Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has charged 351 councillors and 33 clerks of the Local Government Legislative Councils to take development to all the nooks and crannies of their localities, by putting in place by-laws and motions that will affect people at the grassroots positively.
The governor, who gave the charge at the end of a 3-day training for the Councillors and Clerks of Local Government Legislative Councils, held at the World Lilies Event Centre, Apata, Ibadan, said the training had prepared grounds for the councillors on the tasks ahead of them in their respective council areas.
The governor, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Legislative Matters, Hon. Ademola Adejumobi, explained that the training, which commenced on July 28 and ended on July 30, was centred on legislative roles and functions in the local government.
He admonished the participants to truly represent the interests of their various communities and adhere to the policy thrust of inclusiveness being anchored by the state government.
He also charged them to apply everything they have learnt in the course of the training in their day-to-day legislative duties at the local government level.
The governor assured residents of the 33 local government areas that developmental projects of the state government would be replicated at their respective local government areas.
Adejumobi appreciated Governor Makinde for the opportunity to organise the training for councillors and clerks of the local government legislative arm.
While delivering a lecture with the topic ‘Rural Infrastructure, Food Security and Rural Development in Nigeria’, Prof. Tajudeen Aluko of the Obafemi Awolowo University, posited that concentration of infrastructural development in urban areas was not the best, saying that rural areas deserve to be developed.
He asserted that such infrastructural development in rural areas would encourage people to dwell there, thus reducing the challenge of rural-urban migration.
Also, Dr. Salami Kabiru of the Sociology Department, University of Ibadan, delivered a paper on ‘Teamwork as a Catalyst for Good Governance’ while, on his part, Dr. Anuodo Oludare of the Department of Demography and Social Statistics, OAU, presented a paper with the theme ‘Measuring and Evaluating Performance in Local Administration.