The Lagos State Government today explained reasons for the Executive Bill pending in the Lagos State House of Assembly
on Tenure Elongation, stressing that the intention of the state was to standardize government at the local government level and bring it at par with that of the state governors.
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Ademorin Kuye who made the revelation at a press conference in Lagos said there is the need to give elected chairmen enough time to really execute projects adding that he is sure that the Lagos State House of Assembly will soon hold a public hearing on the bill adding that the bill if passed will completely obliterate the cost of conducting frequent elections in the local governments.
“The bill is for tenure of Local Government chairmen to be increased to four years. But of course we have given it to elected representatives at the House of assembly. I am sure that they will have a public hearing on it, but the reason for it is that there is need for us to standardize government at the local government and there is the need for us to give the Local government chairmen time to really execute project and if you remember, the cost of conducting these frequent elections, the manpower and resources that goes into these regular elections cannot be quantified”, he said.
He acknowledged receipt of petitions from councillors in some local governments, adding that the ministry has put machinery in motion to resolve issues concerned adding that what actually transpired between the councillors and their chairmen was lack of understanding of governance at the local government as new comers in the area. He said that with sufficient orientation, via seminars and workshops, the councillors would align with the thinking of governance in the state.