Community Interest Will Be Given Priority – Ede East Council Boss

The newly elected Chairman of Ede East Local Council Development Area, Sekona, Mr Sikiru Adewale has assured the people of the LCDA of his administration’s commitment towards giving community interest a priority.

According to a statement by the Information Officer of the council, Hammed Oyeniyi, Akanni gave the assurance while delivering his maiden speech after he was unanimously elected as the Chairman by his fellow parliamentarians in the council and sworn-in by the newly elected Leader of the House, Honourable Ayodele Mojeed.

Akanni charged his fellow parliamentarians to consider passing bye-laws which will guarantee good governance and the best quality services delivery for the people of the LCDA, saying, “We cannot afford to let our people down, hence we must ensure that  we deliver to impact lives positively and bring dividend of democracy to the door step of our people”.

He thanked the Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for bringing the government closer to the people at the grassroots by creating LCDAs, Area Councils and Administrative Offices.

The council boss also admonished all citizens and dwellers of the LCDA to always perform their civic responsibilities by paying taxes and other levies as may be required saying this will afford government the capability to accomplish her good intentions for the entire populace.

Other Principal Officers elected are; Sakariyau Saheed Tunde as Vice Chairman; Kareem Kabiru Asafe as Deputy Leader and Oni Bukola Wuraola a member of the House.

The Council Manager, Comrade Abiodun Gboyega Ojo in his opening address gave kudos to the Governor by setting pace for other states to follow with the introduction of  Parliamentary system in the Local Government in the state, describing Osun as a pacesetter.

He assured the new cabinet of the council the commitment and cooperation of the entire staff members.

In their separate goodwill messages, The Olu of Sekona, Oba Abdul Waheed Adebowale Oyeniran; Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Dr. Yunus Olalekan; and an APC Leader, Alhaji Sule Alao enjoined the council’s parliamentarians to be good ambassadors of their party and impact positively without playing politics with governance.

The inaugural sitting of the House was graced by Oba Abdul Wasiu Iwaloye Abidoye, Ologobi of Ogobi; Chiefs, APC  stalwarts, all HODs and staff members of the LCDA, party members and well wishers.

Irepodun South Council Boss Hails Parliamentary System Innovation

The Chairman, Irepodun South Local Council Development Area, Honourable Adekunle Kamoli Oloyede has said that the newly-introduced parliamentary system at the Local Government level would be a catalyst for bringing the desired sustainable growth and development to the grassroots in the state.

He made the statement at the council secretariat in Erin Osun during his swearing-in ceremony and inauguration of members of the parliament in the council, as the parliamentarian elected their principal officers into various offices.

Gbadamosi Dauda Ishola was elected as the vice Chairman by the parliamentarians; Adeniran Kazali Ajibola was elected the leaders of the house; Adurolu Isiaka Ayanbisi was elected as the Deputy leader while Asiru Latifat Adenike is a member of the Parliament.

In his acceptance speech, Oloyede expressed his appreciation to Almighty Allah and to Governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for introducing parliamentary system of government at this point in time.

According to him, the system would fastrack development at the grassroots and reduce cost of governance.

He then congratulated all members of the Parliament well-wishers and their relatives for their understanding, maturity and cooperation in ensuring the successful conduct of the election in Irepodun South LCDA.

He concluded his address by expressing gratitude to the stakeholders in the council, starting from the Elerin of Erin-Osun, Oba Yusuf Omoloye, the council of chiefs, as well as the entire people of the council for their support so far and promised not to let them down.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Engineer Rufus Oyegbile commended the governor for his wisdom which, he said is obvious in the infrastructure developments across the state despite the dwindling resources coming from the federal government purse couple with the global economic recession.

He then enjoined all the Parliamentarians to emulate the good work to ensure continuity in government, just as he reminded all the councillors not to forget the promise made to the electorates and wished them a successful tenure.

 

Council Manager Escapes Atttack Over Chairmanship Tussle

By Israel Afolabi

The Council Manager of Ede North Area Council, Mrs. Nike Adepoju, on Wednesday was nearly lynched at the premises of Osun House of Assembly complex by protesters over the inauguration of the newly elected councillors for the council.

Adepoju, who was invited for a meeting by the House Committee Chairman on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Honourable Wasiu Adebayo based on a petition written against her by aggrieved elected councillors, was saved by pressmen at the assembly,   who whisked her away into an office.

