Ondo lawmakers agree, dissolve all local government councils

Ondo lawmakers agree, dissolve all local government councils

- The Ondo House of Assembly has passed a motion to dissolve the 18 local government councils in the state

- The House noted that the tenures of the caretaker committees of the local councils had expired and that a further extension had elapsed

- The motion, moved by the deputy majority leader of the House, was unanimously adopted

The entire 18 caretaker committees of the local government councils in Ondo were, on Thursday, June 13, dissolved by the state’s House of Assembly thus resulting in uncertainties among politicians at the grassroots.

Legit.ng learnt that the lawmakers, who had adjourned till July 9, were summoned for the emergency sitting for the purpose of taking a decision on the tenure of local government chairmen.

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Premium Times reports that the tenure of the caretaker committees had elapsed since October, 2018. They were, however, left in office for another six months.

The motion for the dissolution of the councils was moved by the deputy majority leader of the House, Oluwasegun Ajimotokin, while reminding his colleagues that the tenure extension had expired.

He noted that the issue had been debated and resolved at the parliamentary meeting by his colleagues.

“The House at its parliamentary meeting has adequately debated the tenure of local government and resolved that they should be dissolved.

“I hereby move a motion for the dissolution of the committees across the 18 local government areas of Ondo state with immediate effect,” the lawmaker said.

The motion was seconded by the leader of the House, Jamiu Maito.

The lawmakers unanimously adopted the motion when it was put to a voice vote by the speaker of the House, Bamidele Oleyelogun.

Speaker Oleyelogun then directed the caretaker committees of the 18 local governments to hand over to the directors in their councils.

Legit.ng earlier reported that the governor of Benue state, Samuel Ortom, recently stated that he was not against local government autonomy as being reported in a section of the media.

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The governor made the clarification on Sunday, June 2, via a statement sent to Legit.ng by his chief press secretary, Terver Akase.

The statement noted that Governor Ortom is one of the governors who supported constitutional amendment granting local governments autonomy.

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