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Lagos govt to make case for special status, listing of LCDAS 

Lagos govt to make case for special status, listing of LCDAS 


Ayodele Olalere

Lagos State government on Saturday resolved to push before the national assembly  the recognition  of  the 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) among the 774 local governments in Nigeria  in the ongoing constitutional review process , with a view to legalising the council development areas.

The resolution was reached in a communiqué issued at the end of the 18th edition of the Executive/Legislative parley  organised by the Office  of Political, Legislative and Civic Engagement, with the theme, “Engaging All for an Inclusive Governance : Hands On for a Greater Lagos Rising,”

Participants at the two-day parley held at Eko Convention Centre agreed  there is a need for collaboration between the executive, national assembly members representing the state and members of the state  legislature in advocating for a “Special Status”  for Lagos in the ongoing constitution review;

The communiqué signed by the Special Adviser, Office of Political, Legislative and Civic Engagement Dr. Afolabi Abiodun Tajudeen stressed the need to create awareness and educate the citizenry on the importance and roles of each arm of government.

Other resolutions reached at the parley includes prioritisation of  citizens’ welfare by political office holders  above personal interest and ambition in the discharge of their constitutional roles and responsibilities, suspension of some taxes, levies, charges, and rates for a few months, as well as introduction of rebates where necessary for the most vulnerable in order to alleviate the pains of the current economic challenges.’

The parley also recommended   regular meetings of the  governor, members of the national assembly representing Lagos State and members of the Lagos State House of Assembly to foster robust relationship.

It was also recommended  that the state government should reactivate the school feeding programme for primary schools in the state,  harmonious relationship with the  Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through senatorial districts’ town hall meetings,  continued to enhancement of  the Public Works Corporation (PWC) to adequately address the issue of bad/inner roads to reduce gridlocks, as well as expediting  action on the proposed establishment of a Lagos Airline to enhance the economic prosperity of Lagos.