Osun governor, Aregbesola, announces creation of 31 new local councils

Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola
Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola

The governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, has announced the creation of 31 new Local Council Development Areas, LCDAs, by his administration.

Mr. Aregbesola stated this Tuesday in a state‎ broadcast to the people of the state. He said additional 31 Local Council development Areas, 3 area councils and two administrative offices were created.

The governor said his administration would make ‎judicious use of its revenues in a way that increasing the number of councils will least constitute any financial burden.

Mr. Aregbesola 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.

The government had sent a request for additional local councils to the state House of Assembly, which later passed the bill.

Speaking on why the state was creating more councils at a time of financial challenges, Mr. Aregbesola said his administration had given the decision sufficient consideration, and had put in place measures to cut cost.

He added that the responsibilities of the new councils include bringing development to the people, managing the markets, generating more revenue, amongst others.

The governor 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.

‎He 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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  • Rumournaire

    I thought the Nigerian Constitution says new local government areas can only be created upon approval of the National Assembly? Was that not the problem Tinubu’s government had with OBJ’s government?

  • ODOFIN, Lagos

    I see this as an attempt by Aregbesola to have stronghold over Osun people, just Tinubu did in Lagos when he created 37 additional LCDAs. This is just manipulations of the system…

  • emmanuel

    Aregbesola don enter market place.

  • Romberg

    This man is a dark horse in APC rank. The worst political office holder in the history of humanity. If he is not owing workers 1 year unpaid salary, he is sacking striking doctors or paying half salary. If he is not demolishing schools or reclassifying them, he is changing the emblem of the state. If he is not wearing kid’s school uniforms, he’s fighting on the street or rigging elections. If he is not using bail out money to pay he demonic contractors, he is creating more LCDAs. How on earth is the creation of LCDAs going to save government money? Aregbe’s theories never worked. I am still struggling to find the difference between Aregbe and Fayose. If only the APC could be frank and honest with this man. He is an embarrassment.

  • Bayo Ola

    Governor Aregbesola. This is simply briliant. I know you are a tough cookie and will igone the wailing who are still counting thier loses in the poll

  • Godfrey Etokebe

    Where are the OSUN SOFISTIKAT?

    APC government NA WA.

  • Logically speaking

    I don’t think the additional LCDA’s are really necessary. The ones we have at the moment are not really performing efficiently, so why the increase?

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Though! governor Rauf Aregbesola, takes a very good people oriented decision that will bring governance closer to the people at the grass-root.But,with the current lean treasury of Osun State,can Osun State afford the capital cost and additional increase in recurrent expenditure as a result of further Local Councils Development Areas in Osun State as civil servants are yet to be paid in the past few months?.

  • Paul Graham

    IS LIKE BUILDING A CASTLE IN THE AIR!

  • Otile

    Right on Musulimi. In Oduduwaland you are Atilla the Hun, the Scourge of God. Get them.

  • Basketmouth

    Before we all start to castigate Aregbesola, we must be privy to information at his disposal. The governor will not just go and create LCDA without statistical hard facts. For all I know this idea may generate more revenue for the government than has been before. The mark of leadership is to do things out of the box. Why don’t we give him a chance and see how his idea will work. For people comparing Aregbesola with Fayose I think they need their brain examined.