By Tunde Oyekola
The committee set up by the Kwara State Government on the creation of Local Government Council Development Authorities has so far received 96 memoranda from various communities and groups in the state.
The Chairman of the committee and former Peoples Democratic Party Acting Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, who disclosed this in Ilorin said the memoranda and suggestions were received from all the various communities in the 16 local government areas of the state.
He said the committee’s members had visited some states that had carried out similar exercise in the past.
He said he personally led the team to Lagos where the committee was briefed by Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola on how Lagos was able to manage the creation of the additional councils.
He said the committee had followed carefully the constitutional procedure of creating additional local government development councils, which he described as cumbersome.
Baraje assured the government and people of the state that everything humanly possible was being done by the committee to ensure an unbiased recommendation.
Baraje who is now a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress said the committee members were divided into two sub-committees, namely finance and administration, which considered the issues of internally Generated Revenue,(IGR) of the proposed local council authorities, and administrative convenience
Baraje said ordinarily, the committee would have submitted its report to the state government on December 2, but because the committee intends to do a thorough job to avoid major lapses that may not enhance the sustainability of the proposed local government development councils, it decided to move the submission forward.
He, however, promised that the report would be ready in January 2015.
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed had in October this year set up the 14-member committee for the creation of local council development authority, whose terms of reference include, identifying all basic parameters, contingent to the creation of council development, identify suitable communities as headquarters, taking due cognizance of precedence in administrative responsibility in arriving at the choice and consider other relevant factors that will ensure uniformity, equity, fairness and greater sense of belonging.