Ogun state LCDAs yet to settle down, 5 months after inauguration

Ogun State governor, Ibikunle Amosun,

Most of the 37 new Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) in Ogun state are yet to settle down, more than five months after their elected chairmen and councillors were inaugurated.

They are still battling with the problems of office accommodation, office furniture and staffing.

The state local government and chieftaincy affairs commissioner, Chief Jide Ojuko, last November, shortly after the inauguration of the elected officials had promised to immediately resolve the challenges of furniture and office accommodation.

Close to four months after, some of the LCDAs are still battling with the problems of staffing, office accommodation and office furniture.

For instance, a block of classrooms allocated to the Abeokuta North East LCDA at the Owu African Church Central School, Ita Iyalode, Abeokuta, has remained shut with no official available.

Also, the Remo Central LCDA secretariat in Iperu-Remo along Ilishan-Remo road is not functioning.

For the Abeokuta South West LCDA, its secretariat located in the old office of the Abeokuta South Local Government in Ibara, Abeokuta, is still undergoing renovation.

At the secretariat of the Abeokuta South South LCDA located in a block of classrooms a the Baptist Nursery and Primary school in Idi Aba, Abeokuta, only the office of the chairman has furniture.

Governor Amosun and the 57 Council Bosses

The Secretariat of the Ijebu Ode South LCDA , in the office of the local education authority in Oke Aje, is not in good shape and still undergoing renovation.

Also, the Secretariat of Ketu LCDA located at Tata office of the Old Yewa North local government has no furniture for both the elected officials and staff.

Chairman of the Abeokuta North West LCDA, Taofeek Olabode, to address the office accommodation problem converted his personal residence into a mini secretariat at Lafenwa, Abeokuta, from where he operates from.

The same goes for the Sango/Ijoko Lcda, whose chairman, Fatai Lawal, also using his home in the area as the temporary secretariat of the council.

Meanwhile, Ogun state chapter of the  Inter-Party Advisory Council  of Nigeria (IPAC) has  expressed  concern  over  the development, and asked the state governmen to immediately address the challenges facing the LCDA.

The state chairman of IPAC, Alhaji Moshood Adesina in an interview with Rockcity FM said the LCDAs are not making any impact on the socio- economic lives of the people at the grass-roots.

The chairman stated that there are no developmental projects being executed to stimulate economic activities at the local government areas, calling on them to start initiating people oriented programmes, particularly in the education and health sectors begging for serious attention

Reacting to the development, Ogun state government blamed the late submission of report by the assets sharing committee, for the challenges still facing the running of the 37 LCDAs in the state.

Local government and chieftaincy affairs commissioner, Chief Jide Ojuko, in an interview with Rockcity FM, in Abeokuta, said the report is expected to be ready within the next couple of weeks.

Ojuko assured that the challenges such as funding, office accommodation, furniture and staff will soon be over.

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