The council manager, while coming out of the meeting held at the parliamentary room of the assembly, was ambushed by protesters, who were apparently not satisfied with the resolution of the lawmakers.

During the meeting, the aggrieved councillors alleged that they were deliberately locked out of the venue of the inauguration, which took place on Feb.  22.

They added that locking them out denied them the opportunity of taking oath of office and also to participate in the selection of Executive Chairman that would lead the team.

They alleged that the council manager acted in connivance with the State Commissioner for Local Government and chieftaincy Affairs, Barr Kolapo Alimi, who was also part of the meeting.

But, Alimi, in his response said that the affected councillors refused to show up for the inauguration, saying that he later ordered the council manager to proceed with the inauguration since they were duly informed.

Speaking earlier at the meeting, Mr Uthman Kamil, who was the sole councillor inaugurated out of the three councillors, confirmed that he was the only one at the venue of the inauguration.

However, the affected councillors, Ismail Adeniyi and Oyewale Sheriff,   in their separate responses, stated that they were not duly informed of the venue of the inauguration.

They said they were directed to a different place apart from the real designated venue for the inauguration.

Members of the All progressive Congress, who were also at the meeting said that they would resist any imposition of candidate on them.

The lawmakers in their remarks appealed to the aggrieved party members to sheath their swords as the house would look into it with a view to finding a lasting solution to the issue.

They however berated the Council Manager for carrying out the inauguration in the absence of others.

Obokun Council Boss Promises Physical, Human Development

The newly-inaugurated Chairman, Obokun Local Government, Mrs Olatunde Adejoke has promised the people of the council area, both physical and human development.

She made the promise shortly after taking the oath of office as the Chairman of the council recently.

Barrister Adejoke who appreciated God and the people of the council for her emergence as the council boss after the entrenchment of parliamentary system at the local government level, said all efforts would be made by her administration to justify the confidence reposed in her by the people of the council and most especially her colleagues in the parliament.

The council boss implored the citizens of Obokun Local Government both at home and in diaspora to rally round the administration in order to make her dream for the council becomes a reality.

According to a statement by the Principal Information Officer of the council, Bayo Oladotun, the newly-elected chairman also used the opportunity to call on all indigenes in diaspora to come home and embark on developmental projects that would help in the transformation of the area to a better haven.

Lauding Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his visionary and dynamic leadership towards the development of the state, the council boss noted that the efforts of the government at the state level would be complemented by her administration in the local government to ensure that people get to enjoy the dividends of democracy.

Other members of the newly-inaugurated council’s parliament are, Mr Ogunwuyi Babatunde as the Vice Chairman, Alhaji Oladiran Ashaolu as the leader, Mrs. Ogundipe Tobi as the deputy leader and Owoeye Kolawole as a member of the parliament.

Present at the inauguration ceremony were traditional rulers;  the Apetu of Ipetu-Ile, Oba Oludele Falade; Alademure of Ibokun, Oba Festus Awogboro; Alase of Ilase-Ijesha, HRM, Isiaka Adesina; Olomu of Ijaregbe, Oba E.A. Adetimo; and Alahun of Ilahun, Oba Lawrence Olamiju.

Among party members and leaders at the event were, members of the Osun House of Assembly representing Obokun Constituency, Honourable Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, Chief Jumoke Ogunkeye (J.M.K.); Honourable Oladimeji Olamijulo; Chief Bosun Omole; Barrister (Mrs.) Dupe Ajayi; Engr. Olatunde and Mr Agbaje Olatunde among others.

COMMUNITY: Ife North LG Inaugurates Principal Political Office Holders

 

Tuesday, 13th February, 2018 will remain an historic day, as members of the parliament in Ife North Local Government, were inaugurated with fanfare at the headquarters of the council, Ipetumodu.

The immediate past Executive Secretary of the council, Taiwo Hassan Orosanya, emerged as the executive chairman of the local government, sequel to his nomination by a member of the parliament, Olayiwola Ibraheem and seconded by Ayoola Adeyeba while other members supported his nomination.

According to a statement by the Information Officer of the council, Olonade Tunde, Adeyeba emerged as the Vice Chairman, while Olayiwola was nominated and emerged as the leader of the parliament. Bakare Nafiu Kolawole emerged as the Deputy Leader.

