Developing Story: Lagos LG Chairmen Dare Ambode, disregard Governor’s SLGs, Supervisors list

The Executive Chairmen of Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) across Lagos State have embarked on what seems like a political tug of war as many of them have disregarded and discarded the Secretary to the Local Government (SLG) and the Supervisory Councillors (Super) list authorised by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

BarometerNG can confirm that the Executive Chairmen of Agbado Oke-Odo LCDA; Arogun Augustine Adeoye,  Agboyi Ketu LCDA; Mayor Dele Oshinowo, Alimosho LG; Hon. Jelili Sulaimon, Ikosi Isheri LCDA; Engr. AbdulFattah Oyesansa, Kosofe LG; Hon. Babatunde Shofola, Mosan Okunola LCDA; Princess Olabisi Adebajo, and Orile Agege LCDA; Sunday Babatunde and others have held their inauguration of SLGs and Supervisors which is different from the one on the list announced by the State government.

However, BarometerNG can confirm that the Executive Chairmen of Oriade LCDA; Hon. Akinola Hassan Ramotalai Olarewaju inaugurated the SLGs and Supervisors as authorised by the State government.

Lagos State Government, on Thursday 2nd November, announced the appointment of Secretaries to the Local Governments (SLGs) and Supervisors for the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas.

This was contained in a statement by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Tunji Bello.

He noted that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode authorised the appointments in line with the provisions of the Lagos Local Government Administration Law and the Guidelines for Administrative Procedures for Local Government.

It will be recalled that a memo that was leaked to the media stated that the Lagos State House of Assembly directed the State Commissioner for Local Government and Community Matters, Mr. Muslim Folami to desist from intervention in the compilation of the list of executive members for Local Government administration in the state.

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The development was as a result of the mass protest by leaders of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in most Local Governments and LCDAs in the state over Governor Ambode’s alleged imposition list.

In a letter with reference no.: LSHA/FAD/0/155/82 dated 3rd November 2017 and signed by the Clerk of the House, Mr. A.A Sanni titled: APPOINTMENT OF SUPERVISORS TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT COUNCILS/LOCAL COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT AREAS, the House called the attention of the Commissioner to the law guiding such appointments.

The letter read thus:

“In consonance with the provisions of the Local Government administrative guidelines 2011,which empowers the Chairman of Local Government/Council Development Areas to appoint Supervisors and Special Advisers, I am to inform you to note the clause in section 10.1(1) which states that such appointments must be ‘with confirmation of the Legislative Council’.
2. Consequently, you are kindly requested to ensure compliance with the above-mentioned provision before the appointed officials are sworn-in.This is also applicable to the post of Secretary to the Local Government/Council Development Areas.
3. Thank you and take note”.
The Ministry acknowledged the receipt of the letter same day.

Immediately after the announcement by the State Government, in what looks like a fight over space and territory, Hon Abdullahi Enilolobo has vowed to dare Governor Akinwunmi Ambode over the list of the Secretaries to the Local Government and Supervising Councillors.

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Since the list was released by the party and circulated to the Chairmen, Hon Abdullahi Enilolobo, with some Alimosho leaders, vowed to upturn the list and direct Chairmen under Alimosho to go ahead and swear-in lists compiled by them, claiming that Alimosho is not a territory governor Akinwunmi Ambode can dabble into politically.

The appointed SLGs and Supers not directly nominated by the Alimosho leaders have been under threat.

KosofeReporters reported that the Mayor Dele Osinowo of Agboyi Ketu and Engr. AbdulFattah Oyesansa of Ikosi Isheri LCDAs have the backing of Hon. Bayo Oshinowo, (Pepper)  a 5th term Lagos House of Assembly member. He was reported to have blatantly refused the suggested list of candidates presented by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to the Local Government.

An unconfirmed report on social media states that ”the six Local Governments in Alimosho now under siege by the State Governor in respect of the swear-in of SLGs and Supervisors that were scheduled for this morning was abrogated by Gov. Ambode, summoning the concerned SLGs and the Supervisors to report to Alausa tomorrow morning. This political tug of war was displayed as a result of dishonouring of the lists from the Governor’s office.”

More details later…

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