Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, today sworn-in former Vice-Chairman of Agbado-Oke Odo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Mr. David Oladapo Famuyiwa, as the new Executive Chairman of the Council.
At a modest ceremony held at the Banquet Hall, Lagos House, Alausa, Governor Sanwo-Olu charged the new Executive Chairman to ensure the continuation of programmes and services that will have positive impacts on the people in the LCDA.
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 reemphasize 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 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 efforts by discharging his responsibilities through people-oriented initiatives and programmes.
Sanwo-Olu also implored Famuyiwa to galvanise members of the Council to sustain the ongoing efforts by the State Government in sensitising residents of Agbado-Oke Odo on health measures issued to curb the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the State.
The Governor disclosed that the Government was in talk with stakeholders to establish another isolation centre in Alimosho area to strengthen the State’s response to the virus.
“I am confident that, if we continue to work together, we will achieve total victory in Lagos over COVID-19 pandemic,” the Governor said.
In his acceptance speech, Famuyiwa paid tribute to his late boss, Dr. Augustine Arogundade, noting that both had rancour-free relationship until the demise of the latter.
He pledged continuity of the projects and programmes started by the late Chairman, stressing 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.”
Famuyiwa’s inauguration is in 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.