Seyi Makinde, the Oyo State Governor, has sacked the chairmen of local governments and local council development areas (LCDA) as well as boards of parastatals and corporations.
The decision was conveyed in a statement by the newly appointed Chief of Staff (CoS), Bisi Ilaka on Wednesday.
The statement read: “His Excellency, the Governor of Oyo State, Oluseyi Makinde, has directed as follows:
“That all local government authorities, local council development authorities be dissolved with immediate effect.
“That all local government chairmen are to hand over to their Heads of Local Government Administration (HLA) or the most Senior Directors in their local government areas and councils.
“That all boards of parastatals and corporations be dissolved.
“That embargo be placed on all local and state government accounts until further directives.”
But, Oyo State Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) yesterday rejected the dissolution of local governments, describing it as illegal and hasty. It vowed to use all legal means to reverse the directive.
A statement by its chairman, Prince Atodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, reads: “It has come to the notice of ALGON Oyo State branch that the new governor of Oyo State has purportedly dissolved all democratically elected local government in the state.
“This to say the least is unconstitutional, unwise, unexpected and too hasty for a new government that is yet to find its feet.”
Makinde, however, yesterday promised to donate his salaries as the governor to the Teachers’ Pension Fund in fulfilment of his campaign promise.
This came as he also proposed staggered salary increment instead of the outright payment of the N30,000 approved national minimum wage for workers.
Makinde stated these in his inaugural address at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan, venue of his swearing-in ceremony as the 28th governor of Oyo state.
The governor also abolished the N3,000 annual school fees being paid in state-owned secondary schools.