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INAUGURATION OF COMMITTEE ON THE CREATION OF LOCAL COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT AREAS IN EKITI STATE

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Text of the Address by His Excellency, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, CON
Governor, Ekiti State, Nigeria on the occasion of the INAUGURATION OF COMMITTEE ON THE CREATION OF LOCAL COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT AREAS IN EKITI STATE
Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Monday, November 16, 2020

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INAUGURATION OF COMMITTEE ON THE CREATION OF LOCAL COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT AREAS IN EKITI STATE

  1. 1. Page 1 of 6 Text of the Address by His Excellency Dr. Kayode Fayemi, CON Governor, Ekiti State, Nigeria on the occasion of the INAUGURATION OF COMMITTEE ON THE CREATION OF LOCAL COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT AREAS IN EKITI STATE Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State Monday, November 16, 2020 Protocols 1. You may recall that exactly one month today, while delivering the ‘State of the State’ address in commemoration of the Second Anniversary of my administration, I mentioned that after extensive consultations, my administration has decided to revisit the creation of Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) from the existing Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Ekiti State. The creation of LCDAs is in furtherance of our commitment to justice and fair play
  2. 2. Page 2 of 6 for all sections of this state and to accommodate all genuine aspirations of our people. 2. Ekiti State has a long history of well-articulated demands for the creation of LCDAs. You may recall that in 2014, a Committee on the Creation of Local Council Development Areas, chaired by Honourable Justice Akinjide Ajakaiye was inaugurated to look into the viability and desirability of the agitation of Ekiti-kete for the creation of additional Local Council Development Areas. The Committee adopted a consultative and inclusive approach to its mandate and presented to government a report that led to the creation of additional 19 Local Council Development Areas from the existing 16 Local Government Areas in the State. 3. The council areas were established after the conduct of a referendum by the State Independent Electoral Commission and consideration of the outcome of the referendum by the Ekiti State House of Assembly in compliance with the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) The 19 new council areas were to operate as Local Council Development Areas pending the concurrence of
  3. 3. Page 3 of 6 the National Assembly, which would accord them the status of full-fledged local government councils. We went a step further by inaugurating Caretaker Chairmen for all the existing 16 Local Government Areas and the newly created 19 Local Council Development Areas. 4. Regrettably, the successor government placed politics above the far-reaching interest of Ekiti people. The process was abandoned just like it did to many of the developmental policies, programmes and projects of my first term. Thankfully, the Local Council Development Area Law, 2014 that provided the legal framework for the creation of the LCDAs was not repealed. This has left us in a desirable position of simply continuing from where we left in 2014. 5. I must emphasise that the creation of the LCDAs is in response to the agitation of our people for enhanced representation at all levels of government. For added emphasis, all through the electioneering process that produced the current administration in Ekiti State, and at various consultative meetings facilitated by government since the inception of this administration,
  4. 4. Page 4 of 6 the request for the creation of additional LCDAs continues to top the list of the demands of our people. 6. As a responsible and responsive government, it is our duty to take decisions that will be of ultimate benefit of the people who elected us to pilot the affairs of the State. I am, satisfied that the creation of LCDAs in Ekiti State will further deepen the existing relationship between government and our people as well as enhance our commitment to the rapid development of all our communities in line with this administration’s 5-pillar developmental agenda. 7. Today we once again commence the process of the creating LCDAs in Ekiti State by the inauguration of the Committee on the Creation of LCDAS. The Terms of Reference of the Committee are: a) Review the Local Council Development Area Law, Ekiti State 2014 and make recommendations on its relevance in view of current legal developments in Ekiti State. b) Consult extensively with the communities where LCDAs secretariat were created by the Local Council
  5. 5. Page 5 of 6 Development Area Law, Ekiti State 2014 and make recommendations on their current economic viability and suitability with a view to ensuring uniformity, equity, fairness across the Local Government Areas. c) Recommend to the State Government practical steps for the creation of Local Council Development Areas out of the existing 16 Local Government Areas in Ekiti State. The Committee will have three months to conclude its assignment. 8. I thank the Chairperson and members of the Committee for agreeing to serve the state in this capacity. The task before the Committee is no doubt daunting. Implicit in the terms of reference is a mandate to advise Government on necessary immediate administrative arrangements as well as proposals for an equitable revenue allocation arrangement to ensure the sustainability of the LCDAs. 9. I urge the Committee to diligently work within the framework of the terms of reference and come up with
  6. 6. Page 6 of 6 a report that will ensure smooth and rancour free arrangement. I enjoin you to approach the assignment with courage, impartiality and equanimity. I have the firm belief that you will deliver on your mandate effectively and satisfactorily. 10. I now formally inaugurate the Committee on Creation of Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Ekiti State to the glory of God and benefit of the people of Ekiti State. Alale Ekiti a gbe a o. Dr. Kayode Fayemi, CON Governor

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