Lagos state House of Assembly has begun investigation into the crisis brewing in Isolo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) legislative council.
The decision to investigate the crisis was reached after the Lawmakers deliberated the petition sent to the House by four aggrieved councillors of the LCDA.
In the petition read by the Acting Clerk of the House, Barr. Olalekan Onafeko on Monday during plenary session, the Leader of the Council, Councilor Remy Shittu, was accused of unduly suspended four councillors and passing of the 2021 Appropriation Bill within 24hrs.
Shittu was also accused of reckless use of power over the councillors as he sustained a motion to suspend two councillors for a day absenteeism.
Also, in the petition, the Executive Chairman of the Council, Mr Shamsideen Olaleye, was alleged to have presented 2021 Appropriation Bill before three councillors out of seven councillors and had it passed within 24hrs.
The petitioners, however, appealed to the House of Assembly to re-evaluate the suspension of the four councillors, passage of the budget and the issue of absenteeism.
Debating the petition, Hon. Rotimi Abiru ( Somolu 2), said that the petition created a grave issue because the House appreciates budget in governance, adding that ” Budget approval is one of the most greatest and serious responsibilities of the legislature apart from lawmaking.
Abiru maintained that the issue should be seriously looked into and pertinent for the House to take adequate actions.
Also, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Somolu 1), noted that the development is one too many, adding that “it is a reckless incursion of the executives into legislature. Muscle flexing to deflate the legislature,procedures should be religiously followed. It is a breach of procedures,I suggest that an adhoc committee should be constituted to nip it in the bud”.
Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu ( Eti Osa 1), however, raised a point of order that the issue bothered on budget of the council and so it must be accorded the required urgency it deserve.
” It is very unfortunate the budget is a very crucial process, government use tax instruments to make the public know the envisaged expenditure for legislative scrutiny at different stages. This cannot be possible in 24hours, I support the move that a committee be set up to stall it”, said Yishawu.
Also, the Chairman of the House Committee on Local Government Administration and Community Affairs, Hon. Abdulsobur Olawale, reflected on his experience across the councils visited recently in an oversight function.
“I totally condemn the barbaric action taken by the two local governments council Chairmen they ought not to be doing this,they have put the councillors under their armpit”, said Olawale.
Meanwhile, WesternPost gathered that the Leader of the Council, Remy Shittu, had been suspended indefinitely from the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the party chairman in Isolo LCDA, Barr. Gani Bello.
In a related development, Councilor Akanni Usman, Leader of the Council, Ikosi Isheri LCDA, in a petition to the House of Assembly, appealed to the House to intervene in the frosty relation between the council and the executive Chairman, Mayoress Semiat Bada.
Usman claimed that Bada misappropriated public funds and allegedly deprived the council of its statutory emoluments and also instigated some councillors to boycott sitting.
The Speaker of the House, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, directed the House joint committee of Public Account Committee (Local) and Local Government Administration and Community Affairs to critically look into the unscrupulous developments in Isolo and Ikosi Isheri LCDAs.
“Beyond the issue of the budget, there is need to address the victimisation and threats of councilors by Council chairmen; and the introduction of thugs into the Local Government chambers to beat up councilors is something we must not allow and wherever it happens we must assert appropriate sanctions; we must ensure that such Chairman does not escape the consequence of such act.” Obasa maintained.
Also, the House received a letter from the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget seeking approval to expend from the special expenditure to procure vehicles for official use by various Ministries, Departments and Agencies to aid effective and efficient service.
The Speaker, however, committed the request to the House Committee on Economic Planning and Budget to report back on Thursday.