Lagos state House of Assembly has charged the Six Executive Chairmen of Local Government and local Council Development Areas (LCDA) in Ikorodu Division of the state to improve on their Internally Generating Revenue (IGRs), tasking them to fashion out creative ways of generating funds to help the Councils develop in terms of infrastructure.
The six local councils are Ikorodu Local Government, Ikorodu West LCDA, Ikorodu North LCDA, Igbogbo Baiyeku LCDA, Ijede LCDA and Imota LCDA.
The Assembly said this through its House Committee On Local Government and Community Development, during oversight to the local councils on Monday.
Speaking with journalists after inspecting the councils’ projects, the House Committee Chairman, Hon. AbdulSobur Olawale, disagreed with the council chairmen on the claim of no funds, saying that there was enough funds from the federal and state governments to the local governments.
Olawale identifed lack of creativity on ways of generating funds to help the councils develop in terms of infrastructure by the council chairmen as challenge, saying that there was need for them to be reoriented and enlightened on funds generating strategies.
The Chairman said that the local governments were surrounded by commercial ventures even though they were agrarian communities.
“I don’t know what they mean by paucity of funds. You and I know that there is enough fund coming from the Federal as well as the state into the local government administration.
“What I discovered is that they are not putting genuine into the local administration funds. They are not using their creative ways to generate funds.
“Agreed, it is an agrarian area but still surrounded by many commercial ventures that they can tap on.
“The leadership of the council still need to be re-orientated and enlightened on how to generate funds.” said Olawale.
Similarly, a member of the Committee, Hon. Kehinde Joseph, said that the claims of paucity of funds was not tenable as they have not been able to measure up even with the given allocation.
Joseph questioned what they had been using their little allocations for even as most of them were yet to make severance payment to the political office holders before end of tenure.
“Before our visitation, I was one of those people that usually believe that Ikorodu does not have money.
“But, sincerely speaking, their level of allocation is not in commensuration with what they have done looking at what have been happening since most of them became chairmen over three and a half years ago.
“If they are saying they don’t have enough funds, are they judiciously spending the ones they have collected.
“As you have seen during the questioning, virtually none of them has made severance as they have been mandated to do for political office holders before the end of their tenure.” Kehinde said.
Earlier, the council Chairmen had identified lack of funds as the determining factor undermining infrastructural development in the area.
The Council Chairmen who spoke with journalists separately, said that they need more funds to rehabilitate roads in their communities.
Mrs Olajumoke Ademeyin-Jimbo, Executive Chairperson, Ikorodu West LCDA, said that efforts were made to jerk up the revenue of the council in order to meet its infrastructural needs.
Olajumoke said that the council was trying its best to do the ones it could due to its nature even as they need more funds to rehabilitate and tar the roads in the communities.
She, however, noted that part of her efforts was the acquisition and allocation of buses to each ward for easy mobility towards the purpose of generating revenue.
“We are in a move to improve our internally Generated Revenue (IGR). So, that is why we have got vehicles that will go ward by ward.
“We have five revenue buses now, with each for each ward so as to generate the revenue.
“Because of the nature of our local government, we are trying to do the ones we can do. Most of our roads are lengthy that more support.
“We need more money to tar our roads and that is why we subscribed to grading.
“We have approached the state to some of these roads and the states have come to offer assistance.” She said.
The Chairman, Ikorodu Local Government, Mr wasiu Ayodeji also acknowledged the challenge of finance as the council was divided into six.
“The challenge so pressing to us is finance. You know the ikorodu local government is splitted into six.” Wasiu said.