They also reaffirmed their commitment to the administration of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in its efforts at turning around the fortunes of the state.
In a statement issued and signed in Osogbo by the Chairman, Forum of Local Government Chairmen in the state, Kunle Ayantoye, said the government of the state deserves commendation for the purposeful leadership and systematic execution of people-oriented programmes.
The forum appreciated the governor and the state House of Assembly for the confidence reposed in them by extending their tenure for another six months.
“We are always proud to be associated with the purposeful and dynamic leadership of Governor Rauf Aregbesola in the last few years.
“We have partnered progressively with the state government right from inception. We acknowledged with greater appreciation, the full powers the government accorded us that has translated to unprecedented development at the grassroots level.
“The partnership is working; for example, we were able to save in collaboration with the state government to tar 10kms stretch of road in the 30 local government areas of the state.
“This is aside the other road projects and infrastructural development embarked upon by each council area. The relationship has been very perfect with the state legislature that has always provided the necessary and enabling law for our administration.”
On recent developments in the education sector of the state, where conventional primary and secondary schools were remodelled into elementary, middle and high schools, the forum pleads for understanding among all stakeholders.
“We are confident that the current wind will blow us all well, irrespective of our standing in the society as changes are always accompanied by initial scepticism.
“Residents of this state should by now understand and trust the governor for his high level of sincerity. It is important for all school proprietors that are bothered by the new development to continue engaging government in talks for meaningful results.”
The forum also extends greetings to all residents of the state particularly, the Muslim faithful on the occasion of Eid-el-Kabir celebration and sues for continued harmonious coexistence among all religious adherents in the state.
“We felicitate with our Muslim brethren on this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration, we pray Almighty Allah to continue to bless the state and give her residents good health to enjoy the yields of this people-oriented government.
“We have come a long way to determine whatever we see today; never should religious considerations be our problem. Our case is different here; we have always worked together as a people in our efforts to uplift our living conditions.
“And in the annals of the state we have never had it so good. We should continue to explore our areas of strength,” the forum said.