By Henry Odeh
Oyo state government has said that it will review the laws astablishing Community Development Council in the state in a bid to accelerate grassroots development and social inclusion as well as bring state government more closer to people at the grassroots.
Speaking on behalf of Oyo state government at Ibadan/Ibarapa community development council zonal meeting which held at Ido local government secretariat on Wednesday 20th January, 2021, the Special Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on Community Relations, Honourable Olufemi Josiah explained that the council is faced with some limitations emanating from laws establishing it leading to incapacitation to expand appropriately considering the rate of development in the state
He noted that the state government is set to look into the laws establishing CDC in Oyo state with the aim of empowering its capacity to function optimally.
Hon Josiah who was a former lawmaker of the state house of assembly maintained that so many community development council areas have emerged over time which the CDC has not been able to adequately absorbed stressing that the present government under the leadership of Governor Seyi Makinde places high premium on grassroots development as a strategic approach to achieving holistic development across the state.
He however, highlighted some of the capital projects under Oyo south senatorial districts which the governor listed among projects to be commissioned in the present year 2021 noting that despite the blow dealth the state by the novel covid-19 pandemic, Governor Makinde has continued to achieve more success in his administration by improving the quality of life and wellbeing of the people ahead of his contemporaries in office and counterparts in the entire south west region.
He urged the community leaders at the event to shun any form of acts capable of unsettling the state, adding that Governor Seyi Makinde has invested so much resources in the security of Oyo state than allowing any group or individual to place emotions above reason in the name of politics which according to him, may help enemies of the present government actualize their evil agenda.
Hon Josiah who warned that security issue is a collective challenge anywhere in the world requiring all hands to be on deck, advised oppositions of the present government sponsoring malicious publications in the media to discredit Makinde’s achievements in the name of politics to desist forthwith, warning that, politics will come and go but the state will always remain stressing that Governor Seyi Makinde has operated an open door government enough than for anyone or political party to think the governor is for PDP.
However, sunrisebulletin.com recalls that Governor Seyi Makinde, in a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, on Wednesday 20th January, 2021 had earlier warned against any individual or group inciting ethnic violence in the state to desist or face the full wrath of the law.
“The past few weeks’ events have made it imperative that I address issues that have to do with the internal security of our dear state. Barely a week ago, I had a cause to call out members of the press who were allowing themselves to be used to stoke ethnic tensions among the good people of Oyo state. There have been stories in he press targeted at exaggerating security situation the state.
“Let me state that we will shall not sit back and watch anyone make any law-abiding resident of Oyo state feel unsafe in their homes, farms, or business places. We are aware of some people circulating flyers and giving people ultimatums to leave their land. This is totally unacceptable and will not be condoned.” Makinde stated.
Speaking earlier in his keynote address, the Caretaker chairman, Ido local government, Honourable Saka Abiona Fashola, commended the important role played by the Community Development Council (CDC) and how its activities have helped government at both state and local government level achieved tremendous success through data collection, intelligent gathering, information sharing etc. with the state government.
Hon Fahola, charged local government workers in the council to renew their dedication and commitment to service adding that the success of any government is largely dependent on the effectiveness and efficiency at the grassroots as may be exhibited by workers engaged in administration of the local government.
The zonal chairman, Alhaji Abdul-Fatah Oloyede, earlier in his address, explained how CDC has been working closely with several government agencies at all levels towards achieving a better society especially in preventing child labour and trafficking.
Alhaji Oloyede said that CDC in collaboration with Oyo state government had undergone training workshops on war against sexual and gender based violence organized by the Nigerian Security And Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), (Anti human trafficking and child protection unit) in order to acquire more knowledge in providing community based security.
Hon Josiah however, assured that all submissions made by the CDC will be duly communicated to the Executive Governor and also noted that the executive may sooner than later need the legislative arm to see how to improve on existing laws that established and regulates activities of CDC in the state.