Federal lawmaker, Festus Akingbaso donates N20m for LCDAs take-off
The lawmaker representing Idanre/ Ifedore Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Hon. Festus Akingbaso has donated N20m for the take-off of the LCDAs in his Constituency.
He made the promise at the during an interface with the traditional rulers from Idanre/Ifedore federal constituency and officials of the state government and two local councils.
He expressed the need to support the LCDAs to ensure that they grow and become functional.
The Federal lawmaker said: “As a stakeholder, I am willing to support this initiative, and the LCDAs that fall within our federal constituency shall be supported.
“Let me also assure you as federal legislator, that whenever there’s an availing opportunity to convert these LCDAs into fully functional local government areas, I shall be a front burner.
“I hereby donate N20 million for the LCDAs in my federal constituency, Idanre/Ifedore federal Constituency.
“I will always be in touch with all the local government and LCDAs to see how we can move forward.
“I know they would need furniture, computer wares, air conditioners other appliances and equipment to work with”, he stated.
Appreciating Hon. Akingbaso for his donation to the LCDAs, the commissioner said: “Committees for take-off in all the LCDAs have been constituted and whatever assistance any stakeholder wish to offer the LCDAs should go through the committees.
“The Directors/acting chairmen of all the local government council’s have nothing to do with the running of the LCDAs.”
In his remarks, the Olowa and Paramount Ruler of Igbara-Oke, Ifedore Local Government Area, Oba Adefarakanmi Agbede, emphasised that the creation of the new LCDAs would make great impact in the development of all the communities within the new LCDAs.
He assured the state government of the unflinching support of the traditional rulers in the federal Constituency for the achievement of the reasons for the creation of the LCDAs by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.
His counterpart, the Owa and Paramount Ruler of Idanre, Idanre Local Government Area, Oba Fredrick Aroloye, who was represented by High Chief Mere Akinnaeonu, said the creation of the LCDAs was a giant stride to develooment in the grassroots.
The traditional rulers appreciated the representative of the Federal Constituency at the National Assembly for the great support and donation for the take-off of the LCDAs.
They described Akingbaso as a round peg in a round hole, saying he has been proven to the people to be a worthy representation right from when he was a local government chairman.
Chief Clement Faboyede, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) commended Governor Akeredolu for making good the promise to create LCDAs, noting that it transcends political affiliations.
He, however, urged the governor to ensure that the forthcoming local government election holds by January for smooth running of the third tier of government in the state.
The state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Amidu Takuro, said the newly created LCDAs would commence operations soon.
He disclosed that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu had ordered the Ministry to move round all the newly created LCDAs to assess the facilities on ground to see if they could commence operations.
Takuro disclosed that about 80 percent of all the LCDAs have facilities good enough to start off operations.
He assured that very soon Governor Akeredolu would come to the state to flag off the commencement of operations in all the LCDAs.
The commissioner said: “Previous administrations had promised to create the LCDAs, but they didn’t.
” The governor asked us in the Ministry to see if there are facilities in the LCDAs to take off. Over 80 percent of the LCDAs have facilities to commence operations.
“We want to seek everybody’s cooperation. We know what the governor went through when things were tough. For the peace we are enjoying today in our state, it is due to Govrrnor Akeredolu’s efforts. Very soon he will be in the state live and direct.
“In a few weeks time, we will be through with our report and the governor will pronounce their take-off.”
The interface between the Ministry and traditional rulers and the lawmaker was at the instance of the member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Festus Akingbaso who wanted to know what needed to be done for the take-off of the six LCDAs in his constituency.