Lagos Assembly suspends three LG Chairmen

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The Lagos State House of Assembly has suspended three local government Council Chairmen over alleged disregard for the guidelines governing their activities. The House said it could no longer continue to watch while the Council Chairmen stubbornly flout the state’s local government guidelines.

The affected chairmen included Honourable Ogidan Mukandasi Olaitan of Lekki Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Suleiman Jelili of Alimosho Local Government Area and Tajudeen Ajide of Surulere Local Government Area. Their suspension was unanimously approved by members of the House in a voice vote with no opposition shortly after Honourable Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho 1) raised a complaint against Olaitan. Honourable Yusuff who is the chairman of the House Committee on Commerce and Industry narrated to his colleague how Olaitan had been allegedly unruly and had disregard for the Assembly.

He complained that Olaitan accused the lawmakers of carrying out an oversight function on a memorandum of understanding in relation to an issue that arose from a resettlement programme in Lekki. He further said that the council chairman had total disregard for those in his domain who he was elected to govern. According to him, his action, even as a lawyer, was an insult to true governance and respect for the authority. Commenting, Honourable Fatai Mojeed (Ibeju-Lekki 1), mentioned Jelili and Ajide as questioning the rationale for being investigated.

Mojeed then urged his colleagues to suspend the chairmen pending the outcome of the investigations on the allegations made against them to serve as deterrents to others. The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, while speaking on the issue, noted that the House had received petitions from many councillors in the councils in the state against some serving LG chairmen.

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