The Ondo State House of Assembly has successfully passed a bill that paves the way for the establishment of 33 new Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) following its approval during the third reading at the plenary session.
Upon the bill’s enactment into law, these newly formed LCDAs will coexist alongside the existing 18 local government areas already present in the state.
The assembly stated that the primary objective of this development is to strengthen governance, ensure efficient service delivery, and stimulate grassroots progress within the state.
Initiated by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, the bill was forwarded to the house for official validation.
In order to ensure a comprehensive and inclusive perspective, the bill underwent a public hearing during which concerned communities submitted their inputs.
Subsequently, the bill was referred to the Committee of the Whole House for further deliberation.
At the plenary session, Deputy Speaker Abayomi Akinruntan presented the committee’s report and highlighted the importance of considering cultural cohesion when delineating boundaries for the new LCDAs.
He emphasized that this approach would foster unity and inclusivity among the diverse communities within the state.
Akinruntan underscored the crucial role of the state’s Surveyor General’s office in the boundary demarcation process. This would ensure that the newly established LCDAs align harmoniously with existing geographical and cultural aspects.
He emphasized that this strategy would help avert conflicts and encourage peaceful coexistence among the populace.
The bill’s passage into law was facilitated by the Majority Leader of the House, Ogunmolasuyi Oluwole, with support from Ogunlana Christopher, who seconded the motion.
In his ruling, Speaker Oladiji Olamide praised the governor’s initiative in establishing the new LCDAs and expressed optimism that the House’s notable observations and recommendations would be duly implemented.
He urged the citizens of Ondo State to remain optimistic and avoid actions that could spark unnecessary discord, thereby threatening the prevailing peace in the state.
He conveyed, “Let me appeal to the good people of Ondo State to please keep their hope alive as the current position of the House is not an end in itself but a means to a positive end.”
With the successful passage of the bill into law, the total number of councils within the state has now increased to 51.
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