Commission chief warns Fayose not to scrap LCDAs

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Sep 1st, 2014
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Chairman of Ekiti State Local Government Service (ELGS) Chief Ranti Adebisi has cautioned that any attempt by the incoming administration to scrap the new local council development areas will set it against the people.

Adebisi, in a statement yesterday, noted that the creation of the LCDAs was borne out of the people’s genuine demands for more councils.

He added that they were not created to cause problems for the incoming government.

He said the process of creating the LCDAs preceded the last governorship election, adding that it would not serve any purpose for anybody to read political meanings to their creation.

The government last month created 19 LCDAs in addition to the 16 councils. It has also appointed caretaker committees to oversee the affairs of the LCDAs.

But the state governor-elect, Mr. Ayo Fayose, whose party – the PDP – opposed the creation of the new LCDAs, said his administration would not fund the new councils.

Adebisi noted that the creation of LCDAs would not add any burden to the incoming government as it has not increased the workforce.

Rather, he said the councils’ formation has created more space for career workers at the top echelon of the local government service

“Besides, it has further brought government closer to the grassroots and ensure wider participation by the people,” he said.

He stressed that the creation of the LCDAs has met the stipulated procedure as stated in the constitution, adding that Ekiti people should ensure that the desire of the people are met through the new LCDAs

Adebisi  maintained that council workers are happy with the new LCDAs, which has accounted for the successful take off of the new councils

He added that the donation of structures and equipment for the smooth take off of the LCDAs by communities showed that they were widely accepted.

Adebisi stressed that the communities, whose age long agitation for new councils were met by the Fayemi administration, have been praising the government for meeting their demands.

On the performance of the commission, he said it has restored the confidence of the workers in the APC administration.

He said despite the attempt at instigating the workers against the outgoing government, the commission has served the best interest of the workers and government in ensuring the harmonious relationship between them.

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