The Lagos State House of Assembly has ordered the leadership of the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas in the state to reduce the number of non-pensionable staff in order to save money for developmental projects.
According to the Punch, the House stated this in a report while announcing that it had approved the 2016 budget estimates for all council areas in the state.
A statement by the Speaker of the state Assembly Mr. Mudashiru Obasa on Friday said the approval of the budget was consequent upon the presentation of the report of the Joint Committee on the 2016 Appropriation of the LGs and LCDAs in the state as presented on the floor of the House on Thursday by the Chairman of the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Mr. Rotimi Olowo.
Each local government got between N1bn and N2bn, according to the statement.
However, in the report, which was adopted as a resolution of the House, the Assembly ordered the sole administrators of the local councils to pay all outstanding debts incurred by their predecessors.
“The LGs/LCDAs should explore all revenue sources and block leakages in order to improve on their Internally Generated Revenue,” the statement said.
The statement added, “The Committee on Local Government Administration and Community Affairs should monitor the payment of N8,575,000 being owed Mr. Adele Owolabi Elijah by the Apapa Local Government.
“Provisions made for the payment of severance to past political office holders and debts and outstanding liabilities of LGs/LCDAs in the 2016 Approved Budget should be adhered to.
“The state Commissioner for Finance and the State Accountant-General should ensure quarterly payment of the Land Use Charge and Wharf Landing fees to the LGs/LCDAs in the State.”
The state Assembly also directed the local councils to seek the approval of the House Committee on Local Government Administration and Community Affairs before obtaining bank loans.