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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday swore-in the chair and commissioners of the Local Government Service Commission.

<p class="has-drop-cap has-vivid-purple-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu urged them to work toward revamping the local government service.Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu urged them to work toward revamping the local government service.

The newly sworn in Chairman is Mr Kamal Baiyewu and the Commissioners are Mr Taofeek Adaranijo, Mr Ahmed Seriki, Mr Biodun Orekoya and Mr Akeem Bamgbola.

The governor congratulated them for being found worthy of the appointments based on their track records of service to the state.

According to him, the new appointees have been appointed in line with the policy of his administration to ensure that “round pegs are put in round holes’’.

“As former chairmen of local government councils and local council development areas, you have the requisite knowledge and experience to effectively discharge the responsibilities of your new offices.

“As we all know, the local government is the most important tier of government because it is the closest to the people.

“The policies implemented at the local government level are those with direct impact on the lives of the people.

“It is, therefore, imperative for us to ensure that we pay greater attention to local government administration if we are to achieve our objective of inclusive governance and enhanced service delivery at the grassroots level,´´ he said.

Sanwo-Olu urged them to do all they could to ensure that the electorate felt the impact of governance in local government councils and local council development areas.

He said that a critical factor in the attainment of grassroots development was the quality and commitment of the local government personnel saddled with the responsibility of ensuring smooth administrative processes and effective implementation of policies and programmes.

The governor said that the chairman and members of the commission had an important role of overseeing recruitment, promotion, discipline and career management.

“This is an onerous responsibility, which must be performed with a strong sense of purpose, and intentionality. You must exercise due diligence by ensuring that all your decisions are guided by relevant rules and guidelines.

“You must also strive to be fair and just in all your decisions because this will go a long way in boosting the morale of council workers.

“I am hopeful that you will provide visionary leadership that will eventually engender better councils with the capacity to meet the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

“As you begin work, I look forward to seeing a revamped local government service dedicated to accountability, efficient service delivery, grassroots transformation, and rural socio-economic development,´´ he said.

In his acceptance speech, the chairman of the commission, on behalf of his colleagues, thanked the governor for giving them such an opportunity to serve.

Baiyewu pledged their commitment to serve and to deliver a highly professional workforce that could compete with any civil service in the world.

The newly sworn in chairman pledged to follow the path of justice in Lagos State and Nigeria in all that they do.

The Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC has disbanded its taskforce on traffic control following complaints by members of the public on the excesses of the team.

Chairman of the Council, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido an ounces the dissolution on Monday in Abuja at a townhall meeting organized by the Federal Capital Territory FCT Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ.

He said the task force operatives had gone beyond the rules of engagement set out for them by the council.

While he apologized profusely for the indiscretions of the operatives, the council boss said the taskforce will now be replaced by the AMAC Marshal, a guard company owned by the council.

He said the AMAC Marshal guards would be well trained in collaboration with Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Directorate of Road Traffic Regulations (DRTS) before they will fully commence operations.

Earlier, Chairman of the FCT Council of the NUJ, Comrade said the town hall meeting was not an attempt to witch-hunt the council, saying the event was aimed at brainstorming on how to bring an end to the incessant harrassment of residents, including journalists, by AMAC taskforce.

The event which was declared open by a former Chairman of FCT Council of the NUJ, Mr Malachy Uzendu, had in attendance the Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council AMAC, Hon. Abdullahi Adamu Candido, his vice, Lawrence Onuchukwu, council officials, Director, Department of Outdoor Advertisement and Signage DOAS in the FCT Administration, Dr Babagana Adam and FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma who was represented.

Others were the FCT Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps FRSC, Ayuba Gora Wobin, Director Operations of the FCT DRTS, Mr Dele Yaro, Executive Director of CASER, Barr. Frank Tietie, representatives of various transport unions, members of the NUJ and the public.

The town hall meeting was necessitated by concerns from members of the public, particularly motorists, over the high-handedness, extortion and harassment by the taskforce.

AMAC authorities had severally stated that not all revenue collectors are genuine, however, the NUJ felt there was need to critically examine the character of the Taskforce and sift the wheat from the chaff.