By Kayode Olabanji
Ondo State Government has said that the newly-created 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) will soon take off.
The State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Alhaji Amidu Takuro, stated this after leading an inspection team to ascertain the level of preparedness of stakeholders for the take-off of the LCDAs.
It was reported that the team also ascertained the available facilities for the take-off of the LCDAs in the southern senatorial district of the state.
Report also had it that the team met with stakeholders in different communities and inspected the permanent sites for the secretariats of the LCDAs.
Takuro expressed appreciation to the traditional rulers and other stakeholders for their support to the Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu-led administration in the state.
He promised that the present administration would continue to put smiles on the faces of the people and prioritise their welfare.
The commissioner stated that government had just achieved a great feat in the payment of the seven-month salary arrears owed local government workers by the immediate past administration.
He highlighted other achievements of the state government to include: up-to-date payment of pensions to retirees, upgrading traditional chieftaincy stools, upgrading of minor stools to obaship status and securing the lives and property of citizens by strengthening the Amotekun Corps.
According to him, the creation of LCDAs is to bring government closer to the people, give them sense of belonging and enhance faster development to the state.
Takuro expressed satisfaction with the infrastructure on ground and the readiness of the people to accept and support the take-off and successful operation of the new LCDAs.
Responding, the traditional rulers in the LCDAs expressed joy with the development and thanked the state government, saying that their long time dream and agitation had finally come to reality.
They also appreciated the governor for taking his positive response to the yearnings and aspirations of the people as far as the creation of LCDAs was concerned.
The royal fathers promised to give all the support and cooperation needed to make the LCDAs a success.
They also said that they would do everything within their powers to secure the lives and property of the workers who would be posted to their respective domains.
The LCDAs visited included: Ile-Oluji West, Oke-Igbo, Irepodun, Ikale-East, Ikale-West, Ikale-North, Ilaje-Central, Ilaje-East, Ilaje-Central, Ilaje Aheri/Etikan and Arogbo.