Chairmen of local governments in the Badagry Division of Lagos State have described the legislative oversight functions of the Lagos State House of Assembly as a measure to put them on their toes in delivering public goods.
The Council Chairmen, who spoke separately with journalists on Wednesday during the oversight tour of the House Committee on Local Government and Community Affairs to the three local governments under the division, said that they would not disappoint the people on good governance.
In his comments, the Chairman of Badagry LGA, Mr Olusegun Onilude, said that the visit was a welcome development as the House Committee had come to inspect projects and assess staff welfare.
Onilude added ” The visit by the lawmakers is a welcome development to us, as they have come to inspect our projects and find out the welfare of staff of the local government, this will put us on our toes and spur us to do more, especially when we remember they are coming to inspect our works.
” We are aware people measure the performance of even the state government through our deliveries that is why we can’t affort to let them down because it would affect people’s perception about the government in Lagos state”.
The Chairman of Olorunda Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mr Samson Olatunde, who corroborated his Badagry LGA counterpart, said ” we represent the government at the grassroot.
We are charged with the responsibility of bringing government closer to the people, so we can’t afford to disappoint our people, we will continue to do more as the funds are made available”.
While fielding questions on why nursery pulpils at Our Lady of Fatima Primary School, Ganyingbo, in Badagry West LCDA, were receiving classes under a mango tree, the Executive Chairman of the council, Hon. Gbenu Joseph, explained that there were completed classrooms ready for the pulpils since year 2020 but that the LCDA was waiting for the governor or any state official to come and commission it before being used.
However, the Chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Olawale Olayiwola, directed that the pulpils should be moved to the classrooms while condemning the reason adduced by the Council Chairman.
“So far so good, we are impressed with the performance of all the chairmen in Badagry LGA and the two LCDAs except for where we met pulpils learning under the mango tree but I have given a directive to the contrary.
We are going to be doing this periodically because it enables us to see the areas where the LGAs need to improve and we will commend them where we see outstanding performance like webhave done here in Badagry “, said Olayiwola.