Grassroot Faced Critical Challenges During Gov.Makinde’s 365 Days in Office
The 33LGs and 35 LCDA’s in Oyo State have faced series of critical challenges during the 365 days of Gov Seyi Makinde.
Since the illegal pronouncement of the dissolution of the tenure of the elected chairmen and councillors on the May 29, 2019 by the chief of staff to Oyo State government, Chief Bisi Ilaka, it has been a critical set-back to the people at the grassroot, having been deprived of the dividends of democracy, whereby our people can longer make reasonable requests from their respective local council. No local government council across the state can boast of excellent performance or average output within the public sector,
if a larger percentage of the rural inhabitants are facing uncontrollable abject poverty, social needs, socio-economic dilemma and lack of basic amenities.
Unfortunately in Oyo State, it has been revealed that the components of the third tier of government are lacking performance in the area of service delivery, and over the year, it has caused the citizens of Oyo State to lose both faith and trust in local government adminstration, the closest tier of government to them.
The failure of local government administration as an institution in Oyo State to solve the ongoing problems of the people at the grassroot further indicates lack of trust in the governance and consequently retards the closeness of the people to the government.
At the Inaugural speech delivered by Engr Seyi Makinde during his swearing-in ceremony at Obafemi Awolowo Staduim, last year May 29, he promised to uphold the rule of law, but he afterwards neglected the subsisting judgement, that the democratically elected chairmen had. It is believed that that was the reason for the problems being faced by the government which claimed the intention of delivering good governance and accountability to the people of Oyo State, especially at the grassroot.
It should be remembered that the Supreme court had earlier given a judgement that no state governor or house of assembly has the power to sack the democratically elected local council boss.
People at the grassroot are clamouring for better life and Engineer Seyi should endeavour to settle with the ALGON amicably to allow the local government councils to provide the much needed services delivery to the people at the grassroot.
Hon. Chief Adeyemo Abass Adebass MCPA
Aare-ago of Ojoo