The proposed review of the Local Government Law by the Lagos State House of Assembly has been described as the right step towards the repositioning of the local government system in the state.
According to the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Local Government Administration and Chieftaincy Matters, Honourable Moshood Oshun, the Bill will strengthen and reposition the administrative system of the Local Government Administration in the state.
Oshun, who stated this during the second reading of the Bill, noted that the existing Local Government Law was fashioned by the military government making it outdated to meet current challenges facing the Third Tier of government.
He further explained that appointment of the Secretary to the Local Government which was saddled with the state Governor has created acrimony in the system whereby some secretaries to the local governments are not loyal to their chairmen.
The proposed new law will give the chairmen the authority to appoint the SLG of their choice to create room harmony and thereby enhance social political development at the grassroots.
On the proposed tenure elongation for council chairmen, the Lagos Mainland Constituency II representative said it is a good one and it will give room for the State House of Assembly to assess the LGs and the LCDAs’ performance though some members opposed the clause noting that it might create problem for the polity.
In their submissions, Honourables Lola Akande, Mudashiru Obasa, Rotimi Olowo Sanai Agunbiade and Mufutau Egberongbe said the review of the existing law is highly necessary saying it is an opportunity to reposition the Local Government system for efficient service delivery to the masses.
After deliberations on the merits and demerits of the Bill, it was committed to the Committee on Local Government Administration and Chieftaincy Affairs with the Committee expected to submit its report in three weeks.