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Osun Assembly Okays 31 Local Govt Development Councils

Posted: May 28, 2015 at 4:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gbenga Faturoti, Osogbo

 

Osun State House of Assembly has approved the creation of additional 31 Local Government Development Councils, three Area Councils and two Administrative Offices in the state.

This followed acceptance by the Assembly of the recommendations of the House Committee on Local Governments and Chieftains Affairs on the creation of additional local government council areas in the state.

The approval of the new councils and area offices was, however, subject to the final assent of Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

Aregbesola had sent a bill to the Assembly for the creation of 27 local government councils in addition to the existing 30 local governments and Modakeke-Area Office.

There was referendum in the state early in the year where the people voted for the creation of addition local government councils.

The House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, however, arrived at 31 local government council, three area councils and two administrative offices after visiting the proposed headquarters of the new councils.

The lawmakers took the decision at a sitting of the Committee of the Whole on Monday after a consideration of the recommendation.

According to the bill, the proposed local governments were to be known as ‘Local Council Development Authorities’ until they are listed in the Constitution as substantive local governments.

The lawmakers also approved the parliamentary system of government at the proposed council areas.

Earlier, the Chairman, House Committee on Local Government, Wasiu Adebayo, had presented the report of his committee to the Assembly where he recommended the creation of 31 local government council areas, three area councils and two administrative offices as against 27 proposed in the bill.

He said the recommendation was sequel to the reality on ground during his committee’s visit to the proposed headquarters of the new councils.