Lagos State House of Assembly has called for review of administrative guidelines for Local Governments (LGs) and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in order to ensure effective governance in relation to societal advancement.
Hon. Sanni Okanlawon, the chairman House Committee on Local Government and Community Relations, raised the matter during a plenary session on Thursday.
Okanlawon highlighted the importance of reviewing the laws that govern local government and LCDAs to align them with current realities.
He expressed concern over reports of illegal acquisition of chieftaincy titles without proper guidelines, just as he urged his colleagues to support the review of the administrative guidelines to promote good governance.
The lawmaker suggested that the number of supervisors and special advisers in local government councils should also be properly regulated.
The call was supported by Speaker of the House Rt. Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who emphasised that it is the responsibility of the Assembly to make and update laws as needed.
Also during the session, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa 2) pointed out the inordinate way streets were named in Lagos.
He said in the past, streets were named after individuals who have made contributions to the development of their communities or the state and suggested that this practice should be re-examined.
Hon. Olusegun Ege (Ojo 1) proposed that the House address the issue of some estates in the state that lock their gates, leading to traffic congestion and other problems.
In his contribution, majority leader, Hon. Noheem Adams, shared an incident from a recent oversight function on healthcare in the state, where they were denied entry into some estates.
He said these estates also have ongoing legal issues related to elections held within their premises and have not been granting access to government officials.
Some of the lawmakers suggested that the House review the laws governing residents associations as they are currently guided by Community Development Association (CDA) laws.