The Clerk of the house, Mrs. Odejide administered the oath of office on the principal officers and other members of the parliament in the presence of the Council Manager, Mrs. Adeyeye, other dignitaries including, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Bisi Odewumi, Honourable Ipoola Binuyo and a host of other leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In his acceptance speech, Orosanya thanked the community, political leaders and members in the council for their supports towards his emergence as the council boss.

Reeling out his achievements as the head of the council’s caretaker management team prior to his election, he mentioned the provision of seven 500KVA transformers for various communities, sinking of four motorised boreholes, organising skills acquisition programme for the physically challenged people, opening up of Omoluabi Residential Housing Scheme among others.

He assured that if he could record such tremendous feats as the head of caretaker management team, more should be expected with the help of God, support of his colleagues in the parliament, as well as the people of the council.

He said with the kind of innovations that would be brought on board, all the revenue generating potentials of the council would be harnessed to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) that would be used for the development of the council.

Orosanya then solicited the support of everyone, more importantly the taxable adults to always pay their taxes as and when due.

Gubernatorial Aspirant Tasks Grassroots Parliamentarians

A gubernatorial hopeful in the state of Osun, Mr Olugboyega Alabi, has tasked the newly elected councillors across the 389 local governments, Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) and Area Council to strive to justify the confidence reposed in them by their constituents, through a people-oriented legislation and good governance.

Alabi, gave the charge in a congratulatory message to the new grassroots legislators in Osogbo.

The economist cum politician stressed that the fact that local government is the closest government to the people has made it mandatory for the council parliamentarians to bring the dividends of democracy to the doorsteps of the masses.

BOA used the avenue to laud Governor Rauf Aregbesola for his rare ingenuity that led to the introduction of parliamentary system of government at the local level.

The Ikire born philanthropist urged the people to also play their part by ensuring regular payment of tax and other levies that would assist the government to perform its statutory functions effectively, as being done at the state level under Aregbesola, especially in the area of infrastructure development across the nooks and crannies of the state

This same effort, he pledged would be consolidated by him when he becomes the governor of the state later this year.

Alabi, who urged the new councillors to key into the six-point integral action plan of the Aregbesola administration, then wished them a successful tenure of office.

LG Administration: Parliamentary System Gains Acceptability In Osun

By Francis Ezediuno

The parliamentary system of government which the government of the state of Osun has adopted for the local government administration has been given thumbs up by a cross section of the citizens in the state.

Speaking against the backdrop of the victory of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the just concluded local government election conducted in the state on Saturday, 27th January, 2018, the opinion of Nigerians was that the system was the best in the state considering many factors which included high cost of running government and curbing corruption and administrative excesses.

Speaking in support, Mr. Isaac Adediji, a popular publisher in Igbona Area of Osogbo stated that the high cost of running the presidential system must have been the reason why the state adopted parliamentary style at the local government level.

“There is no hiding the truth, we all know that the presidential system of government is one that is very expensive to run but since the constitution gives power to states to run the local governments as it is a subordinate constituent unit, then I think the decision of Osun to experiment with the parliamentary system should be allowed to stay.

“Let us use Osun as a case study, then the sustenance of Parliamentary system will depend on the success story of Osun.

“In as much as there were no electoral malpractices and the system was credible, we should let it be.

“Nigeria is a federation, where all the units are equal. In that case, Osun can do whatever it wishes within the confines of the constitution of the land”.

Meanwhile, a community leader in Baruwa Estate, Osogbo, Mr. Jamiu Abdulmalik stated that the government in its wisdom had done what it thought best.

According to him, though the presidential system is expensive, the parliamentary system too had its own advantages and disadvantages.

“We have tried the presidential system in 1979, 1983, 1993 and 1999 while the parliamentary system was practiced and terminated in 1966.

“We are not asking the whole of the country to revert to this system but let each state conducts its local government affair the best way they deem fit so as to conserve funds.

“In campaigns under the parliamentary system, the electorates will vote for councillors who will in turn elect a chairman amongst themselves”.

Another community leader, Alhaji Opeyemi Olagunju observed that it was all part of the regional integration agenda that Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola had been championing.

According to him, he was happy that even the federal government has become aware of it.

He noted that prior to now, the federal government never talked of state police but of recent the vice-president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo came out publicly in support of it.

