Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has asked the new chairman of Agbado-Oke Odo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), David Famuyiwa, to bring development to the area by implementing people-oriented programmes.
Famuyiwa, a former deputy chairman of the LCDA, was sworn in on Tuesday by Sanwo-Olu to replace Augustine Arogundade, who died on June 2, this year.
Famuyiwa stepped into consonance with Chapter 89, Sections 24 and 25 of the 2015 Local Government Administrations Law of Lagos State, which provides legal backing for a vice chairman to take over the leadership of a council upon incapacitation or demise of the substantive chairman.
At the swearing-in held at the banquet hall of the State House, Alausa, Sanwo-Olu charged the new chairman to ensure the continuation of programmes and services that will have positive impact on the lives of the people across Agbado-Oke Odo community.
He said: “Local government is the third tier of government that is the closest to the people. As a result, your policies and programmes must be people-centric. I urge you to continue with the provision and facilitation of services that will directly and positively impact the lives of the ordinary people within the Agbado-Oke Odo community.
“I do not need to reemphasise that your assumption to this office today is coming at a very delicate time when we need all hands to be on deck across various levels of government. Given the position you previously occupied, I expect that this transition will be smooth. It is expected that you will bring to bear on governance, purposeful, tactful and result-oriented leadership that will not only deepen the significance of the Agbado-Oke Odo LCDA, but also enhance the living condition of the people.”
The governor assured the council boss and residents of the LCDA of his administration’s commitment to working with the council in delivering good governance and dividends of democracy in the area. He urged the chairman to complement the state government’s effort by discharging his responsibilities through local initiatives and programmes in the areas of construction and maintenance of inner roads, waste management, primary education, healthcare and security.
Famuyiwa in his acceptance speech, paid tribute to his late boss, noting that both had rancour-free relationship until Arogundade’s death.
He pledged continuity of the projects and programmes started by the late chairman, stressing that his leadership would increase the speed of governance to ensure the council meets its responsibilities to the people.
He said: “In the remaining period of our administration, we shall continue to work as a team on a path of efficient management of our resources, effective mobilisation of our people to ensure the completion of all ongoing projects and programmes of the government within the context of the development agenda of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration in the state,” he said.