Creation Of New Councils Legal, Says Aregbesola

Rauf-AregbesolaOsun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, said on Monday that the objective of his administration in conducting a referendum on local government council creation is in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to a statement on Monday by the media aide to the governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, the new local councils which will be created will meet the required standard.

He said that his government was prompted into embarking on the exercise to meet the genuine desire and consent of the people of the state.

The governor stated this after casting his vote at the Ifofin Ward 8 Unit 1 in Ilesa during the referendum on the creation of new local governments in the state by the Osun Independent Electoral Commission.

He stressed that the state government was determined to ensure that all legal, technical and constitutional procedures are followed to the letter in the council creation processes hence the referendum in all wards of the state.

The state government, in year 2012, set up a committee to look into how the state could create viable local government councils with sustainable socio-economic potential.

A former Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Prof. Mojeed Alabi, was made the chairman of the committee which has since submitted its report.