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Lagos Assembly suspends LG boss over misappropriation

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Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday suspended the chairman of the Ifako-Ijaiye Council, Mr. Oloruntoba Oke, for administrative incompetence and financial recklessness and directed the vice chairman, Mr. Usman Hamzat, to take over immediately.

The house also ordered the redeployment of the council manager, treasurer and engineer.

This followed the resolution of the house after receiving the report of the five-man panel, which probed the council. 

Chairman of the ad hoc committee, Rotimi Olowo, the investigation followed petitions from residents of the council.

The committee revealed that projects executed in the council so far were not commensurate with funds accruable to it.

It was also disclosed that the loan of N350 million accessed in 2012 during Oke’s first term in office was not appropriately expended.

The house pointed out that Oke also failed to abide by the administrative guidelines stipulated by the Assembly in 2011.

Member f the panel, Abiodun Tobun, noted that “from this report, we have observed that the heads of the council were working at variance with laws of the council.

“The council supposed to work in compliance with the state government in making dividends of democracy available to the people.”

The Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade, stated that the recommendations of the committee were predicated on the fact that “the councillors had already passed vote of no confidence on the chairman.”

Worried by the worsening traffic gridlock on Lagos roads, the house has called on contractors handling the repair works and the ministry of works to reschedule their work time outside the peak hours to avoid clogging traffic and inflicting more pains on Lagosians using the roads.

While urging the police and Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to stop all checkpoints, as they were further compounding the traffic situation, it tasked the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to up its game and ease the worsening traffic.

The house also called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to invest more on water and rail transportation to ease pressure on the roads.

These were the resolutions passed by the house at plenary yesterday after Temitope Adewale (Ifako-Ijaiye 1) moved a motion concerning the harrowing experiences of Lagosians on the roads in the past few weeks, due to on-going palliative works on some of the roads.

While commending the governor for trying to put stop gap measures pending when proper work would be done on bad roads, he however said the time of the work was making life unbearable for commuters.

Olowo agreed that the best time for the on-going work should be between 11pm and 5am as well as weekends or off-peak periods, saying police could be involved for security purposes, especially for the night work.

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