Public Hearing: Creation of new LCDAs will facilitate Development at the Grassroots- Ondo Assembly

Public Hearing: Creation of new LCDAS will facilitate Development at the Grassroots- Ondo Assembly

By Awodeyi Elizabeth

Stakeholders from the 18 local government areas of Ondo State, civil societies, religious leaders , among others have converged in Akure to defended their memoranda at the Public Hearing on the proposed creation of Local Council Development areas (LCDAs).

Few weeks ago, government presented the bill to the State House of Assembly which has scaled through first and second reading as well as committed to the house committee of the whole house headed by the Speaker, Rt Hon Olamide Oladiji for scrutiny.

Five representatives who spoke on behalf of each local government made their opinions and demands known at a one day public hearing on a bill for the creation of local council development areas organised by the Ondo State house of assembly which took place at the international culture and event centre, The DOME in Akure.

In their various submissions and petitions the stakeholders who appreciated the state government for the gesture said the proposed LCDA’s would bring development and government closer to the people.

Some of the stakeholders frowned that at the moment, there was no authentic list of the names of the proposed LCDA’S except those peddled on social media, hence fuelling speculations.

Other petitions submitted by various stakeholders including change in the names of some LCDA’S, change in citing of headquarters while some are clamouring for additional LCDA’s

Others speakers at the event proposed that pramountcy in traditional institution should not be altered in the process.

Earlier in a speech, the Speaker, Rt. Hon Olamide Oladiji saluted the visionary leadership of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for choosing to tow the line of other southwest states which had earlier created their LCDAS with a view to fast-tracking development at the grassroots.

He said, the purpose of the yearnings and quest to bring government closer to the people and hence facilitate development at the grassroots must not be defeated.

Oladiji however emphasised that the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu administration would not hesitate to cancel or suspend the creation of Local Council Development Areas in any community or Local Government areas where there is crisis or court injunctions.

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