Government & Politics

Governor Aregbesola Announces Creation of 31 New Local Councils

In a state‎ broadcast to the people of Osun state, the governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday, announced the creation of 31 new Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, by his administration, adding that three area councils and two administrative offices were also created.
The governor also announced the dissolution of the management committees of the existing 30 Local Councils and Area Office, their executive secretaries, deputy executive secretaries, members, special advisers and other functionaries.
According to the governor, his administration would make ‎judicious use of its revenues in a way that increasing the number of councils will least constitute any financial burden.
Speaking on why the state was creating more councils at a time of financial challenges, the governor said his administration had given the decision sufficient consideration, and had put in place measures to cut cost, adding that the responsibilities of the new councils include bringing development to the people, managing the markets, generating more revenue, amongst others.
He said the state would be saving huge cost with the new councils. He said no new appointment would be made as the same number of staff will still run all the councils.
The governor also said the entire local government system would be managed by Council Managers for three months. The managers are to be appointed and deployed by Local Government Service Commission from among the substantive grade level 14 officers in the local governments.
‎”Many would be wondering and asking: why create more councils at this special time of financial challenges? We have also given sufficient consideration to this. With this new parliamentary system, it will cost less to run the new councils and save a lot of money for the government than in the past. 
“The primary responsibilities of our new local government system are sanitation, market management and revenue mobilisation and generation. This is consistent with local government administration worldwide.
“The beauty of this new system is its parliamentary nature, which requires the chairman and the vice chairman to be elected by the councillors from among their own ranks, thereby saving cost,” the governor said.
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