Osun State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Tuesday announced the creation of additional 31 new local council development areas, (LCDA), 3 area councils and 2 administrative offices to complement the existing 30 local government areas in the state.
The management committees of the existing 30 local councils and area office and their executive secretaries, deputy executive secretaries, members, special advisers and other functionaries have also been dissolved by the governor.
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.
He also adopted parliamentary system of administration for local government in the state to the reduce financial burden in the third tier of government in the state.
The creation of the councils, Aregbesola explained was requested by the people and due process was followed in the new creation.
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Explaining why Osun State was creating more councils at this special time of financial challenges, Aregbesola stressed that his administration has given it sufficient consideration, saying he has put in place procedures that will cost less and save money thus bringing rapid development.
The primary responsibilities of the newly created councils are; to bring development to the people, market management, revenue mobilization and generation among many others instrumental to the yearnings of the people.
Aregbesola stated that the state will be saving huge cost with the new system adding that the same number of staff will still run all the councils and no new appointments will be made to existing ones.
He said the new system would yield efficiency and is 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 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.