The Governor Ibikunle Amosunled administration in Ogun State has concluded plan to increase the number of local councils in the state from 20 to 52 by October, 2015
A highly placed source within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in the state, who confided in our correspondent on Wednesday, said the governor has set machinery in motion to create 32 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in addition to the existing 20 local government areas in the state.
This came as the state’s 20 local government chairmen were expected to hand over (vacate office) today, following the expiration of their threeyear tenure.
Amosun, who had declared his intention to create LCDAs before his re-election in April, held a valedictory meeting with the 20 council chairmen in Abeokuta yesterday.
The meeting was also attended by the state Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga, House of Assembly Speaker, Suraj Adekunbi, state APC chairman, Alhaji Roqeeb Adeniji, and top party chieftains.
It was learnt that the governor thanked the chairmen for their services to the state and ordered them to hand over government property in their possession to their respective heads of local government administration today.
Briefing reporters shortly after the meeting, held behind closed doors, Amosun restated his commitment towards bringing government closer to the grassroots.
He assured residents that his government, will fast track the creation of the LCDAs, adding that the state would set up transition committees to regularise the process of referendum for the creation.
Although the governor declined to disclose when the proposed LCDAs will take effect, he said the state House of Assembly would grant approval to their composition.
Amosun, however, stated that he would prefer the procedures and processes are completed within the next two to three months.
Speaking on behalf of the outgoing council chairmen, Hon. Rotimi Ramon of Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area, lauded the governor’s leadership style, which, according to him, had tremendously enhanced local government administration.
Ramon, who is the state chairman of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), however, called for urgent review of the revenue sharing formula to allow states and local governments have a fair deal.