The Lagos State Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Dr. Wale Hamed on Wednesday commenced his familiarization visit to the 20 Local Government Councils and 37 Local Councils Development Areas (LCDA) in Lagos State.
Dr, Hamed who was redeployed in January 2020 by Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu from the Ministry of Special Duties to Local Government and Community Affairs kicked off his familiarization tour with the premier local government in the sub-Saharan Africa, the Lagos Island Local Government delineated by the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration in 2003 at the creation of the 37 LCDAs into Lagos East and Lagos West Councils for rapid sustainable development of the grassroots.
The former Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos Chapter first pay homage to the palace of the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Highness Oba Rilwan Akiolu before proceeding to the Lagos Island West LCDA.
The Executive Chairman Lagos Island West Prince (Hon.) Adetoyese Tijani Olusi and his Executives, Councillors and other stakeholders were on ground to welcome the Supervisory Commissioner and his entourage which included the Special Adviser on Chieftaincy Affairs to Governor Prince Bayo Osiyemi, Special Assistant to the Governor on Local Government and Community Affairs Hon Olusi, Permanent Secretary of the ministry Dr Salaami Taiwo Olufemi, Directors of the ministry which included Mrs Bisi Olufuwa Director Public Affairs and media crew.
The Permanent Secretary while highlighting the essence of the visit stated that it’s a fact finding visit to familiarize with the activities at the local government level, mostly developmental projects and the working relationship among the people.
On the expectations after the visit Dr Wale Hamed alluded that “We will be better informed about the activities of the local government administrations. When you’re informed you will be able to make suggestions and share ideas. We are able to identify those places that earnestly required state intervention” posited the Commissioner.
“So you need to first embark on such visit to be able to identify and familiarized with the actual needs and challenges. We are starting with the premiere local government, so we used the opportunity to first pay homage and courtesy call to the Olowo Eko, the permanent Chairman Lagos State Council for Obas and Chiefs, His Royal Highness Oba Rilwan Akiolu”.
“It has been a successful visit. With all our leaders in Lagos Island present. Most especially the Leader of GAC (Governing Advisory Council) Prince Oluyole Olusi and all the other leaders that you would expect were all in attendance, that gladden ones heart a lot”.
“You heard what the leaders said about what the chairmen here are doing and we also can see by ourselves”.
Prince of Lagos, Prince Tajudeen Oluyole Olusi Chairman of the Governing Advisory Council of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos in an interview with Lagos Panorama and other media at the event commended the council chairmen for their efforts in developing sustainable projects.
He stated that “You know it’s a familiarization visit by the Commissioner who just assumed office as the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs and it would also afford the Chairmen to give account of their activities. We are living witnesses to their good work, they have tried. They’ve performed excellently by my own standard.
“However there some other challenges that are bigger for them but meant for the state government. I have channelled this through the Commissioner”.
“For example in Lagos we have the Idumagbo Avenue that need major repair. Always waterlogged, it’s beyond the capacity of the Local governments. It’s a trunk-A road that is not in their schedule but the state government.
When asked by our correspondent on his view on the failure to legislate the 37 LCDA in Lagos State despite following all the requirements at their creation since 2003 by the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the octogenarian stated that “none legislating of the 37 LCDAs unfortunately is in accordance with our constitution. It’s part of the inadequacies of the system that we run”.
“But now that we are both in governments at the federal and state I am sure our representatives at the National Assembly will take necessary steps to ensure they are legislated” concluded the APC leader.
During his remark at the event Prince Olusi also gave an historical background on the establishment and construction of the City Hall now taken from the council who were the original owner of the city mall. “I was a councillor then and the chairman tender’s board that oversee the construction of the City Hall. The City Hall should be returned to the local government” he demanded.
The Chairman Lagos Island East LCDA Comrade Kamal Olawale Salau-Bashua stated that the visit is apt considering the fact that it would afford the supervisory ministry to appraise the real situation of things in the respective councils.
Comrade Salau-Bashua expressed gratitude to the Commissioner for the visit “We thank the commissioner for kicking off his familiarization visit with the premiere council, Lagos Island Local Government”.
He also appealed on for the state government’s intervention on the repair of Idumagbo Avenue and Adeniji Adele road.
He enumerated some of his achievements to include “so far in Lagos Island-East 21 roads have been rehabilitated, these are identifiable and verifiable roads. And 5 roads have been newly constructed with 3 commissioned and 2 in 75% complete stage”.
“But critically, Adeniji Adele and Idumagbo Avenue required serious repair and they affected both councils”.
On the preparation for the raining season the council Chairman noted that “in Lagos Island East a total of 157 drainages have been desilted and carted away. That is why last year and year before, Lagos is a coastal city being below sea level and Lagos Island further being below the sea level we had no major water challenge” concluded the eloquent soft-spoken Council Boss of the premiere local government in the sub-Saharan Africa.
Courtesy Lagos Panorama