LCDA Bill to be passed in Earnest–Ogun Assembly

The Ogun State House of Assembly has promised to without delay pass
expeditiously the bill for the creation of 37 Local Council
Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.

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Hon Akinpelu Aina, a member of the House Committee on
Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, disclosed this
in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)
on Tuesday in Abeokuta.

The bill, now in its final stage, would be deliberated on
thoroughly by the committee of the whole House after
which it would be passed into law, he said.

“The Bill for a law to amend the Local Government Law
of Ogun State, 2002, has already passed the second
reading on the floor of the House.

“We have also held a three-day public hearing on the
bill by bringing together stakeholders.

“I want to assure the citizens and all the stakeholders
that contributed during the public hearing that all their
yearnings and contributions would be put into
consideration before the passage of the bill,” the
lawmaker said.

Aina explained that the creation of the development
councils was to bring government closer to the people
and to foster cordial relationship among the people.
According to him, one of the merits of the bill is to
ensure greater representation of the people in
governance as well as open avenues for better
understanding of the peculiarities of each locality.

The lawmaker explained that the bill was a step to
complement the existing 20 local government areas in
the state for dividends of democracy.

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NAN reports that Gov. Ibikunle Amosun had on March 10
sent an executive bill to the House seeking to restructure
the existing 20 councils and create additional 37 LCDAs.
The bill is in fulfillment of his electoral promise to the
people.

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