A Bill for a law to amend the Kwara State Local Government law of 2006, has been passed by the State House of Assembly.
In the amended law, initiated by a member representing Oke-Ogun Constituency, Barrister Kamal Fagbemi, it is now unconstitutional for the State Governor to unilaterally dissolve democratically elected Local Government Councils in the state.
Speaking after the passage of the amendment bill into law, the Deputy Speaker, Chief Mathew Okedare, who presided over the sitting, directed the Clerk of the House, Hajia Halimat Kperogi, to prepare a clean copy for the Governor’s assent, pointing out that the third tier of government was strategic to accelerated socio-economic transformation of the state.
Speaking during the consideration of the general principles of the amendment Bill, Barrister Fagbemi had while urging his colleagues to ensure the passage of the bill, said the amendment became imperative in view of the fact that the principal law was inconsistent with the provision of the 1999 constitution.
Other lawmakers who spoke during the debate said the current arrangement making Local Government Councils appendage of the state governments was against the wish of the founding fathers, aiming to make Local Government administration, the third tier of government to fast track grassroots development in the country.