A commissioner stated the state’s position.
Despite being at the forefront of the demand for true federalism, the Lagos State Government said it is opposed to granting autonomy to the third tier of government, the local councils.
The state’s position was made known by its Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Ademorin Kuye.
Mr. Kuye said those behind the agitation for autonomy for local government areas were not sincere but only pushing for it to score political points.
“The position of the government is that the clamour is not with sincere intention because it will not benefit the local governments.
“I have challenged people to go out there and find out if it is what the people want.
“Those clamouring are doing so for political gains; to use the local government to get elected into positions.’’
He said it was the same people that had earlier said there was no need for local governments that were now saying money should be given directly to the councils.
Mr. Kuye said the state government supported tenure elongation for local governments to give them more time to carry out their constitutional responsibilities.
“The decision of the State Executive Council is that the tenure of local governments be increased to four years.
“But of course, we have given it to the elected representatives in the Lagos State House of Assembly and I believe they will call for public hearing and people will air their views.
“ We feel there is a need to give sufficient time to local government chairmen to execute their projects”.
He also faulted a recent report from public hearings on constitution review suggesting the scrapping of state electoral bodies.
Mr. Kuye said such a recommendation would not augur well for the nation’s democracy.
Lagos is controlled by one of Nigeria’s opposition parties, the Action Congress of Nigeria, which has made stringent demands for true federalism.