Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has said that the State created 35 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), to further deepen the dividends of democracy, and that the government had established a committee to look into genuine complaints from the LCDAs’ creation.
According to Ceoafrica, Ajimobi, who disclosed this at the town hall meeting held for the people of Oyo and Ogbomoso geo-political zones on Tuesday, also stated that the government would revoke the ownership of any unused fertile land for agriculture.
He added that the government would distribute the 210 hectares at Rural Community Development Centre (RCDC), Awe, Oyo Town, to farmers to boost food production in the state.
The meeting which had in attendance traditional rulers, community, religious and party leaders, cultural and ethnic groups, youths and students, non-governmental organisations and labour leaders among others was the third in the series of recently resuscitated stakeholders’ engagement between the government and the citizens to discuss and jointly find solutions to critical issues affecting the state.
Ajimobi reiterated that there was no going back on the conduct of local government elections in the state in February 2017, noting that the newly created LCDAs were not perfect but that the government had started considering petitions received with a view to making necessary adjustments.
According to him, “We realized that we need to further deepen the dividends of our government and that is why we created the LCDAs. If we started from the scratch, it will take time.
“We know the creation is not perfect but we are ready to make necessary adjustments. We are being guided by the principles of fairness to all, we are going to follow the federal government’s approved map for the state and we will follow the constitution of the land in redressing the grievances from the LCDAs creation”.
He explained that the drop in oil revenue had turned everybody back to the once abandoned agriculture, stressing that his administration was constructing automated silos of international standard in Atiba Local Government to boost food storage in order to improve food security.