Osun Lawmakers Approve Reduction Of LGAs Management Committee

osun-house-of-assemblyOsun State House of Assembly on Monday approved an executive bill for the amendment to the State Local Government Administration Law No 5, to reduce the number of persons in the caretaker management committee.

Briefing reporters shortly after the session on the floor of the House on Monday, the Chairman House Committee on Information, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, said the bill, passed by the parliament would reduce the number of management committee in the Local Government, Local Council Development Authority and Area Council from 10 to not more than five.

The passage of the amendment followed its first, second and third reading through a motion by the leader of the house, Honourable Timothy Owoeye, at an earlier plenary.

Reduction In Cost Of Governance

The original amendment law, being re-amended had empowered the governor to appoint Caretaker Management Committee of five persons to administer the council pending the emergence of a democratically elected management.

Honourable Oyintiloye said the Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Honourable Najeem Salaam, while announcing the passage of the amendment of the bill said it would guarantee reduction in the cost of governance in the local councils.

He said, according to the bill, the management committee would be headed by Executive Secretary and the management would administer the council for a period of six months.

Noting that it has become impossible to conduct election into the councils now due to the economic recession, Salaam said, the new amendment would enable the governor appoint caretaker management into the council.

According to him, “by the passage of the bill, the governor could go-ahead to appoint the management committee to administer the councils after assenting to the bill”.

Describing the appointment of caretaker committees to the councils as aberration and not in tandem with democratic system, he said it was the economic situation that had forced the state to resolve to the option.

He expressed optimism that by 2017, the state government would have the wherewithal to conduct council polls.

Osun Assembly Amends Local Government Administration Law

rauf-aregbesolaOsun State House of Assembly on Monday, approved an executive bill for the amendment to the State Local Government Administration Amendment Law No 5.

Briefing newsmen shortly after the session on the floor of the House, the Chairman House Committee on Information, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, said the bill, passed by the parliament, seeks the reduction in the number of management committees in the Local Government, Local Council Development Authority and Area Council from 10 to a maximum of five.

The passage of the amendment followed its first, second and third reading through a motion by the leader of the House, Timothy Owoeye at the plenary.

The original amendment law, being re-amended had empowered the governor to appoint caretaker management committees of five persons to administer the council, pending the election of democratically elected management.

Oyintiloye said the speaker of the Osun state House of Assembly, Rt Hon Najeem Salaam, while announcing the passage of the amendment of the bill said, the passage of the bill would guarantee reduction in the cost of governance in the local councils.

He said, according to the bill, management committee would be headed by Executive Secretary and the management would administer the council for a period of six months.

Noting that it has become impossible to conduct election into the councils now due to the economic recession, Salaam said, the new amendment would enable the governor to appoint caretaker management into the council.

According to him, by the passage of the bill, the governor could go-ahead to appoint the management committee to administer the councils after assenting to the bill.

Describing the appointment of caretaker committees to the councils as an abberation and not in tandem with democratic system, he said, it was the economic situation that had forced the state to resolve to the option.

He however expressed optimism that by 2017, the state government would have the wherewithal to conduct council polls.

Fashola Restates Commitment To Ensuring Food Security

The Lagos State Government has promised to continue seeking ways of ensuring food security and reducing unemployment in the state.

Governor Babatunde Fashola revealed this at the graduation ceremony of 285 youths from the state Agriculture Youth Empowerment Scheme, AGRIC-YES in Epe.

Speaking at the ceremony, the governor said that the progress and achievements recorded by the AGRIC-Yes programme in such a short time showed that what is needed to boost food production in the country was “a clear idea, a clear plan and unflinching commitment to implement those plans”.

In his words, “If we do not produce food, the factories will shut down, if we do not produce food and go back to the land, there will be no rubber to make tyres to even drive those luxury cars. That was the simple idea behind the AGRIC-YES, to go back to the land, to create dignity and honour with the land so that young people will have a new focus and a new beginning”.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Lagos State Commissioner for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, had charged the graduands to use the skills which they have acquired to be the change they want to see in the world.

The graduates who are now full-fledged agropreneurs, six months after undergoing an intensive training on different aspects of agriculture, also expressed joy at the opportunity given to them by the state government.

In her remarks on behalf of other graduands, one of the best graduating students, Miss Oloko Olanrewaju, expressed gratitude to the governor for the privilege given to them, pointing out that they have been well trained during the course and promising to put their best to achieve food security in the country.

Also present at the ceremony were Secretary to the State Government, Oluranti Olugbile, Commissioner for Education, Olayinka Oladunjoye, Chairman House Committee on Information, Segun Olulade, members of the State House of Assembly, Chairmen of Local Governments, parents and guardians as well as relations of graduands and other stakeholders.

After the graduation ceremony, Governor Babatunde Fashola took time out to commission several projects in the farm settlement: 32 tonnes capacity quality cassava flour factory, 50,000 capacity automated 5-unit broiler houses, ram, cattle ranch and feed mill including 2.34km network of road within the institute and a 200 units two bedroom apartment for the farmers