The Ogun State House of Assembly says amendment of the existing Local Government Law of Ogun State, 2006, will further reposition the Local Government administration for optimum performance, to give more recognition and boost morale of the workforce.
Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, said this during a stakeholders’ forum on the bill titled: “H.B. No 58/OG/2021- A Bill for a Law to Amend the Local Government Law of Ogun State, 2006”, at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Oluomo explained that the legislation sought new designation for the Heads of Local Government Administrations (HOLGA) to be on a consolidated salary similar to career General Managers of statutory corporations, as well as acting as the accounting officer to the Local Government.
“The essence was to further encourage the entire personnel at the Local Government level to be more committed, dedicated and proactive for effective and efficient service delivery to the people at the grassroots”, he said.
Recounting the unanimous support of the lawmakers in the 7th and 8th legislative sessions in the State to Local Government autonomy in the previous constitution amendments by the National Assembly, the Speaker expressed optimism for a more productive council system with a renewed assurance that the Ninth Assembly would be committed to its actualisation.
Oluomo tasked workers in the 20 Local Government Areas of the State to rededicate themselves to quality service delivery, through feasible ideas and revenue generating strategies, that would enable the councils deliver more democratic dividends to the people.
In her address, the Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Bolanle Ajayi said the public hearing was organised to avail concerned stakeholders the opportunity to express their opinion and ideas on the new bill, saying the Assembly would ensure a speedy passage of the bill.
Taking turn to lend their voices in support of the bill, the Transition Committee Chairman, Odeda Local Government and State Chairman, ALGON, Alhaji Bola Lawal, the HOLGA, Ewekoro Local Government, Mr. Olalekan Oderinde and the Director of Appointment, Training and Pension, Engr. Babatunde Odunlami, described it as a laudable initiative, that would add more value to Local Government administration, noting that such would bring about bottom-top approach to development.
In his remarks, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Afolabi Afuape, stated that it was imperative for the councils to improve on their revenue, as the State often augments the remuneration of their staff.