The Lagos State House of Assembly has suspended Tajudeen Ajide, Chairman of Surulere Local Government Area, and two of his colleagues over alleged disregard for the guidelines governing their activities
The other suspended chairmen are Ogidan Mukandasi Olaitan of the Lekki Local Council Development Area and Suleiman Jelili of Alimosho Local Government Area, according to a statement on the assembly’s website on Tuesday.
The LGA chairmen were suspended after Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho 1 State Consitutency), who is the chairman of the House Committee on Commerce and Industry, raised a complaint against Olaitan on how rude he had been.
Their suspension was unanimously approved by members of the House in a voice vote with no opposition.
According to the statement, Yusuff “complained that Olaitan even accused the lawmakers carrying out an oversight function on a memorandum of understanding in relation to the issue that arose from a resettlement programme in Lekki of being ignorant of their jobs.
“He further said the council chairman had total disregard for those in his domain who he was elected to govern.
“According to him, his action, even as a lawyer, was an insult to true governance and respect for the authority.
“Supporting Yusuff, another lawmaker, Hon. Fatai Mojeed (Ibeju-Lekki 1), named Jelili and Ajide as having issues against them that are being investigated.
“He urged his colleagues to suspend the chairmen pending the outcome of the investigations and to serve as a deterrent to others.”
Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker of the Assembly noted that the House had received petitions from many councillors in the state against sitting chairmen.
Obasa insisted that the House cannot continue to watch while council chairmen flout the laws they were supposed to uphold.
“Total disregard for the local government guideline is something that should not be tolerated.
“We cannot continue like this. We can’t be breeding monsters in our local government councils.
“This will also serve as a deterrent. We have received many petitions from councillors,” Obasa lamented.,” Obasa said.
The Speaker directed the Clerk of the House, Olalekan Onafeko to write to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and others concerned about the decision of the House.