By Olasunkanmi Akoni, Ebun Sessou & Monsur Olowoopejo
lagos—Following the resolution of the Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday relieving the Executive Secretaries of the 57 Local Governments Councils and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the State of their responsibilities, the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has approved the immediate dissolution of the Caretaker Committees.
In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Tunji Bello, the Governor also directed the Executive Secretaries to hand over the reins of administration to the Head of Administration in each of the Council Areas. Yesterday’s dissolution of the Caretaker committees is preparatory to the holding of elections into the 57 Council Areas by the State Government and ensuring that the necessary machineries are put in place preparatory to the elections.
The State House of Assembly had also on April 22 this year passed into law a bill recommending a four year tenure for elected Local Government helmsmen instead of the three years tenure that hitherto obtained. It would be recalled that the Caretaker Committees which was headed by Executive Secretaries were inaugurated by former Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola on January 5.
Lagos boost fight against HIV/AIDS scourge
Also, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, has expressed his administration’s commitment to increase response to the challenges confronting people living with HIV/AIDS in the state.
Meantime, for the second year in a row, Ambode has appealed to his family members, friends, political associates and well wishers wishing to place birthday congratulatory messages on his birthday June 14TH, through media adverts to channel such towards advancing the fight against cancer.
On the HIV/AIDS scourge, Ambode made the remark on Wednesday, at the meeting with a delegation of Global Fund at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The Executive Director of Global Fund, Dr Mark Dybul remarked that the proposed grant to the health sector in Lagos State is to fight the scourge against HIV/AIDS. Earlier in the week, Ambode had delivered a keynote address on the need to fast-track political involvement of governments in ending the AIDS scourge at the fast track cities conference on HIV/AIDS in New York.