 

Osun Parliamentary System For Service Delivery In Grassroots – Attorney General

By Nofisat Marindoti
The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the State of Osun, Dr. Ajibola Basiru, has explained the rationale behind the introduction of parliamentary system in the local governments by Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s administration.
He said the decision was to reposition the local councils for effective service delivery to the people at the grassroots.
Delivering a paper titled “Parliamentary System – An Overview of the Guidelines for Administration of the Local Government” in Osogbo, the state capital, Basiru said that Aregbesola’s administration has demonstrated commitment to the growth and development of the local government system in the state.
According to him, “the introduction of the parliamentary system of government is aimed at galvanizing the local government system in the state and reposition the councils for effective service delivery.
“It is therefore imperative to train the newly elected councillors and management staff of the councils on the nature and workings of the parliamentary system.”
The Attorney General also took time to explain the functions and responsibilities of the different arms and functionaries of government at the local level.
“In order to minimize the effects of the incipient strains and stresses associated with the introduction of a novel system, the State Government of Osun has developed a standard guideline for the administration of local government.
“Transfer of political power to local areas by involving the inhabitants in the provision of the basic needs in their respective community.” he added.

Now That 389 Councillors Have Been Sworn-In

By Sodiq Yusuf

Tuesday, the 6th of February, 2017 will go down in the history of the State of Osun, when the first set of parliamentarians at the local government level, the first in the history of Nigeria’s 19 years of democratic dispensation were inaugurated by Governor Rauf Aregbesola.

Although, controversial to many of how a government will run at the grassroots with only councillors and not the customary local government “Chairman” that is from the culture of the Presidential system of government practiced in Nigeria since 1999, the system has fully taken off in Osun without any aberration to the constitution of the Federal Republic (as amended).

Section 7 explains it all why the present government in Osun decided to take this into consideration before setting the agenda for the take-off of the parliamentary system of government at the local level of governance.

According to Governor Rauf Aregbesola during the ceremony, “The process culminating in today’s ceremony is in fulfilment of Section 7 (1) of the Nigerian constitution that requires that ‘The system of local government by democratically elected local government councils is under this Constitution guaranteed; and accordingly, the Government of every State shall, subject to section 8 of this Constitution, ensure their existence under a Law which provides for the establishment, structure, composition, finance and functions of such councils.

“You will recall that in 2012, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria asked for memoranda on the review of the 1999 Constitution.  A 15-man committee was set up in Osun under the chairmanship of Barrister Gbadegesin Adedeji to aggregate the opinion and views from the state. The committee held public sittings for three weeks during which members of the public, institutions, non-governmental organisations and others made their various submissions.

Aregbesola Speaking After Swearing In The Councillors

“In the end, it was the overwhelming wish of the people, as stated in the committee’s report, that parliamentary system of government be adopted at all levels of government. What we have done therefore is to defer to the wish of the people in their clamour for parliamentary system of government.”

“Secondly, parliamentary system is more democratic, compared to the executive, in that the executive system tends towards dictatorship, arbitrariness and absolutism, since power is concentrated in one man’s hand, with little or no check. Whereas, in a parliamentary system, the executive emerges from and is formed in the parliament, making the members of parliament to be members of the executive as well and the leadership of the executive to be first among equals, primus inter pares.”

Going by these words by Rauf Aregbesola, the councillors that emerged after a keenly contested election on January 27, 2018, following many years of delayed tactics employed by those who are afraid of their inevitable defeat and rejection at the polls in the grassroots have the constitutional mandate to serve their people passionately without due hindrance from the law.

Now let’s go into the benefits as highlighted by the Governor, “because the executive members are appointed from parliament, a lot of cost is saved, compared to when fresh persons have to be appointed as ministers, commissioners, chairmen of councils etc. This system also saves campaign cost and reduces the impetus for corruption considering that a candidate only need to campaign in his or her constituency, unlike in the executive system where a presidential candidate must tour the whole country and a governorship candidate must tour the whole state while a chairmanship candidate must tour the entire local council.”

A cross-section of the councillors

According to him “The final reason parliamentary system is preferred is that it affirmed the supremacy of the political party. The party is an institution that is greater than an individual.  It is a body that personifies the views, ideologies, beliefs and tendency of a political association. When a citizen joins a party, it is because he or she agrees for what it stands for. Indeed, parties campaign for elections on the strength of their tendency and field candidates that embody and will represent the party in every way.”

“This brings stability, reliability, predictability and order to the political system. This is why studies have consistently shown that parliamentary systems are more stable and less prone to corruption, compared to the executive system.”

