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JUST IN: Lagos Assembly suspends Lekki, Surulere, Alimosho council chairmen for violating guidelines


Lagos State House of Assembly

Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday announced that suspended three Local Government Council Chairmen over alleged disregard for the guidelines governing their activities.

This was disclosed in a statement posted on its website.

The statement read that, “The House could no longer continue to watch while the council chairmen stubbornly flout the state’s local government guidelines.”

The three affected chairmen were identified as Hon. 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.

The report further stated that heir suspension was unanimously approved by members of the House in a voice vote with no opposition shortly after Hon Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho 1), chairman of the House Committee on Commerce and Industry, raised a complaint against Olaitan.

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Yusuff narrated to the House how Olaitan unruly behaviour and disregard for the Assembly has become unbearable in recent times.

“Olaitan even accused the members of the Assembly  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, Olaitan’s action, even as a lawyer, was an insult to true governance and respect for the authority,” he said.

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Hon. Fatai Mojeed (Ibeju-Lekki 1) also toed the line of Yusuff when he declared that his counterpart in Surlere and Alimosho, Jelili and Ajide, also have the temerity to question the rationale for his being investigated.

Consequently, Mojeed 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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“Speaker Obasa said that the House could not continue to watch while council chairmen flout the laws they were supposed to uphold.

“Total disregard for local government guidelines is something that should not be tolerated.

“We cannot continue like this. We can’t be breeding monsters in our local government councils,” Obasa said.

“We have received many petitions from councillors against many chairmen, this is the time to take action,” Obasa states.

After the proceeding, the Speaker directed the Clerk of the House, Barrister Olalekan Onafeko to write the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and others stakeholders about the decision of the House.