Oyo has no master plan, says Ajimobi
COUNCIL chairmen, councillors and other key government officials in Lagos State were yesterday charged on the need to serve the people. They were also asked to ensure accountability and embrace reforms to remain relevant in the polity.
The admonition came from the National Leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, gave this advice at the opening of a three-day retreat on setting the agenda for council reforms yesterday at the Events Centre, Ikeja.
Meanwhile, the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, has lamented the absence of a masterplan for the state over the years, saying this had slowed down the pace of development in the state.
The governor, who spoke during his investiture as the patron of the Jericho Businessmen’s Club at Premier Hotel, Ibadan at the weekend, said that it was unfortunate that Oyo, which was regarded as the pacesetter state, had been without any integrated development plan since its creation.
Tinubu said: “As local government chairmen, you must think great and come up with bright ideas to make local government administration successful. Do not think of brick and mortar alone; but conceive ideas that will bring about transformation.”
He also urged the Federal Government to respect the constitution.
“Federalism is about two-tiers of government. And the framers of our constitution were clear in their minds about local government being a grassroots system closest to the people and went forth to set out duties and responsibility,” he said.
Tinubu demanded for a new revenue allocation formula consistent with federal principles: “We need to dismantle the unitary system that that we have in place now.
Let us practise true federalism and remove the hands of the federal government from our pockets. The Federal government has been pick-pocketing the states and local governments.”
Governor Babatunde Fashola at the event declared ACN as the fastest growing party in Nigeria and praised Tinubu for being a the visionary leader and doggedly fighting for the creation of more councils in Lagos to bring development closer to the people.
Fashola described the establishment of more local governments as the democratization of the opportunity to serve.
He charged the chairmen: “You must use this to democratize opportunities and good governance
Ajimobi also pointed out that the state lacked an industrial park that would have made it one of the industrial hubs of Nigeria.
Consequently, He promised that his administration would establish a new town development with a view to creating new towns out of the existing ones that would further project the good image of the state and showcase its potential.
The governor also enjoined social and philanthropic organisations within and outside the state to partner with his administration in its efforts at ensuring rapid development of the state through the implementation of people-oriented programmes.