CHANGE: No More Special Adviser Office At LG Level

Report gathered that the Lagos State Government has abolished the office of Special Adviser at the local government level.

It also reviewed some administrative procedures for the 57 local government and local council development areas in the state.

The changes were announced at a stakeholders’ meeting of the state government with Executive Secretaries, Council Managers and others on the revised guidelines on administrative procedure for local government in Alausa, Ikeja.

The Lagos State Head of Service, Mrs. Folashade Jaji, said, “Part of the reforms include the change in the designation of Council Manager to Head of Administration, abolition of Special Advisers at the Local Government level and limitation of technical department to two, while the number of units is also pegged at five in each council.”

The Head of Service added that the new guidelines on administrative procedure would enhance the management of resources and ensure community participation.

She said, “As you are all aware, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has assured Lagosians of ensuring grassroot development and has also urged all stakeholders to collaborate with the state government in the provision of infrastructural amenities in our various communities.”

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The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr. Jafar Sanuth, said the guidelines on administrative procedure were part of government’s reforms in ensuring proper accountability at the grass roots.

He said any reforms introduced at the state level would be recreated at the local government level while the capacity of staff would be enhanced.

The Chairman of LG chairmen association (Conference 57), Mr. Kolade Alabi, commended Ambode for the reforms, adding that the councils would observe the changes to the letter.

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