APC Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu promises to liaise with the National Assembly for listing of created LGs in the constitution

“Financial wizardry saves Lagos from strangulation by Obasanjo during the withholding of council funds” ….Tinubu

All the additional Local Government Areas created in some states in the country that followed due process would be considered for recognition under the Tinubu Presidency.

The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu gave this assurance in a statement released in Lagos.

He said the Executive arm of government will liaise with the appropriate committees at the National Assembly towards ensuring that the council areas created in conformity with the laws are listed in the constitution.

When he served as the Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu created additional 37 Local Council Development Areas in 2003.

The newly created Councils provided a platform to fast track socio-economic developments at the grassroots.

Despite withholding the council funds in Lagos for 22 months by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Tinubu was able to sustain funding of the Local Governments through financial wizardry.

The council funds seized was later released by the late President Umar Musa Yar Adua to the administration of Governor Babtunde Fashola.

Many states across the country also followed the antecedents of Tinubu in Lagos to create similar Local Governments in their respective states.

Former Governors Fashola, Ambode and the current helmsman, Sanwoolu followed the trajectory and succeeded in conducting council elections into the newly created councils.

Today, many public servants at the third tier of government in Lagos were able to build a career at the council as Council Treasurer, Council Manager, which is equivalent of level 15/16 in the civil service.

Sadly, the Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi who was also Governor of Anambra state for 8 years did not hold a single council election.

Hon Kehinde Bamgbetan,
Lagos APC PCC Media.

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