- Hon. Rashidat Omolola Essien of the Lagos Mainland local government of Lagos state has been in Canada since October 5, a media outlet has claimed
- According to reports, she left the shore of the country for Canada following a deteriorating right knee
- Going further, the report indicated that she has been conducting the affairs of the council, holding management meeting and giving approvals to vouchers via zoom
In a development that will surprise many Nigerians, a local council chairperson in Lagos state has been conducting the affairs of the council, holding management meeting and giving approvals to vouchers via zoom in the last three months.
According to a media report, the chairperson of the Lagos Mainland local government of Lagos state, Hon. Rashidat Omolola Essien has been in Canada for the past three months.
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Tribune Newspaper reports that she went for a knee surgery in Canada since October following a deteriorating right knee.
According to a member of staff at the council who craved anonymity, the absence of the council chairperson has rendered all the nine elected councillors inactive, saying, none of them could implement or embark on any programme without her approval.
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The source said:
“The council chairperson has been battling worsening right knee injury even before her inauguration on July 27. This is why she had to travel to Canada for surgical operation."
"She has been away for three months and her absence has adversely affected activities at the council. It has also affected development projects as nothing could be done in her absence."
"In other local government areas and LCDAs across the state, we have seen and heard how their chairmen celebrated 100 days in office with the commissioning of projects, but here in Lagos Mainland, Hon Essien was away in Canada where she is recuperating from her knee surgery hence she couldn’t mark her first 100 days in office."
"Although she didn’t officially handover authority to anyone, a civil servant and politician, Mr Logun Taofeek is acting on her behalf while she communicates with the council management and councillors through zoom meeting."
"She also approves vouchers through zoom while Taofeek signed after he must have held a zoom meeting with her where he sought her approval. In fact I can say that her absence has grounded activities at the council."
"There has not been any form of development and empowerment programmes since the inauguration of this current administration."
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In another report, the Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday, December 23, approved a request by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for a loan of N18,225,336,103.89 billion from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning.
The loan is meant to ensure speedy completion of projects like the Lekki-Epe Expressway.
The approval was granted at a sitting presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, after which a report on the loan request was laid and presented by the chairman of the House Committee on Finance, Hon. Rotimi Olowo.