Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state has endorsed four-year tenure for Local Government chairmen and other elected council representatives.
The governor on Thursday signed into law the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) Amendment law, Local Government Administration Amendment law and the Local Government Election Tribunal Second Amendment law at the State House, Ikeja which have paved way for four-year tenure for council chairmen and others.
The State House of Assembly had recently approved the four-year tenure for council chairmen and other representatives but the governor’s signing seals the law. The four-year tenure is under the Local Government Administration Amendment law.
Speaking while signing the three bills into law, governor Ambode said the need to amend the law arose as a result of current trend in the political space to prevent a laccuna in certain instances. He said;
“The LASIEC amendment law seeks to create the commission to regulate election matters. The need to amend the law arose as a result of current trend in the political space to prevent a laccuna in certain instances.
“Some of the highlights of the amendment include the empowering of the Commission to review the de-alienation of wards in each Local government of the state at intervals of every 10 years and division of each Local government into not less than 10 wards and not more than 20 wards.”
The governor therefore, urged residents to see the passage of the laws as a further institutionalization of the rule of law in the state and commitment of his administration to local government reforms, as the local government system was crucial to grassroots development, adding that the new laws were clear demonstration of a new golden era where the local government system would experience renaissance to create prosperity and good governance for the people.
“By the assent of these bills into law, LASIEC Is empowered to commence necessary administrative processes that will translate to the composition of the local government structure.”