Conference of Local Government Executive Secretaries in Lagos State has debunked allegation by former Minister of Works and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Adeseye Ogunlewe, accusing Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of causing under-development at the grassroots by deducting 80 per cent from funds accruing to local governments in the state. Executive Secretaries in a press conference on Thursday described the allegation by Ogunlewe as a blatant lie.
Executive Secretary of Bariga Local Council Development Area, LCDA, and Chairman of Conference of Local Government Executive Secretaries, Hon Alabi Kolade, who addressed journalists alongside his colleagues, wondered why the former minister suddenly discovered his love for Lagosians so much that he felt it was his responsibility to raise the allegation.
The executive secretaries said in the last five months they have had the opportunity of working with Governor Ambode, whose deep passion for the autonomy of local governments was immeasurable, adding that the respect the governor has for political and administrative personnel was equally exemplary.
While urging the public to disregard the allegation, the executive secretaries said rather than deduct from the local government funds, Ambode, instead, elected to empower the 20 local government councils and 37 LCDAs in the state.
While assuring that the local governments and LCDAs in Lagos State are up to the task of speeding up development and responding to the demands of Lagosians, the council bosses emphasised that it is on record that since the administration of former Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Lagos has never defaulted in the payment of salaries to all teachers and staff.
Besides, the executive secretaries urged the National Assembly to legislate the 37 LCDAs in Lagos into local governments and allocate one per cent of the revenue of the federation to Lagos, which is the highest contributor to the Gross Domestic Product, GDP.
Source: National Mirror Nigeria