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Oyo Creates 35 LCDAs to Fast Track Grassroots Development

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Sakin Babalola,Ibadan

The Oyo State government has disclosed that it would be implementing the 2002 gazetted law creating 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) out of the existing 33 Local Government Areas in the state.

The government stated that this move was in response to a correspondence from the Oyo State House of Assembly requesting the Executive arm to create LCDAs in order to facilitate development at the grassroots.

It would be recalled that the State Assembly’s sitting on Thursday, June 16, 2016, discussed a motion bothering on the creation of LCDAs.

Addressing the press after the weekly Oyo State Executive Council meeting , the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr Gbade Ojo, who was assisted at the briefing by Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Seun Abimbola, and his counterparts from Information Culture and Tourism and Local Government and Chieftaincy Matter, Messrs Toye Arulogun and Bimbo Kolade, said that the creation of the LCDAs would hasten development in local communities and bring government closer to the people without incurring additional expenses as workers on government payroll in the existing local governments would be distributed to the LCDAs.

According to him, “The sitting of the Oyo State House of Assembly on Thursday 16 June 2016, the House deliberated on a motion titled: Need to Establish Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) for effective grassroot development.

He said the House assured that creating two or three LCDAs from each of the existing 33 Local Government Areas would accelerate even development in the State.

“The House consequently resolved that the government of Oyo State be urged to take proactive measures to establish Local Council Development Areas, depending on population and landmass, to ensure that development gets to every community in the State”, he added.

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