By Tordue Salem
ABUJA – The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Governmental Affairs, Mr.Â Leo Ogor (PDP/Isoko-Delta State), yesterday urged the Lagos State Government to revert to its 20 local councils recognised by Constitution or risk being left in the cold by the National Assembly.
”We are not going to list the Local Council Development Areas created by Lagos State in the Constitution. Itâ€™s not even the issue of Lagos State having the powers under the constitution to create the LCDAs, itâ€™s about the Rule of Law.
”The creation of those LCDAs breaches section 162 subsections 7 and 8,”’ he said
â€œWhat the Lagos State Government is doing at the moment is taking law into its hands. For example the Government of Lagos is taking the funds meant for 20 local Councils and dividing it between 57 local government councils. That is wrong. The Constitution recognises only 20 local governments in Lagos .
The Supreme Court Ruling on this matter, though ordered the Federal Government to release funds meant for Local Government in President Obasanjoâ€™s time, it restricted the ruling to only 20 local governments, not 57â€, he argued.
The Lawmaker stressed that â€œwhat the Lagos State Government is doing at the moment, is a total breach of the 1999 Constitutionâ€™
He said â€œNo matter how good the intention of the Lagos Government is it has erred in lawâ€.
The legislator added that the conduct of Elections into those LCDAs was illegal and must not repeat in 2011.
â€œYou cannot conduct elections into the new local governments, it is illegal. It is criminal. It is a criminal offence hold elections in those illegal Local Councils,â€ he submitted.