and serve our people” he added.

No Corruption

The Governor then warned that he would not hesitate to sack any administrator found to have been involved in corrupt practices.

“Let me use this opportunity to warn that we will not hesitate to remove and replace any Administrator who fails to serve the people diligently or abuses his/her office, a strict monitoring control and feedback process will be put in place to ensure that there are no excesses or excuses; strict accountability must be your watchword, ‘Lagosians’ will be watching you and we will be watching you too,” he stated.

He stated that the appointment of the council helmsmen was premised on the Lagos State House of Assembly’s recent resolution that the previous local government committees be dissolved and Sole Administrators appointed to manage the affairs of the LGs and LCDAs.

“The hallmark of any good government is to provide basic services to the communities at the grassroots, this is the only way the real dividends of good governance can spread downwards and touch the hearts and minds of its people, our state is growing so fast that the concept of the rural area will not be applicable to any part of Lagos very soon, our government is working hard to meet the yearnings of our people who live in what I term semi-urban areas by providing them with services, we are dedicated to this and will deliver on our promise of a Government of inclusion where no one is left behind,” according to Governor Ambode.

Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello said the appointment of the sole administrators was to ensure that no vacuum was left behind by the exit of the Executive Secretaries, charging them to key into government’s vision of delivering the dividends of democracy to the people.

Speaking on behalf of the new appointees, the Sole Administrator of Bariga Local Council Development Area, Mr Santa Osijo, assured that the administrators would join hands to develop the grassroots.

Appointment Protest

However, some residents of the state expressed displeasure over the appointment of one of the administrators- Mr Adebayo Taoheed from Oshodi Local Government.

The people who protested to the governor’s office displayed placards with different inscriptions such as “for how long will Oshodi remain irrelevant,” “Oshodi says no to an unknown administrator,” “an outsider doesn’t know our problems.”