By Olaolu Oladipo, Lagos
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has swore-in new sole administrators to oversee the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas in the State.
Speaking at the event held at the banquet Hall, Lagos House, Ikeja, Ambode said the appointment of the administrators was another step by his administration to deliver on its promise of a government of inclusion.
He said his administration was committed to its resolve to make governance at the grassroots vibrant and responsive.
â€œThe hallmark of any good Government is to provide basic services to the communities at the grassroots. This is the only way the real dividends of good governance can spread downwards and touch the hearts and minds of its people.
“Our State is growing so fast that the concept of the rural area will not be applicable to any part of Lagos very soon. Our government is working hard to meet the yearnings of our people who live in what I term semi-urban areas by providing them with services like water, good roads, street lights, efficient refuse collection, cleaning of drainage and roads, primary healthcare, recreational parks and sports facilities to make those areas liveable and economically viable,â€ he said.
Ambode said the decision to appoint the Administrators to manage the affairs of the Local Governments and Councils, followed the recent resolution passed by the House of Assembly which recommended that the previous local government committees be resolved.
He also charged the newly sworn in Sole Administrators to see their appointment as a call to service of the people, urging them to carry out their responsibilities efficiently.
â€œYou are relay runners on a journey of reform that will ultimately culminate in the election of accountable people that will carry on the baton of good governance for our people. For the duration of your race, I urge you to run the race efficiently with diligence so you do not betray the trust that has been placed in you.
â€œYour job is to go to the Local Governments you have been posted and make a difference to the lives of the people. You must touch lives and be prepared to have your lives also touched by our people. You must interact with the people, share their joys and pain, and reside among them. It is only through this symbiotic relationship that we can truly say we have begun to understand and serve our people,â€ he said.
He also warned the newly sworn-in appointees against abuse of office, saying that he would not hesitate to replace any Administrator found wanting in conduct and discharge of duties.
â€œA strict monitoring, control and feedback process will be put in place to ensure that there are no excesses or excuses. Strict accountability must be your watchword. Lagosians will be watching you and we will be watching you too,â€ he said.
Responding on behalf of the appointees, Sole Administrator of Bariga LCDA, Mr. Sanya Osijo thanked Governor Ambode for counting them worthy to be part of the development of the State, assuring that they would go all out to offer good governance at the grassroots.