Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, on Wednesday, said his administration was ready to breathe life into the newly created Local Council Development Authorities (LCDAs) with the submission of the report on boundary delineation and assets sharing by the various committees.
He maintained that a team that would make an official presentation of the newly created councils to the National Assembly was already working to ensure that an approval was given and to make it part of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Aregbesola made these disclosures in his office while receiving the reports of the committees set up on the boundary delineation and adjustment as well as the report of the assets sharing committee for the newly created LCDAs and area offices.
He explained that the old and new local government areas must be presented formally to the National Assembly, saying that as soon as this was done it would not only be a local affair, but nationally recognised and accepted which will be the first in Nigeria.
Aregbesola stated that all the necessary processes have been diligently passed through, expressing confidence that an approval for the establishment of the local councils would be given by the National Assembly.
According to him, “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,” Aregbesola remarked.
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 “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.”