The Kwara State House of Assembly today prohibited the State Governor from tampering with the
structure of local government administration. A bill was passed into law
amending the Kwara State Local Government (Amendment) law no. 3 of 2006.
The new law initiated by member representing Oke-Ogun
Constituency, Barrister Kamal Fagbemi now makes it
unconstitutional for the State Governor to unilaterally dissolve democratically
elected Local Government Councils in the state.
Observers were unsure if the lawmakers are smarting from the
complete routing of the PDP by the APC and the anticipated dissolution of the
16 local councils by the incoming government or have taking a preemptive move
against sitting Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed.
after the passage of the amendment bill into law, the Deputy Speaker, Chief
Mathew Okedare, who presided over the Tuesday’s Sitting, directed the Clerk of
the House, Hajia Halimat Jummai 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.
Fagbemi said the
amendment became imperative because the
principal law was inconsistent with the provision of the 1999 constitution. He argued that
Section 7 of the 1999 constitution guarantees that Local Government shall be
governed democratically, and noted that provision of Section 18 of the State Local Government law No3 of
2006 was not in tandem with the provision of the nation’s constitution.
legislator equally disclosed that the Supreme Court judgement in respect of
dissolution of Local Government Councils by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti
State, was illegal and unconstitutional, pointing out that the decision of the
Supreme Court according to 1999 constitution, shall be enforced in any part of
the federation by all authorities, persons and by Court of subordinate
representing Essa/Shawo/Igboidun, Kaiama/Kemanji/Wajibe, Oloru Malete/Ipaiye,
Edu, Ekiti, Share/Oke-Ode, Irepodun and Patigi Constituencies, Hons Hassan
Oyeleke, Ahmed Ibn Mohammed, Adebayo Mohammed, Aliyu Ishiaku Adams,Felicia Ebun
Owolabi, Jimoh Akanni Abdul Rahman, Mathew Babaoye and Shuaib Abdul Kadir had
in their contributions,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, a third tier
of government to fast track grassroot development in the country.