The Governor of Osun, State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has said his administration is ready to breathe life into the newly created Local Council Development Authorities with the submission of the report on boundary delianation and Assets sharing by the various committees.
The Governor also stated that a team that will make an official presentation of the newly created councils to the National Assembly are already working to ensure that an approval is given and to make it part of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Governor stated this in his office while receiving the reports of the committees set up on the boundary delianation and adjustment as well as the report of the assets sharing committee for the newly created LCDAs and Area offices.Aregbesola held that the old and new Local Government Areas must be presented formally to the national assembly, saying that as soon as this is done it will not only be a local affair but nationally recognised and accepted which will be the first in Nigeria.
The Governor stated that all the processes have been diligently passed through, expressing confidence that an approval for the establishment of the local councils will be given by the National Assembly.
He also said that the operators of the LCDAs will have a good ground to operate on, assuring that the state is not short of the technicalities that is needed for smooth operations.According to the governor, “with this exercise, we are almost concluding the exercise of Local Government creation, we are fully now ready to breathe life into the various grassroots both political and administrative structures that we have created.
“I urge the head of service to quickly push this through for gazzeting. I am happy that at least for the purpose of institutionalising the LCDAs as well as the old ones we followed the structure of the law enacted by the House of Assembly and assented to by me, we can be sure that within the state, we have fulfilled all righteousness.
“But the exercise is still not fully concluded. A group is working on our presentation to the National Assembly so as to make it part of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “We must present the old and new Local Government Areas formally to the National Assembly.
So, a team is working on it for it to be nationally accepted which will be the first in Nigeria because we have diligently gone through the process of creation by law. “The Governor then thanked members of both committees for their commitment towards the state governments objective of giving the grassroots the structure that can mobilise them for effective administration and economic development.
Presenting the report on the boundary delineation and adjustment, Chairman of the committee, Hon. Justice Akin Oladimeji, who highlighted the challenges faced by the committee said most of the challenges were instruments of creation. He said there were different versions despite the fact that the committee used the instrument signed by the governor, claiming that they got information on the field that an amendment was in the offing.
Justice Oladimeji said “we thank God that we were able to do a thorough work despite the challenges faced by my committee on the field as a result of the instrument used in creating most of the Local Government Areas.”I thank Mr Governor for the wonderful opportunity to serve the state of Osun in a situation that my service will benefit all and take the state to an enviable height among the committee of states in Nigeria.”
Also making her own presentation, the leader of the Assets Sharing Committee for the new LCDAs, Hon. Justice Kudirat Akano said the Committee traversed the nooks and crannies of the state so as to get a credible report that can be relied on with facts and figures.
She stated that Local Governments were directed to submit the list of their assets and liabilities which were further verified by the committee, saying that only liabilities which were backed with appropriate approvals, vouchers and reciepts were accepted by the committee.
Justice Akano also gave a brief of the formula that was used to share the assets and liabilities of the Local Governments.
She said”we got all the cooperation and support that we needed for a smooth job from both the state governor and all the local government in the state which has made us to come up with a comprehensive report.
“We can say that our newly created LCDAs are now fully ready take off.”