Oyo Assembly Suspends 13 LG, LCDA Chairmen

A file photo of the Oyo State House of Assembly complex in Ibadan, the state capital.

 

Members of the Oyo State House of Assembly have suspended five Local Government Area (LGA) caretaker chairmen and eight Local Council Development Area (LCDA) chairmen in the state indefinitely.

The decision to suspend the local government bosses was taken on Monday after a prolonged meeting by the lawmakers.

According to the legislative arm, the suspended persons were sanctioned for failing to meet the deadline for the submission of a report on the state of earth-moving equipment in their respective councils.

The deadline for submission of the report was October 23, 2020.

Speaker of the House, Adebo Ogundoyin, who presided over the meeting claimed that the affected caretaker chairmen displayed gross incompetence by their failure to produce what he termed a simple report.

He explained that the action of the assembly was in line with the provision of Section 21 of the Local Government Law of the state.

Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, speaks during plenary on March 3, 2020.

 

“Without prejudice to the provisions of this law and sequel to the petition received by the State House of Assembly and upon investigation, any culpable chairman or vice-chairman shall be recommended for suspension or removal by a resolution of the House.

“It is not a witch-hunt of any chairman. Thirteen caretaker chairmen failed to honour and respect the directive of the House,” Ogundoyin stated.

The lawmaker representing Ibadan South East II, Segun Ademola, had presented the report of the Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters to the House.

He stated that despite the extension of the deadline by two weeks, the local government and LCDA chairmen failed to submit the report of earth-moving equipment in their domains.

In his reaction, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Muhammad Fadeyi, described the action of the erring chairmen as an insult to the 9th Oyo State House of Assembly, hence they should be suspended indefinitely.

The local government caretaker chairmen suspended include Ibadan North East LG, Ido LG, Oluyole LG, Itesiwaju LG, and Oyo East LG.

The LCDAs affected include Akinyele East LCDA, Lagelu West LCDA, Soro LCDA, Ogbomoso Central LCDA, Ogbomoso South LCDA, Ajorosun LCDA, Ibarapa North West LCDA, and Oyo South East LCDA.

Governor Ahmed Dissolves Local Government Councils In Kwara

governor Ahmed, local government councils, kwaraThe Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has approved the dissolution of the local government councils of Asa, Baruten, Edu, Ekiti, Ifelodun and Ilorin East, among others.

The dissolution of the local government councils, which is contained in the Kwara state legal notices no. 4-19, is in exercise of a power conferred on the governor by section 18(5) C of the Kwara state government laws.

As a result, all the affected public office holders, including the chairmen, vice chairmen, councillors, secretaries to the local government councils and supervisors are expected to immediately vacate their offices and handover to their respective Directors of Personnel Management (DPMS).

In a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Shola Gold, Governor Ahmed, however, expressed appreciation for the contributions and support of the affected officers, towards the development of the state.

He wished them success in their future endeavours as the dissolution takes effect from November 4.

Cross River Cabinet Nominees To Face Aptitude Test

Ben-Ayade-cross riverNominees for appointment as Commissioners in Cross River State will be subjected to intense scrutiny.

A statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media, Mr Christian Ita, confirmed this, saying the nominees will undergo a mandatory aptitude test before confirmation is granted.

The statement confirmed that they are not the only ones to take the test, as chairmen, members of boards, agencies and parastatals, and special advisers will follow the routine.

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, expressed belief that all appointments in the state must be subjected to ethical measures.

He said that this is to ascertain if they can function in the new order, where transparency and accountability are the watchwords.