The Lagos State Government is set to revolutionise local government administration in the country with a plan to put in place a four year term for councils in the state.
Up till now, elected council and appointed council officials in the state are entitled to a three year tenure. The state local government law passed by the state House of Assembly in 2002 and amended in 2003 stated that elected and appointed officials in the state local governments and local council development areas (LCDAs) will operate on a three year tenure.
Thegazellenews.com learnt exclusively that plan has reached advanced stage for the state Assembly to tinker with local government law again to increase tenure of elected administration from three to four years.
“The Executive arm of government will present the bill to the Assembly as an Executive Bill for deliberation and eventual approval,” our source said.
One of the lawmakers confirmed to our correspondent that indeed there is a plan to review the tenure of the council chairmen and councillors from three to four years, “but I cannot confirm to you when this will come up”.
Thegazellenews.com investigation revealed further that beneficiaries of the tenure review have been generating controversies on the proposed bill. “Some of the leaders are of the opinion that incoming chairmen and councillors should be the beneficiaries of the new law while some believe that the current set should be the maiden beneficiaries,” our source added.
Those who believe that the incoming set should be the first beneficiaries argued that the current set was given a mandate of three years by the people in the election they participated in.
For those in favour of the current set, their arguement was that the bill should be amended to include the current set so that they will still remain in office to oversee the general elections of 2015.
The current sets of local government chairmen and councillors in the state were sworn-in in October 2011 and under a three year arrangement, they are suppose to go in 2014. An additional year will therefore bring their tenure to an end on October 2015.