The Governor had strong words for the 389 councillors and their responsibility in government. He harped on three things, environmental sanitation, market stability and revenue generation. As if he knew what was on my mind, we all know the problems associated with these three areas especially at the grassroots.

Another Set of the New Parliamentarians at the Local Government Level in the State of Osun

There is no doubting the fact that Osun is the most urbanized state in Nigeria, from Osogbo to Ile-Ife, Ikirun, Ilesa, Iwo, Ede, Ejigbo, Ila, Ikire. And with the drive of the O-Clean initiative of the present administration, one needs to point out the fact that most areas in Osun are not living up to expectation in terms of environmental sanitation.

The councillors should see themselves as agents of change to make for a cleaner environment, cleaner markets and sane atmosphere.

They must also make sure that markets are viable to ensure that the internally generated revenue of their respective councils. IGR is necessary at this stage of governance when the state finances are at a low ebb. Revenue Generation of councils must rise at this point in time. Councillors and their chairpersons must see governance as a duty and call to serve their people.

Aside revenue, they must be agents of change at their level. They should always strive to provide succour and relief to their people’s feelings, yearnings and aspirations. The state of things at the local government level has not been rosy since the last elections in 2007. Many have not been able to direct their concerns to elected representatives since there have not been elections. The council managers and executive secretaries have tried their best but people still want those they elect to be in power.

Now that the 389 councillors of Local Governments, Local Council Development Areas, Area Councils and Administrative Offices are in office, they must see governance as their responsibility, cater for the needs of their people and most importantly, have listening ears to the yearnings of their people.

They should see this as a call to serve just as three years is by the corner!

BACK PAGE: A New Dawn In Democratic Representation

 

By Rauf Aregbesola

This is the remarks made by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor of Osun, at the swearing-in ceremony of 389 councillors that will form the parliaments of the local governments in the state on Tuesday February 6, 2018.

We are gathered here to inaugurate 389 councillors representing the same number of wards in the state. This will be followed by the inauguration of the parliaments from whence will emerge the governments in the Local Government Councils, Local Council Development Areas, Area Councils and Administrative Offices in the state.

The councillors emerged after a keenly contested election on January 27, 2018, following many years of delayed tactics employed by those who are afraid of their inevitable defeat and rejection at the polls in the grassroots.

It is most pleasing to see democratic government return to the local governments after many tryst with caretaker committees and executive secretaryship.

The process culminating in today’s ceremony is in fulfilment of Section 7 (1) of the Nigerian constitution that requires that ‘The system of local government by democratically elected local government councils is under this Constitution guaranteed; and accordingly, the Government of every State shall, subject to section 8 of this Constitution, ensure their existence under a Law which provides for the establishment, structure, composition, finance and functions of such councils.

There have been genuine concern as well as malicious opposition to the adoption of parliamentary system of government at the local government, when in contrast, we have the executive system at the national and state levels. Such fears and worries are unfounded.

First, our decision is not against the constitution, as quoted earlier. Nowhere did it mention executive or parliamentary – only that it must be democratic – and parliamentary system is as democratic as you can ever get.

You will recall that in 2012, the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria asked for memoranda on the review of the 1999 Constitution.  A 15-man committee was set up in Osun under the chairmanship of Barrister Gbadegesin Adedeji to aggregate the opinion and views from the state. The committee held public sittings for three weeks during which members of the public, institutions, non-governmental organisations and others made their various submissions.

In the end, it was the overwhelming wish of the people, as stated in the committee’s report, that parliamentary system of government be adopted at all levels of government. What we have done therefore is to defer to the wish of the people in their clamour for parliamentary system of government.

Secondly, parliamentary system is more democratic, compared to the executive, in that the executive system tends towards dictatorship, arbitrariness and absolutism, since power is concentrated in one man’s hand, with little or no check. Whereas, in a parliamentary system, the executive emerges from and is formed in the parliament, making the members of parliament to be members of the executive as well and the leadership of the executive to be first among equals, primus inter pares.

In a parliamentary system, decisions are taken collectively and must be agreed upon by the majority in the house while members of the executive who are also parliamentarians can and are daily called to answer questions on any executive action taken.

