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Osun Assembly Passes Local Government Administration Amendment Bill

Osun State House of Assembly has passed the Osun Local Government Administration Amendment NO. 7 Bill 2021.

This follows a Motion moved by the Majority Leader Mr. Maruf Olanrewaju for the third reading of the Bill.

The Bill, sponsored by the Speaker, Mr. Timothy Owoeye, to amend the Local Government Administration No. 6 law of 2016 and other connected purposes now empowers the Governor to fill vacant positions in the Local Governments Administration.

The Speaker at Plenary explained that section 2(a) of the Osun State Local Government Administration amendment No. 6 Bill 2016 is amended forthwith as “Where a Local Government Council, Local Council Development Areas or Area Council is dissolved and no election has been conducted to reconstitute the council or it has become impracticable to immediately conduct election to fill the vacancies thereby created, the Governor shall appoint a Caretaker Management Committee to run the affairs of the council for a period not exceeding six months.

He said the Local Government Caretaker Management Committee shall comprise the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary to the Local Government and a member from each of the wards in the local Government Area or Local Council Development Area.

The Speaker, however, stressed that the appointments shall be subjected to the confirmation of the House of Assembly.

It would be recalled that the tenure of the elected officials of Local Governments in the state expired February 5th, 2021 and Chairmen had since handed over the administration of local Governments to the most senior career officers of Councils.

Funmi Adekoya

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