Osun com­mu­ni­ties de­mand new coun­cil area

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul-Hameed Olawale, Osogbo

Three com­mu­ni­ties out of the present Ifelo­dun Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of Osun State have called on the state govern­ment to cre­ate a new coun­cil area for them.

The com­mu­ni­ties, Obaa­gun, Iba, EkoEnde and Eko-Ajala, ap­pealed to Gover­nor Rauf Aregbesola, to ap­prove the cre­ation of Ifelo­dun-North Lo­cal Govern­ment Area from the present Ifelo­dun Lo­cal Govern­ment.

At a stake­hold­ers sum­mit held in Iba at the weekend, tra­di­tional rulers of the com­mu­ni­ties in­clud­ing no­table per­son­al­i­ties from the town stressed the need for the Aregbesola’s ad­min­is­tra­tion to cre­ate a new coun­cil area for the three com­mu­ni­ties.

The Olobaa­gun of Obaa­gun, Oba Ji­moh Oku­nade, said it was nec­es­sary to cre­ate a new coun­cil area out of the present Ifelo­dun Lo­cal Govern­ment Area which com­prises of five ma­jor towns and over 15 vil­lages.

He said such would fa­cil­i­tate so­cio eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of com­mu­ni­ties that make up the area.

Also, Chair­man of the Lo­cal Govern­ment Cre­ation Im­ple­men­ta­tion Com­mit­tee, Ar­chi­tect Osuo­lale Olaniyi, averred that the three com­mu­ni­ties are de­prived of po­lit­i­cal and so­cial rights in the present Ifelo­dun Lo­cal Govern­ment, hence the call for the cre­ation of a new coun­cil.

He said the three com­mu­ni­ties have agreed to live to­gether har­mo­niously if their re­quest is granted.

The state govern­ment re­cently ap­proved the cre­ation of 30 additional coun­cil ar­eas across the state in line with rec­om­men­da­tions of the lo­cal govern­ment cre­ation com­mit­tee headed by Pro­fes­sor Mo­jeed Alabi.

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