Thirdly, because the executive members are appointed from parliament, a lot of cost is saved, compared to when fresh persons have to be appointed as ministers, commissioners, chairmen of councils etc. This system also saves campaign cost and reduces the impetus for corruption considering that a candidate only need to campaign in his or her constituency, unlike in the executive system where a presidential candidate must tour the whole country and a governorship candidate must tour the whole state while a chairmanship candidate must tour the entire local council.

The final reason parliamentary system is preferred is that it affirmed the supremacy of the political party. The party is an institution that is greater than an individual.  It is a body that personifies the views, ideologies, beliefs and tendency of a political association. When a citizen joins a party, it is because he or she agrees for what it stands for. Indeed, parties campaign for elections on the strength of their tendency and field candidates that embody and will represent the party in every way. This brings stability, reliability, predictability and order to the political system. This is why studies have consistently shown that parliamentary systems are more stable and less prone to corruption, compared to the executive system.

Those who are familiar with the British Parliament and our experience in the First Republic will attest to the fact that parliamentary system deepens democracy and offers far greater political representation and effective governance than any other system.

This is the system the councillors being inaugurated today are getting into. You must therefore listen to your people and give them access. Your status has placed you in a position of leadership, but not in a position of supremacy and tyranny over the people.

You must also see yourselves as change agents that will transform governance at your local communities and deepen democratic practice with quality representation of your people.

Your first task therefore is to maintain sanitation of the environment. You must bring an end to the filth that tends to overrun our communities if care is not taken. You must take ownership of waste management by working with the relevant government agencies and private operators to make our state to be spic and span, neat and beautiful to behold.

Secondly, you must also take charge of the various markets in your communities. You will organise the people and get them to buy and sell only in the markets and eliminate any form of street trading. Street trading is primitive, dangerous, contributes to garbage accumulation and impedes road traffic. There must be no room for it again.

Thirdly, but not less important, is revenue generation. You will galvanise all resources at your disposal to generate revenue for the government. We all take the government for granted in the past, but as we all see now, without revenue there can be no government. You must therefore generate revenue from all taxable adults and businesses within your various constituencies.

Lastly, you must take your election seriously as an opportunity to serve the people and not for frivolous engagement and primitive accumulation. You must not be self-serving, but be constantly public-spirited.

Do not see your position as an instrument for perpetrating musical chairs in which leaderships of your councils are removed and installed at will, through conspiracy and subterfuge. The party remains supreme and must guide all actions, policies and positions, in the true spirit of parliamentarism. The falcon, to paraphrase WB Yeats, must hear the falconer, in order that things might stay together (and not fall apart) so that anarchy is not loosed upon the world.

I must thank all those who worked to make this project a reality. Immense thanks go to the participating political parties and the political class in the state for agreeing to the rules of the game and for making the election a huge success. In particular, I must commend our political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) for representing the people very well and for presiding over a progressive government which has brought an unprecedented development to our state. I must also thank the State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC) for its impartiality, fairness, diligence and for being truly independent.

Lastly but more importantly, I commend and salute the good people of Osun who have wholeheartedly and unwaveringly given us the opportunity to serve. We will continue to serve and will not disappoint you.

Once again, I congratulate all our councillors and the chairpersons that will emerge later.

Infograph: Osun Local Government Parliamentary System – The Facts

 

Misunderstood in different forms, the Osun Local Government Parliamentary System is not in contrast with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The system which provides for only parliamentarians at the local government setting operates with Councillors; a new method of governance away from the customary presidential system where the Chairman exercises full Executive Powers as practiced over the years.

In the new arrangement, there will still be the acclaimed “Local Government Chairman” but not elected. The chairman is a product of the Councillors who are lawmakers at the council level. He/She is elected by his/her colleagues who have been duly elected by citizens of respective wards across the state.

The arrangement is not in any way an aberration of the 1999 constitution as it fully defines the relevance of Section 7(1) of Nigeria’s Constitution and Section 22 of the LG (Administration) Law of Osun State 2002 as amended.

The elected Chairman among other councillors will exercise full executive powers over the local government just as the Prime Minister does in other parliamentary democracies.

The new system reduces cost of governing at the third-tier of government, eliminates local government wide campaigns by prospective LG Chairmen and their deputies as well as curbing wastage in providing for too many offices since the Chairman and Vice Chairman are councillors and maintain their status as Councillors.

A good attribute of this is that the chairmen and vice-chairmen can be removed and replaced if they under-perform or lose the confidence reposed in them by their colleagues.