By: Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Government has assured that it will continue to put in place necessary machinery that will ease local government administration through its 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko, who gave the assurance while fielding questions from Journalists in Abeokuta, said government had created the LCDAs for the purpose of achieving an all-inclusive socio-economic and political development of the people at the grassroots.
According to Ojuko, the creation of the LCDAs was a strategic attempt to ensure that governance was felt in the nooks and crannies of the State while opening up the rural areas to fast track the delivery of dividends of democracy to all.
Ojuko while acknowledging that there was no invention without its challenges said ‘’these new LCDAs have come to stay, no doubt there may be teething problems which is quite synonymous with any invention anywhere, but overtime we have been able to surmount some of these challenges’’.
He noted that the most important thing was that the people have accepted the LCDAs and had been supportive towards their success, saying ‘’we do not have problems with acceptability among the people’’.
According to Ojuko, the population of the State was fast growing necessitating the creation of the LCDAs, assuring that the assets of the existing 20 Local Government Councils would be equally shared with the new LCDAs to further engender development and smooth running of the councils.