Ogun State House of Assembly on Thursday passed the Local Government Amendment Law 2016, which would allow the state government to create 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs).
The passage of the bill titled: “The Local Government Amendment Law (Creation and Transitional Provisions) Amendment Law, 2016”, followed the report of the committee of the whole House presented by Deputy Speaker, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo.
According to the Deputy Speaker during a plenary session on Thursday in Abeokuta, referendum was conducted in five out of the 37 proposed LCDAs as well as three day stakeholders forum where memoranda were submitted and treated fairly by the House.
He explained that after the referendum report was scrutinised by the House Committee, it recommended that status quo must be maintained in all the 20 existing local government council areas.
In the same breath, he moved for the adoption of the report, which was seconded by Hon. Adebowale Ojuri.
“The 37 LCDAs which are listed in the schedule to the law are inchoate until such a time as the National Assembly shall pass an Act to make consequential provisions with respect to the names of the LCDAs.
“Section 2(1) and (11) of the States : “The Local Government Areas for the time being listed in part 1 of schedule of 1 of 1999 constitution and in the schedule of the Amendment Law remain valid and in existence.
“That all other local government areas listed in schedule 11 of the Amendment Law shall for the time being, operate as Local Council Development Areas, the funding of which shall be borne by state government, “Hon. Oluomo said.
After Hon. Adeyinka Mafe, the Majority Leader, moved the motion for the third reading of the bill and it was seconded by Hon. Oyenuga Olufowobi, the Clerk of the House, Hon. Muyiwa Adenopo, read the bill for the third time, while the Speaker, Hon. Suraj Adekunbi, ordered that the clean copy of the bill be forwarded to Gov. Ibikunle Amosun for his assent.