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Lagos Assembly Denies Involvement In LG Executive List


Tunde Ogunmola

The Lagos State House of Assembly has declared false, the purported rumour that it kicked against Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s imposed local government Executive list.

The assembly through it’s Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade in a statement yesterday said the claim was a misinterpretation of the position held by the House, as directed the state Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami.

According to him, the letter, which was titled “Appointment of Supervisors to the Local Government Councils/Local Council Development Areas,” was meant to guide the newly positioned Chairmen of Councils on the need for appropriate procedure.

He said: “It was to intimate them with the relevant provisions of the operational administrative guidelines which require the approval of the legislative arms of the respective councils to validate appointments into the local government Executive committees.

“This was deemed necessary to avoid unnecessary bickering and unpleasant corollaries that might be the consequences of an abridged process or procedure.

“It is needless to say that the Lagos State House of Assembly has unreserved esteem and regards for the office and person of the Governor and the thoughtful guidance routinely issued was not in any way intended to denigrate, dissipate or disrupt the processes but rather to enrich, enhance and further establish democratic tenets and institutions by ensuring that the principles of checks and balances are replicated in the renascent Local Government system.”

The assembly therefore expressed regret over the misinterpretation of their action, which they said is meant to foster the development of the state.

“The three arms of Government are clearly separated yet intricately and delicately fused. Consequently, they are inter- regulatory and inter-complimentary.

These are basic ideologies of democracy, which need not be subjected to ludicrous, delusive, derisive or divisive twists.”

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