Nigeria -- and the beginning of a return to civilian rule. In Lagos on Friday?
GV: City Hall, Lagos, SV City Hall and LV 'Welcome' sign outside. (3 shots)
CU:sign 'Reform of Local Government System in Lagos State of Nigeria.
SV INTERIOR: Lagos State Commander Adekunle Lawal enters hall and onto platform and says 'good morning'.
GV: local government officials and chiefs seated.
MVS: Lawal addressing gathering. (7 shots)
"Honourable commissioners, traditional chiefs, ladies and gentlemen. It affords me the greatest pleasure to address you on this occasion of the formal launching of the reform of local government system in this state. I wish to appeal, at this point, for the full co-operation of members of the public, in order to assure the success of this vital exercise. For the conduct of this election, and to ensure the success of the approved reforms on implementation, a committee consisting of independent permanent citizens and public functionaries, who themselves are not candidates of election, has been set up."
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Background: Nigeria -- and the beginning of a return to civilian rule. In Lagos on Friday (27 August) the government launched the campaign for the first civilian elections in eleven years.
SYNOPSIS: Civilian will go to the polls in November and December this year to elect local government councils, newly created to administer the 19 states in the national federation. The government says local elections are a key element in its programme for a return to total civilian rule by 1979. The army has been in power for more than ten years. On Friday, the campaign for local elections in Lagos State was launched by the State Governor, Commodore Adekunle Lawal.