Sunday, 21 June 2015


The Peoples Democratic Party has advised Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, to suspend his plans to create  additional 39 local council development areas in addition to the existing 30 local government areas in the state. 
The  Director of Media and Strategy of the PDP in Osun State, Mr.  Diran Odeyemi, gave this advice in a statement made available to our correspondent in Osogbo on Sunday. 
According to the opposition party, the situation on the ground now does not call for creation of new councils when the existing ones have not got enough fund  to make them impact positively on the lives of the people at the grassroots. 
The statement read, “The reality in Osun calls for serious planning because the economy of the state now or even in near future cannot cope with  69 local government councils  when the state could not generate fund to develop the present councils. 
“This is a  poorly conceived idea lacking the understanding and needs of the people of Osun State and its proposed execution at this time shows that governor Aregbesola has lost ideas of what is next in the state. 
“The rest of the country must be astonished about a governor that  has not been able to fulfill its financial obligations to the workforce and plunge the state economy in crisis, but interestingly planning to create new councils  to make Osun as the only state in Nigeria to have 69 councils.” 
The last   House of Assembly which had all its members from the ruling party had, some days before the expiration of their tenure,  passed a bill to establish 39 additional local development areas . This followed  the outcome of a referendum conducted by Osun State Independent Electoral Commission. 
This was preceded by the bill sent to the House by the governor to seek the lawmakers’ approval for the creation of the new council areas. 
The PDP  stated that rather than taking into consideration the peculiar needs of Osun State  and its financial capacity, the governor was busy copying Lagos State programmes even when they were not needed in the state. 

HENRY E. J Williams

Author & Editor

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