Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said the administrative and financial autonomy enjoyed by local governments and local council development areas for almost two decades is not granted for nothing, but given to achieve a bottom-up growth model for the acceleration of coordinated development across the state.
He said it’s time for work, not political vendetta, adding that councils, as the closest tier of government to the people, must justify their autonomy by initiating people-oriented policies and programmes, which must focus on improving the lives and livelihood of citizens at the grassroots.
Sanwo-Olu gave the advice yesterday at the swearing-in of local governments and local council development areas chairmen elected in the council elections conducted last Saturday.
The chairmen and their deputies took the oath at a ceremony held at the State House, Alausa.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) swept the chairmanship seats across the 57 councils.
The party’s overwhelming victory at the polls, Sanwo-Olu said, again demonstrated Lagosians’ faith in the APC.
He urged the council chairmen to uphold the people’s confidence and reciprocate the trust by prioritising the welfare of the citizens in decision making.
The governor advised the chairmen not to take position as an opportunity to eliminate their political opponents, but should use their energy to work for the people.
He said: “Today, we are witnessing the dawn of a new era in local government administration in Lagos State. A resounding statement has been made, once again, that Lagos is APC, and that the people of Lagos continue to regard our party as the most viable and most credible political choice.”