AKURE – The newly created Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), which are still undergoing ratification at Ondo State House of Assembly, have begun to experience a setback as youths in Akure, the state capital, have rejected the proposed LCDAs carved out of Akure North and Akure South local government areas.
The youths under the aegis of Akure Youth Coalition described the newly created LCDAs as “unjust and unfair....CONTINUE READING
In a statement jointly signed by Adekambi Oluwatuyi Daniel, Adeyeye Micheal and Oluyi Tayo, President, General Secretary and National Organizing Secretary of the coalition respectively, condemned the creation, saying “The LCDAs as created did not take into consideration the memoranda submitted to the government Committee by Akure Kingdom, which requested for the creation of EIGHT (8) LCDAS from Akure South.”
They argued that more LCDAs were created from smaller local governments in the state, wondering why Akure North/ Akure South local governments which are large in size was treated differently.
According to the state, the youths said: “After series of stakeholders’ meetings and consultations, we the sons and daughters of Akure have resolved to reject the lopsided spread of the new LCDAS in the State, especially the decision to create only three LCDAs from the current Akure South local government area and only one LCDA from the current Akure North local government area. This, to us, is a political exercise aimed at shortchanging the people of Akure.
“What logical explanation can the government give for creating more LCDAs from a smaller local government than Akure South local government, the state capital? With the proposal of the government, the current Akure South/Akure North federal constituency will now have six (6) LGA/LCDAS another federal constituency will have eight (8) LGA/LCDAS. How logical is this?
“In every State of the country where LCDAs have been created, including our neighbouring Ekiti, the state capital gets more than any other local government. Why is that of Ondo State different? Who are those pushing this satanic agenda in the government of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who has been absent from office in recent months? What offence has Akure committed to deserve this kind of insulting treatment from the government?
“We the people of Akure therefore reject in its totality any LCDA creation that will shortchange our people. We are peace-loving people and we therefore urge the government not to carry out any exercise that will threaten the peace we have been enjoying in our communities with a politically motivated exercise.
“Creating three LCDAs from Akure South and one from Akure North grossly underrepresents us in terms of human population, voting population, land mass, housing units, utilities and public facilities.
“Akure North with one of the biggest land masses and Akure South with the biggest population and largest contribution to the economy of the state deserve more LCDAs as both LGs are crucial to the development of the State.
“If the aim of the creation of the LCDAs is to bring development closer to the grassroots, then citing the headquarters of the new LCDA from Akure North in Oba-Ile, which an urban area, defeats such aim when there are less developed communities like Ilu-Abo, Igbatoro, Igoba, etc….CONTINUE READING