The Lagos State House of Assembly has suspended three local government council chairmen over alleged breach of their councils’ guidelines.
In plenary on Tuesday, the House said it could no longer continue to watch while the Council Chairmen stubbornly flout the state’s local government rules.
The decision was unanimously passed by a majority voice vote following reports from the representatives of the LGAs.
The suspended chairmen include 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.
Honourable Bisi Yusuff representing Alimosho 1 raised the complaint against Olaitan.
Yusuff who is the chairman of the House Committee on Commerce and Industry had explained that Olaitan fails to regard the assembly, which he said was an insult to true governance and respect for the authority.
But Honourable Fatai Mojeed (Ibeju-Lekki 1) suggested the call for their suspension pending the investigation of the claims.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, while speaking on the issue, noted that the House has also received petitions from many councillors in the councils in the state against some serving LG chairmen.
He said the House could no longer allow the council chairmen flout the laws they were supposed to uphold because it would mean creating a precedence of disobedience to the law by council chairmen especially at a time the state was planning elections into the councils.
“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, this is the time to take action.
This will also serve as a deterrent to others as we have received many petitions from councillors,” Obasa warned.
The speaker directed the Clerk of the House, Barrister Olalekan Onafeko to write to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and others stakeholders about the decision of the House.
The House later adjourned sitting to Tuesday, May 18, 2021.