Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has assented to the bill creating 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.
Mr. Toye Arulogun, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, said this while briefing newsmen in Ibadan.
He said that the bill, which was enacted by the state House of Assembly, gave legal backing to the creation of LCDAs in the state.
Ajimobi, he said, assented to the bill on Oct. 6 after extensive deliberations on the legislation by the state house of assembly.
He said that a committee would be set up to formulate the modalities for the smooth take off of the LCDAs.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the State Assembly at its sitting on June 16 discussed the creation of LCDAs and subsequently sent correspondence on it to the executive for consideration.
The assembly in its correspondence requested the executive arm to create LCDAs in order to facilitate development at the grassroots.
NAN reports that the state government had on Aug. 23 announced the creation of LCDAs in response to the correspondence from the Assembly.
Arulogun said that there would be 14 LCDAs in Ibadan zone, two in Ibarapa zone, four in Oyo zone, seven in Ogbomoso zone and eight in Oke-ogun zone.
He added that with the creation of the LCDAs, development would be hastened in local communities and government would be brought closer to the people.
Arulogun reiterated that the creation of LCDAs was the government’s response to the yearnings of the people of the state for faster development at the grassroots.
He said creation of LCDAs was a strategic management vehicle for more effective and efficient public service delivery.