Ondo’s 51 LGs, LCDAs chairmen resume
By Jubril Bada & Kayode Olabanji, Okitipupa
The new caretaker chairmen of the 18 Local Government Areas and the 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Ondo State, have resumed duties.
Investigations by The Hope revealed that the chairmen haven commenced work across the 51 council areas.
The State House of Assembly had on November 28, confirmed the appointments of the caretaker committees including the newly created 33 LCDAs.
While some of the leaderships of the newly constituted caretaker committees resumed at their old local government secretariats, others, especially the 33 new LCDAs are using temporary offices either donated by individuals or the various communities.
In separate interviews, some of the council bosses promised to think out of the box to generate revenue without over taxing people for the development of their respective councils.
They promised to focus on grassroots development and improve welfare of their workforce. They also promised to map out plan of actions to initiate government-community partnership where communities would be inclusively involved for aggressive developments of the grassroots.
They equally confirmed that office accomodations would not really be their challenge as individuals and communities have freely donated buildings for the smooth takeoff of the LCDAs.
The caretaker chairmen, further noted that workers were being posted to the newly created LCDAs for effective local government administration.
According to them, necessary mechanism to generate funds through Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) without relying completely on the federal allocations will be maximally explored and exploited for the development of the grassroots.
The caretaker chairman, Owo Local Government, Owo, Samuel Adegbegi, said they met all their administrative staff upon resumption of office for effective operations.
“In terms of office accomodations, we have gotten some places for the new LCDAs in Owo. Also, some of the communities tried too, they gave houses to some of them. We have just started and we are working to provide adequate furniture for our staff, and we expect government to come in,” Adegbegi said.
On his part, the caretaker chairman of the newly created Akoko South South LCDA, Akungba-Akoko, Mr Gbogi Emmanuel, who resumed with his team and addressed the workers at the LCDA temporary office, Akungba-Akoko, said no challenge before the newly created LCDAs that is not surmountable.
The caretaker chairman also donated the sum of N500,000 (five hundred thousand naira) to fast-track the completion of the office accomodation.
Emmanuel, who particularly lauded Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for creating the LCDAs, also assured the people of Akungba-Akoko and his environs of the real dividends of good governance, even as he promised to do his best to make Akoko South South LCDA one of the best in the state.
Also, caretaker Chairmen of Irekari, Mr. Steve Otaloro; Ose LCDA, Mr Idowu Adunbi; Akure East, Mr.Kayode Taiwo; lfedore Central, Prince Adetoye Adetanmi; Okitipupa local government, Mr. Igbekele Akinrinwa; Ikale North LCDA, Mr Olufemi Ayejusunle and Ikale West, Mrs. Funke Kumuyi, in separate interviews with The Hope, also rolled out their plans for smooth operations of their respective councils.
Otaloro promised to be creative, block all loopholes in generating revenue and think out of the box on how to generate funds without over taxing people as well use it maximally for development.
Also, Adetanmi, Taiwo, Adunbi, Akinrinwa, Ayejusunle and Kumuyi, emphasized their readiness to run open administrations that will encourage active participation of various communities and leaders in the development of their LCDAs.
The caretaker committees assured of their commitment to ensure grassroots development and bring good governance closer to the people.
However, people from Araromi-Obu protested what they called appointment of non-indigenes as chairman and vice chairman of Ifesowopo LCDA, just as Senator Jide Ipinsagba representing Ondo North rejected the persons nominated and cleared for Akoko North East Local Government.
Equally, in Uso-Emure-Ile LCDA, Omosuwa Olayemi Maxwell rejected his appointment as Vice Chairman of the Committee