•19 councils get legal backing
Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi has said the creation of 19 new Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) is not a political trap for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The governor spoke at Ado-Ekiti yesterday while signing into law the Bill for the Creation of Local Government Areas (2014) following its passage by the House of Assembly.
Fayemi, at the signing ceremony witnessed by members of the Assembly and Executive Council, said: “This is a promise fulfilled following the yearnings of Ekiti people, yearnings that predated the commencement of our time in office on October 2010. We will all recall that the first executive governor of this State had attempted to create new local government areas before the end of his tenure in office. That was not to be. But our people never stopped requesting for additional local governments in order to bring development closer to them.
“This is not a political trap for anyone, I must say that. This is without prejudice to whatever transition arrangements that are being put in place because these are minimum irreducible demands of Ekiti people. What we have done is simply fulfil the yearnings of our people, and we hope that succeeding administrations in the state will build on this effort.”
According to the governor, the new local government areas would come into immediate effect in all the areas affected, “following necessary assets sharing and the necessary implementation of administrative responsibility”.
Fayemi said transitional political leadership would be appointed for the councils.