Ekiti to get 19 additional LCDAS

By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti


The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has sent to the State House of Assembly a bill to seeks for a law on creation of more additional Development Council Areas.
According to a statement by the Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General in the state, Mr. Olawale Fapohunda, said the bill sent by the Governor is to create more nineteen Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in addition to the sixteen existing local governments in the state as specified in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
He explained that the newly proposed local government areas are inchoate and shall operate for the time being as LCDAs until such a time as the National Assembly shall pass an act recognising them under section 8(5) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
According to him the new 19 LCDAs are, Ado Central, Ado North, Ado West, Ajoni, Ararom, Ekameta and Ekiti South East LCDA.
Others are, Ero, Gbonyin, Ifedara, Ifeloju, Ifesowopo, Igbara-Odo/Ogotun, Ikere West, Ikole West, Irede, Irewolede, Isokan and Okemesi/Ido-Ile LCDAs.
Fapohunda, said the creation of Local Government Bill, 2021 is the culmination of a process of consultative and inclusive engagement of various communities in the sixteen local government areas of the State.
He noted that ” It will be recalled that on the 16th of November 2020, the Governor of Ekiti State formally inaugurated the Committee on the Creation of Local Council Development Areas in Ekiti State.
“The Committee consulted extensively over a five-month period and submitted a comprehensive report that took into consideration several issues including population of each of the proposed LCDA, availability of personnel, physical structure of proposed headquarters and broadly economic viability of the proposed LCDAS.
“In addition, there were several inter-ministerial meetings within the framework of a white paper committee that met to review the report and made recommendations on institutional arrangements for the effective functioning of the proposed LCDAs especially in view of the economic situation facing the country of which Ekiti State is no exception.
The State Executive Council further deliberated extensively on the proposals and resolved that the creation of the new LCDAs is in response to the agitations of the communities affected and that continuing the efficient management of state resources by the Fayemi administration will ensure that the LCDAs are appropriately funded” he stated.

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Ekiti to get 19 additional LCDAS

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