Wednesday 29 October 2014

Lagos State Govt asks 57 Council Chairmen to quit office with immediate effect

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday directed all the chairmen and other political appointees in the 20 local government areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to quit office with immediate effect.

The directive was contained in a statement by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Aderemi Ibirogba, stating that the tenure of all political appointees in all the councils expired on Tuesday.

The statement said the three-year statutory tenure of all council chairmen and councillors in the state “expires on October 28,” which it said, made it mandatory for them to vacate their offices in line with the directive.

The statement added that all affected officials, including supervisors, council secretaries and other political appointees “are legally required to vacate their offices by close of business on the same day.”

“Chairmen are hereby directed to co-ordinate the exercise and hand over to the Council Managers in their respective local governments who will take charge of the administration until further notice.”

The statement clarified that the new political officials “will resume office after the next local government elections to be scheduled and conducted by the state Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) upon completion of the continuous voters’ registration, ward re-delineation and polling booth re-distribution exercise embarked upon by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”

Credit: Gboyega Akinsanmi/ThisDay

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