ABEOKUTA – Ogun State Government has called on Federal Government to take over the payment of salaries of primary school teachers on the payroll of the Local Government Councils, so as to relieve them of financial obligation that will enable the third tier of government meet the yearnings of the grassroots.
The State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko made the appeal while briefing members of the State House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, led by Hon. Tunde Sanusi on the 2018 budget performance of the Ministry at the Oba’s Complex, Oke-Mosan Abeokuta.
In a press release made available to NEWS FLAGSHIP by the Press Officer, Ogun State House of Assembly, Jamiu Lawal, Ojuko explained that the appeal became imperative because the fund accruable to Local Government Councils from the Federation’s Account was being augmented by the State Government as part of its financial support to ensure that the Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) deliver more democratic dividends to the people.
The Commissioner who threw his support for local government autonomy, also canvassed for improved funding to the Councils and States from the Federation Account, with a clarification that the present administration had been ensuring the sustenance of the Councils through financial ingenuity.
He added that the Ministry in the period under review, revamped the Vigilante Service of Ogun State (VSO) to complement security agencies in maintaining peace and order in the State.
Appreciating the State Assembly for the timely passage of the Social Community and Safety Corps Law (SO SAFE CORPS), Ojuko said the Ministry, in partnership with the Education Ministry, established an academy for VSO which now has Zonal Commands across the State.
He remarked that the security outfit had promoted effective community security network, aimed at reducing neighbourhood crime and improve general security of lives and property in the various communities in the State.
He added that the Ministry had captured a total of 2,706 in its data, as recognised Baales in the State, to check indiscriminate appointment of Baales.
In their responses, Honourables Sanusi, Rasaq Oduntan and Akinpelu Aina, lauded the State Commissioner for his administrative strides, which had brought more reforms to the traditional institutions in the State and result-oriented Local Government Councils, as well as LCDAs.
They enjoined the Ministry to evolve more plans and programmes for the actualization of more optimum performance and revenue generation by local government councils and LCDAs.