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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Oyo Assembly approves tenure extension for council chairman

Members of the Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday granted four months tenure extension to the 33 Local Government Areas (LGs) chairmen and the 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) chairmen in the state.

The approval followed a formal request sent to the lawmakers by the state Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

The tenure of the said Caretaker Chairmen expired Tuesday.

The lawmakers also granted approval to the appointment of eleven caretakers chairmen for the eleven LGs and LCDAs affected by a lawsuit stopping the appointment of council bosses on the ground that some of the territories were wrongly transferred to different council areas in the creating of the LCDAs.

The case was instituted by some Baales in Oyo town.

It would be recalled that the federal high court sitting in Abuja recently vacated the order in respect of the conduct of the local government election in Oyo State.

The two letters written by the executive and read during Tuesday plenary by the Speaker, Hon.

Michael Adesina Adeyemo, were asking for the renewal of the tenure of the caretaker chairmen and appointment of new Caretaker chairmen for the eleven local government and local council development areas that are yet to have caretaker chairmen for the past four months.

After reading the letter, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Musa Abdulwasil said the tenure extension is needed so as not to create a vacuum in the LG administration. The motion was seconded by seconded by the Hon. Segun Olaleye on the ground that it would help in the preparations for the LG elections before the expiration of the four months.

The House, however, directed the new Caretaker chairmen nominees report to the office of the Clerk of the House with photocopies of their credentials for screening by the House committee on local government and Chieftaincy Matters on Wednesday, 8th November, 2017 while the committee was directed to submit its report of the screening to the House on Thursday 9th November, 2017.

The nominee for the other LGs areas are, Adediran Asitu (Irepo LG), Remi Adeniyi (Afijio LG), Okeniyi Gbolagade (Atiba LG), Oladeji Tajudeen Olabisi (Oyo West LG), Odekanmi Olayinka (Oriire LG) and Babatunde Abiodun Adebayo (Oyo East LG).

The nominee for local council development areas include, Akano Nathaniel Idowu (Asabari LCDA), Tunde Ojo (Afijio West LCDA), Oyelayo Sunday Ajiboye (Soto LCDA), Tiamiyu Taiwo (Oyo South East LCDA), Jelili Abiola (Oyo South West LCDA), Jacob Bamgboye (Oriire South LCDA), Aransi Akeem (Lagelu West LCDA), while Oriire North LCDA was yet to be nominated for confirmation.

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