A pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Oduduwa United People Association, has called on the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, to expedite action on his plans to create Local Council Development Areas across the state.
The group made this call on Sunday in Abeokuta, in a statement jointly signed by its Founder/National President, Chief Olawale Taofeek, and Secretary, Salaudeen Alausa, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent.
Governor Amosun had, during his inauguration on May 29 for a second term in office, announced his plans to create the LCDAs.
The group said Amosun should immediately put machinery in motion for the creation of the LCDAs in order to satisfy the yearning of the people of the state.
ODUPA, in the same vein, urged the people of the state to support the initiative of the Amosun administration in creating the LCDAs in the state.
While noting that creating the LCDAs would bring governance closer to the people at the grassroots, ODUPA also argued that the existence of the LCDAs would create job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths and other residents in the rural areas.
The statement read in part, “The creation of the LCDAs would enhance rural development and stem rural-urban migration across the state.
“We particularly applaud the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, for giving urgent and prior attention to the creation of Local Council Development Areas across the state.
“This policy will, indeed, not only bring governance closer to our people at the grassroot level, but will also create job opportunities, enhance rural development programmes and reduce rural-urban migration, among others.
“While calling on the state government to actualise this wonderful project, we also call on the stakeholders at various levels and the good people of the state in general to warmly support the initiative of the present administration so as to continue the mission to rebuild.
“Consequently, Ogun State will be transformed beyond everybody’s imagination for both unprecedented rapid growth and infrastructural development across the state and (the state) will serve as a pacesetter for other states in Nigeria to emulate.”
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