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Why LG autonomy may be impossible, by Ekiti Senator

As Fayose swears in LG bosses today

By Rotimi Ojomoyela

Ado Ekiti—The Chairman, Senate Committee on Air Force, Senator Duro Faseyi, has said that autonomy for local governments in the country would remain a pipe dream, so long as governors continue to maintain their stranglehold on the states House of Assembly.

The Senator representing Ekiti North Senatorial District, accused the state governors of exerting unnecessary influence on the assembly to stall the efforts of the senate to complete the process of constitution amendments granting autonomy to all the 774 councils.

Faseyi, who canvassed fiscal autonomy for the councils, said allowing governors to continue to appoint caretaker committees would jeopardise efforts at fighting poverty at the grassroot.

Speaking in Iludun Ekiti yesterday on the outcome of the Saturday, December 19 local government elections in Ekiti, Faseyi praised Governor Ayodele Fayose for installing democratic structures in all the 16 local government areas of the state by conducting local government elections, saying this would guarantee some level of independence for the tier.

Fayose swears in newly-elected 16 LG chairmen today

Meantime, following the victory of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the Saturday local government elections, the victorious helmsmen are expected to be sworn-in today by Governor Fayose.

The PDP swept the polls across the state.

Their inauguration would come up at the governor’s office in Ado-Ekiti, after collecting certificate of return from the state independent electoral commission.



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