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Lagos inaugurates Administration Committee for better LG impact

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A 19-member committee on Local Government reformation has been inaugurated in Lagos State.

Performing the task, Mrs Folashade Jaji, Head of Service, Lagos, said the development was to ensure that residents feel the impact of local government.

She said that most residents don’t feel the impact of their LGs as expected despite the huge human and material resources available in their domain for the development of their communities. She said that was why the LASG inaugurated the committee to find a missing link.

She also said the exercise was to demonstrate the commitment of Governor Ambode to reposition public service in the state.

Jaji noted: “As we all are aware, the LG is the third-tier of government being the closest to the people. As the first point of contact, LGs directly determines the what, when and how citizens can benefit and enjoy the dividends of democracy through quality services delivery and provides the basis for the assessment of government’s programmes and performance. And there is no gain-saying that for quite some time now, citizens have not felt much impact from their LGs. This is despite the huge human and material resources available in their domain for the development of their communities.

“In the attempt to find the missing link, government tried the Community Development Association (CDAs) approach; still without success. It is against this backdrop that the Lagos Governor decided that there is an urgent need to address the administrative, governance structure and service delivery processes and procedure in Local Governments across the State”.

She said from henceforth, LGs in Lagos are expected to produce a stronger and a more efficient administrative system with greater ability to deliver quality of services required in an emerging megacity like Lagos.

Consequently, she said: “The committee would among other things, examine the structure and current practice of LG Administration in the state, examine the factors militating against optimum performance and quality service delivery by LGs in the state. They are to also examine the modalities for instituting inter-service exchange of staff, knowledge and skills between the state and LG services; examine the modalities for the establishment of an institutionalized Human Resource Capacity Development and Management policy for LG in the state, as well as other recommendations that would assist in enhancing service delivery in LG administration in Lagos.”

Saying she has confidence in the ability and competence of the chairman and members of the committee to discharge their responsibilities as spelt out in their term of reference, Jaji said they would commence sitting immediately because they have only two weeks to submit their report and recommendations which would be critically examined by the LASG for immediate implementation.

Otunba Nurudeen Ojora-Adejiyan, Committee Chairman, described it as a step in the right direction, assuring Governor Ambode that they would work to discharge on their responsibilities within the stipulated time.

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