The senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Senator Oluremi Tinubu has suggested the listing of the state’s 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the constitution. She also wants the conferment of a special status on Lagos State.
She made the suggestion at the Lagos Central Senatorial District sensitisation and submission of memoranda on the 1999 constitution review held at her office in Yaba.
According to her, “The LCDAs created by Lagos State to foster grassroots development are yet to be listed in the constitution.
We should use this amendment process to demand the listing of these LCDAs in our constitution or ensure complete delisting of local governments from the constitution”.
The Senator also wants the conferment of a special status on Lagos State. “We have a responsibility to define the special status that would be suitable to the nature and character of Lagos State”, and added that the reason for the gathering was to call for more contributions of the public on the review of the constitution. She went on: “As we all know, 1999 constitution is a legacy of the military government which is not a true representation of the collective will of the people of Nigeria”.
She maintained that the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) consistently called for the complete overhaul of the 1999 constitution that would guarantee true federalism, good governance, and grassroots participation.
Chairman of the occasion, Hon. Adekunle Ali, lamented that Nigeria was not running true federalism but a military constitution, and said tha there was need for thorough review of it.
In a related development, stakeholders who submitted their memoranda, requested autonomy for local governments, inclusion of education in fundamental human rights and creation of state police, among others.
One of the stakeholders, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, said there was need for state police to curb armed robbery, adding that immunity clause should be retained in the constitution.