Lagos sacks 57 council bosses

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

The Executive Secretaries of the 57 Local Governments Councils and Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State have been relieved of their appointment.

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode approved the immediate dissolution of the Caretaker Committees following the resolution of the Lagos State House of Assembly which relieved the Executives Secretaries of their responsibilities.

Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Tunji Bello, who confirmed the dissolution, stated that the Governor also directed the Executive Secretaries to hand over the reins of administration to the Head of Administration in each of the Council Areas.

This development is preparatory to the holding of elections into the constitutionally recognized 20 local government areas (LGAs) and the state created 37 local council development areas (LCDAs).

Tenure

The State House of Assembly had on April 22 this year passed into law a bill recommending a four-year tenure for elected Local Government helmsmen instead of the three years tenure that hitherto obtained.

The Caretaker Committees were inaugurated by former Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola on January 5, 2015.

New LASIEC Chair

Meanwhile, the State House of Assembly has confirmed the appointment of the immediate past Chief Judge, Justice Ayotunde Philips as the Chairman of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).

Justice Philips’ appointment, which was confirmed during plenary followed her nomination by the State Governor, through a correspondence few weeks ago.

Justice Philips, who was invited to the House to defend her nomination, said during plenary that she was prepared for the job even though it would halt her retirement.

Some of the lawmakers, who contributed during her appearance, observed that she served the State meritoriously during her tenure as the Chief Judge of the State.

Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa told Justice Philips that the job would require her to go round the State unlike, when she was the CJ.

“You will now need to visit all the Local Government Areas in the State during the registration for the election and during the election proper. You must be ready to do the job as required so that we could have a free and fair election. We count on you since you were successful during your tenure as the Chief Judge,” he said.

Answering questions from the Speaker if it was possible to start speaking Yoruba Language in the courts in the State, Justice Philips said that this would be impossible as some of the people who come to the courts would not understand the language.

“Some of the people, who come to the court do not understand Yoruba Language and when you start speaking Yoruba in the court it would be a ground for appeal for someone, who does not understand Yoruba Language,” she said.

 

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