Ekiti Govt Obeys Court Order, Relocates LG Headquarters
The Ekiti State government has made a proclamation relocating the headquarters of Ilejemeje Local Council from Iye Ekiti to Eda-Oniyo Ekiti in the state.
The deputy governor of the state, Mr Bisi Egbeyemi, explained that decision was in obedience to the Supreme Court judgment delivered on December 14, 2018, which ordered the relocation.
He said, “The government of Ekiti State hereby proclaims that the decision of the Supreme Court of the land on the relocation of the Headquarters of Ilejemeje is sacrosanct and inviolable, and is binding on the government and people of Ekiti state.”
Eda-Oniya in Ilejemeje Local Government Area was the constitutionally recognised headquarters of the council when the state was created in 1996.
The first military administrator in the state had, however, relocated it three months after take-off by radio announcement to Iye Ekiti, adducing the action to administrative convenience.
The lengthy litigation over finally ended last year when the Supreme Court held that Eda-Oniyo was the authentic headquarters of the council.
In his reaction, the traditional ruler of the new local government headquarters, Oba Julius Awolola, said he was pleased with the decision of the government.
He recalled the painful efforts made by the town to achieve the aim.
“We are grateful to God, the governor, and his team. I am very happy, I laboured for this a lot and I thank God I am alive to witness this,” Oba Awolola said.
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