The Governor of Oyo State, Sen Abiola Ajimobi has approved the creation of 35 new Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), in order to ensure development reaches all the grass roots.
This follows a motion entitled: “Need to establish Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), for effective grassroots development”, brought before the house of assembly on June 16, 2016, where the Lawmakers urged the state government to take proactive measures to establish LCDA’S to ensure that development get to every community in the state.
Disclosing the information to newsmen in the state capital on Tuesday, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr Gbade Ojo, said the approval will give more legal teeth to Oyo State Gazette No. 23, Vol 27 of August 13, 2002, which created the 35 LCDA’S but with a nomenclature of Local Government Areas.
Ojo who said the 35 new LCDA’S will be distributed zonally in line with both political and administrative zones of the state, listed the breakdown of the new LCDA’S as follows: Ibadan Zone 14, Ibarapa zone 2, Oyo zone 4, Ogbomoso 7, Oke-Ogun 8.
He said the governor had directed the State Commissioner of Justice to prepare enabling laws as Executive Bill to be presented to the state house of assembly so that the new LCDAs can take off.
“Between 2002 till date there has been explosion in the demography of each council area to the extent that what was gazetted in 2002 may not be sufficiently representative of the new yearning of our people.
“Thus, any council area that needs more may begin to work on memorandum to justify their demands as in no distant future,” he explained.