Osun State Government has introduced parliamentary system of government across the local government councils in the state.The
Commissioner for Information, Mr. Sunday Akere, who said this in an interview with our correspondent on Tuesday, explained that local government chairmen would now be elected from among councillors elected at council poll.
He spoke with our correspondent on the sideline of a book launch by a veteran journalist, Mr. Olalere Fagbola, to commemorate his 60th birthday.Fagbola, who worked with Punch Nigeria Limited until he retired in 2000, wrote a book entitled, ‘Journalist And The Hand of God’ to mark the occasion.
The commissioner, while explaining reason for seeking to create additional 27 new council areas, stated that this would bring development closer to the people. He said,
“The governor presented the bill for the creation of new 27 local government council areas in order to ensure that development gets to the nooks and crannies of the state.
“The new councils would operate a parliamentary system of government in order to avoid financial constraints. This means that nobody would contest to be elected as chairman. You will first contest as a councillor, after that the councillors would elect the chairmen and vice chairmen among themselves.”
He said this would save cost and put the chairmen on their toes to perform because they would not see themselves to be more important than councillors.The commissioner said the parliamentary system of government would be used across the existing 30 LGA and the new councils to be created.
In his remarks, Fagbola urged journalists to put God first and strive to be agents of positive change.