The abuse of the much talked about local government autonomy was recently taken a notch higher in Oyo State with the report of the appointment of Secretaries, Supervisory Councillors and Special Assistants for the 33 Local Government Areas and 35 Local Council Development Areas in Oyo State.
According to reports, which were never denied, Oyo State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Bayo Lawal made public the new lists to chairmen of the local government areas and local council development areas at State Secretariat, Ibadan.
Governor Seyi Makinde was said to have ordered the immediate withdrawal of the initial lists three days after its approval following allegations that the lists were manipulated.
Upon its release, helmsman from each of the 33 local government areas reportedly throngs the office of the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters for the lists for their respective council areas. The release of the new lists followed the conclusion of screening by the committee set up to look at the appointments across all the local councils.
This is nothing but an aberration of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution that confers autonomy on local government. The nation has been regaled with abuse of the state-local government joint account. It is a known fact that allocation to local governments in most states of the federation, if not all, from federal allocation is dispensed at the whim and caprice of state chief executives.
UNCENSORED maintains that until the local government is expunged from the 1999 Constitution and made sole responsibility of state governments, the abuse will continue unabated.
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