Kwara Assembly passes bill to stop incoming govt from dissolving LG councils

Kwara Assembly passes bill to stop incoming govt from dissolving LG councils

- Members of Kwara House of Assembly have stopped the incoming government in the state from dissolving local government councils

- The lawmakers described as unconstitutional the dissolution of democratically elected local councils

- The bill, sponsored by one of the members, Kamal Fagbemi, was passed after the members expressed satisfaction with all clauses contained in the document

The Kwara state House of Assembly on Tuesday, April 23, passed a bill to restrain incoming government from dissolving the existing 16 local government councils of the state before the expiration of their three-year tenure.

Premium Times reports that the bill, which is an amendment, is sponsored by Kamal Fagbemi and passed after the members expressed satisfaction with all clauses contained in the document.

Legit.ng gathered that the motion for the third reading and passage of the bill was moved by the House majority leader, Hassan Oyeleke.

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Before the passage of the bill, the lawmakers in their contributions, described as unconstitutional the dissolution of democratically elected local councils.

The deputy speaker, Mathew Okedare, who presided over the plenary, directed the Clerk of the House, Halimat Kperogi, to prepare a clean copy of the bill for the governor’s assent.

Okedare said the third tier of government was strategic to accelerated socio-economic transformation at the grassroots.

The last local government elections were held in the state on November 17, 2017 where all the 16 councils and the then All Progressives Congress won all the seats (APC).

The members of the councils are expected to spend three years in office. They, however, defected to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) shortly before the 2019 general elections.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that eighteen persons, including Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, were on Monday, February 25, docked before an Ilorin chief magistrates court over the February 19 pre-election violence in Ojoku, Kwara in which one person was killed.

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