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Lagos councils lament suspended personnel inadequate funding


Babatunde Rotinwa

Lagos State Local Government Service Commission has lamented inadequate funding of local councils, urging the state government to increase the commission’s revenue.

Chairman of the commission, Mr. Babatunde Rotinwa, who spoke at a one-day stakeholders’ meeting with the theme “A Bill for a Law to Repeal and Re-enact the Lagos State Local Government Service Commission Law, 2015 and for Connected Purposes,” organised by the state’s House of Assembly’s five-man ad-hoc committee headed by Kazeem Raheem, representing Ibeji-Lekki Constituency II, said: “We are recommending that while the state government pays the salaries of members of staff within the commission, other charges of the commission – the monthly running costs – should be funded directly from the subvention given to the local councils from the federal purse.

“This will reduce our begging. We are at their (local government administrators) discretion whenever one or two things are needed to be done” .

On the tenure of office for members of the commission, Rotinwa suggested five years to be in line with the civil service commission and other commissions in the state.

He also called for severance allowance at the end of the term of members of the commission.

Also, Chairman, Ijede Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Sadisu Jimoh, commended the House for the bill, and said that it would strengthen grassroots governance.

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