GOVERNANCE: In place of elected chairmen, the 57 Local Government and Local Council Development Areas of Lagos State on Monday got Executive Secretaries.
The Executive Secretaries are to look after the affairs of the councils pending when elections would be held to fill the positions of council chairmen in the state.
The councils were, for many weeks now, being managed by council managers following the expiration of the tenures of the council chairmen and a directive by the State Governor, Babatunde Fashola that they hand over to the council managers.
Inaugurating the Executive Secretaries on Monday at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Lagos, the governor charged the appointees to focus attention on their primary responsibilities at the grassroots level.
The Governor said that the Executive Secretaries were being inaugurated to ensure that there was no vacuum in service delivery at the local government level and that the new Executive Secretaries who would serve for a transitional three months period with four advisory members each must ensure that they secure life and property in their respective areas.
“My first mandate to you is to go and integrate all members of your communities, whatever part of Nigeria that they come from, whatever religion they profess, whatever language they speak, whatever type of dress they wear,” Fashola said.
Fashola said the Executive Secretaries would serve till March 1st at the first instance after which the tenure could be renewed.
Justifying the action, the Governor explained that Lagos has always prided itself over the last few years as it had always complied with the constitution by ensuring that there is a democratically elected local Government structure.
He stated that the state could not issue election notice at the Local Government level yet because despite the fact the conduct of election at that level is the responsibility of States, the voters register update process has not been concluded by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) whose responsibility it is.