Kwara Assembly passes bill restricting governor from sacking elected LG chairmen

In the amended law, initiated by member representing Oke-Ogun Constituency, Barrister Kamal Fagbemi, it is now unconstitutional for the state governor to unilaterally dissolve democratically elected local government councils in the state.

Speaking during the consideration of the general principles of the amendment bill, Barrister Fagbemi had while urging his colleagues to ensure the passage of the bill, said the amendment became imperative in view of the fact that the principal law was inconsistent with the provision of the 1999 constitution.

The lawmaker, also averred that Section 7 of the 1999 constitution guarantees that Local Government shall be governed democratically, stressing that provision of section 18 of the State Local Government law No. 3 of 2006 was not in tandem with the provision of the nation’s constitution.

Members representing Essa/Shawo/Igboidun, Kaiama/Kemanji/Wajibe, Oloru Malete/Ipaiye, Edu, Ekiti, Share/Oke-Ode, Irepodun and Patigi Constituencies, Hons Hassan Oyeleke, Ahmed Ibn Mohammed, Adebayo Mohammed, Aliyu Ishiaku Adams,Felicia Ebun Owolabi, Jimoh Akanni Abdul Rahman, Mathew Babaoye and Shuaib Abdul Kadir had in their contributions, said that the current arrangement making Local Government Councils appendage of the state governments was against the wish of the founding fathers, aiming to make Local Government administration, a third tier of government to fast track grassroots development in the country.

(Tribune)