By Jumu’ah Abiodun Dawud
History was made in Ifako Ijaye Local Government Area of Lagos State on Thursday, 4th September, 2014 when 10 Bills passed by the Legislative Arm of the local government were signed into bye-laws by the council Chairman, Apostle Oloruntoba Oke.
The bills, according to the Leader of the local government Legislative Arm, Israel Olaniyi Fadare, were passed to ensure smooth running of the local government. “As you can see, most of the bills have to do with the protection and improvement of the environment in this local government as well as ensure free movement of vehicles in the local government,’ Fadare said.
According to the council Leader, it was the first time in the history of the local government, that such bills not only be passed but wiill also be passed into bye-laws by a serving and elected council chairman.
According to Fadare, with the passage of the bills and subsequent signing into bye-laws, the councillors are leaving a legacy for others coming behind to build on.
The bills passed and signed into bye-laws include: conversion of some roads in the local government to one way route and one side parking; pest control in regulated premises; environmental sanitation and waste management; re-validation of street naming; and house numbering in the local government.
Others are: route prohibition and control of motorcyclist activities; environmental cleanliness and provision of dustbin refuse disposable bags; regulation on tree planting and cutting; food stuffs and regulated premises bye-law; and maintenance of sewage, tanks and drums bye-law.
The chairman of the local government, Apostle Oloruntoba Oke, said the council will give people of the local government one month grace to get adjusted to the new bye-laws before full implementation commences.
”Ordinarily, I would have signed the bills into bye-laws in my office but we decided to do it in the presence of members of the public who are really concerned about the issue and are affected directly. This was why we called stakeholders in the local government to witness the signing in of the bills into bye-laws.
”I want to congratulate our vibrant and sharp councillors for this historic feat.
”Today our names have been written in gold and in the record books of this local government because this is the first time this is happening in the local government,” Oke said.
He stated further that the council will distribute flyers and other awareness programmes including road signs on the affected streets to educate and enlighten people of the council on the laws.
The affected streets are: Thomas Salako street, Kayode street, Fadare street and Akinsanya street among others.