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By Ola Akanni

The LGAs and LCDAs chairmen elected in the State’s council elections conducted last Saturday have taken oath of office alongside their vice chairmen at the State House, Alausa.

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu tasked them to justify their autonomy by initiating people-oriented policies and programmes, which must focus on improving the lives and livelihood of citizens at the grassroots.

Recall, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) swept all the chairmanship seats across the 57 local councils.

The party’s overwhelming victory at the polls, Sanwo-Olu pointed out, yet again demonstrated Lagosians’ faith in APC, urging the council chairmen to uphold the people’s confidence and reciprocate the trust by prioritising the welfare of their citizens in decision making.

Since the inception of the fourth republic, he said Lagos had not created any vacuum in local government administration.

The Governor advised the chairmen not to take position as an opportunity to eliminate their political opponents, but 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 for the most populous State and biggest subnational economy in the country. We consider this overwhelming support as a vote of confidence in our administration and our great party, and it will never be taken for granted.

“I congratulate the newly elected chairmen and vice chairmen across all the LGAs and LCDAs. Your victory is an affirmation of trust in your competence, capacity and capability to discharge the responsibility of the Office you are stepping into. Being the closest tier of Government to the people, any gap or shortcoming in administration will be keenly felt by the people. As a result, your policies and programmes must be people-oriented, focusing on how to improve the lives and livelihood of the people at the grassroots.”


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