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LG Autonomy Not Sustainable-Oyo Information Commissioner, Oyelade



The Oyo State government has revealed  that local government autonomy can only be sustainable if the federal government steps in to take up financial responsibilities for public primary schools and medical institutions to relieve the financial burdens of the state governments.

This was disclosed when the Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Prince Dotun Oyelade visited the state’s Commissioner for Local Government, Hon. Segun Olayiwola  in his office on a fact finding mission.
Oyelade noted that the salaries and allowances of teachers and local government employees in the state amounts to over five billion naira every month, which he said the state has been managing judiciously to bring dividends of democracy to the grassroots.
Acknowledging Governor Makinde’s commitment to traditional institutions in the state, the Commissioner said that the imminent completion of the palace of  Olubadan of Ibadanland is possible largely because of the personal intervention of the government.
The commissioner praised the Governor for working closely with traditional institutions towards strengthening security architecture across the state, curbing activities of illegal miners  through community based approach and stopping the menace of land grabbers and herdsmen in the state.
Hon. Olayiwola disclosed that Governor Makinde’s administration has enthroned traditional rulers such as imperial majesties, royal majesties, royal highnesses and Baales running to over 60 in a bid to secure the territorial integrity of Oyo State.
Speaking on the vacant stool of the Alaafin of Oyo, the Commissioner said  that the State Government is committed to the age-long tradition of a proper selection process.
He said that the government will ensure the integrity of the selection process and prevent any form of compromise in choosing a new Alaafin for the people.
Regarding the upcoming April 27 Local Government election, the Commissioner assured members of the public that the Ministry is working tirelessly to ensure that the election is free and fair
Reiterating the ministry’s commitment to upholding democracy and good governance in Oyo State, the Commissioner stressed the importance of a peaceful electoral process.
He further urged all stakeholders, including political parties, candidates, and voters, to abide by the rules and regulations of the electoral commission.
——Kunle Bakare.
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