The government of Ondo State has suggested establishing 33 additional LCDAs throughout the state.
The creation of the LCDAs was approved by the state executive council, as Commissioner for Information and Orientation Bamidele Ademola-Olateju revealed during a press briefing.
Ademola-Olateju claims the growth is evidence of the government’s dedication to decentralization and strengthening governance at the local level.
If the plan is approved by the state legislature, the current number of councils in the state will increase from 18 to 51 to reflect the state’s 18 statutory local council districts.
The state’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Charles Titiloye, provided some background on the new LCDAs and their activities by saying they will serve the same purposes as the state’s current 18 councils.
According to Titiloye, the government has already taken the required procedures to implement the idea, having sent the enabling statute for establishing the new LCDAs to the state House of Assembly for enactment.
The Justice Commissioner insisted that the idea would be thoroughly evaluated and debated in the parliamentary process before being put into law.
The State Executive Council has authorized this proposed bill, thus it will be sent to the State House of Assembly to be enacted.
An 11-person committee was appointed by the state government in 2019 to develop new local council areas (LCAs) and make recommendations to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.