Barring any unforseen developments, Osun State now seems ready to have 66 local councils.
This development followed the passage by the State House of Assembly on Wednesday of the bill to create 36 additional local council development authority.
According to a statement which emanated from the Osun Assembly Speaker and made available to the media by his media aide, Mr. Goke Butika, on Wednesday, the lawmakers passed the bill to create the additional councils because of administrative convenience.
The statement read in part, “Osun State House of Assembly has finally passed the law creating additional 31 local council development authorities, three Area councils and two administrative units. “
“At a plenary session presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam, the parliament explained that the creation of local governments, Area Councils and Administrative units became imperative in order to bring government closer to the grassroots.
“The primary purpose of the creation of the councils and administrative units was for the administrative conveniences, not to hyper-bloat the already existing over-bloated civil and political regimes which have become albatross to the limited resources of the state.”
The Speaker then urged Governor Rauf Aregbesola to prioritise the assent of the law in order to set up committees that would work out the asset and liabilities for the take off of the new councils and units.
Explaining further on the processes and debate which crystalised into their decision, the chairman, House Committee on Local Government, Mr. Wasiu Adebayo, said, “Osogbo being the state capital is bigger and demands to be further split, while Ejigbo has not been split since 1956 despite its size. Odo Otin considered to be the biggest council since 1972 also got two more councils.”
He stated that Osogbo, Ejigbo and Odo Otin Local Government Areas were given two more councils each, while some other local governments were split with one council each.