Councillors of Saki West Local Government area of Oyo state have commended the Oyo state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde and the state government for the 3-day Training for Councillors and Clerks of Local Government Legislative Councils saying that the training will make them deliver their legislative duties efficiently.
The councillors made this known in statement signed by the Leader of the House, Mr Fasasi Quadri Amao and made available to newsmen on Saturday in Saki.
While commending the Special Assistant on Legislative Matters to the Governor, Hon Ademola Adejumobi Samuel, the grassroot lawmakers said the training was first of its kind in the history of Oyo state adding that they look forward to more of it.
The statement reads in part: “Sincerely, the training was first of its kind in the history of Oyo State. We really thank our God Sent Man, Governor Seyi Makinde because most of the elements of good governance were learnt.
“This knowledge will make us delivered our Legislative work efficiently. We look forward to have more opportunity of such as we acknowledge this to be one of paramount strategy that is capable of promoting us economically that will indeed take positive effects on all other sectors ranging from security, education to health and so on.”
Earlier, Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, has charged the 351 Councillors and 33 Clerks of the Local Government Legislative Councils to take development to all the nooks and crannies of their localities, by putting in place by-laws and motions that will affect people at the grassroots positively.
The governor, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Legislative Matters, Hon. Ademola Adejumobi, explained that the training, which commenced on July 28 and ended on July 30, was centred on legislative roles and functions in the local government.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted him as admonishing the participants to truly represent the interests of their various communities and adhere to the policy thrust of inclusiveness being anchored by the state government.
He also charged them to apply everything they have learnt in the course of the training in their day-to-day legislative duties at the local government level.
The governor assured residents of the 33 local government areas that developmental projects of the state government would be replicated at their respective local government areas.
Adejumobi, who appreciated Governor Makinde for the opportunity to organise the training for councillors and clerks of the local government legislative arm, said: “In the history of Oyo State and the entire nation, it has never happened before and it is a legacy which will be a point of reference to everybody and which other states will like to emulate.
“The reason behind it is to sensitise the councilors on how to replicate what the governor is doing at the state level, bringing development, infrastructure, and allowing the legislative arm of government in the state to work freely.
“You can see the achievements we have made so far since we came into office. So, we want all of these achievements to be replicated at the local level. We need them to be moving motions that will affect the people at the grassroots positively and aid development.
“We want them to exercise their oversight functions freely. We want to change the idea of colonial mentality to a digitalised one.
“My advice to them is to go home and propagate the knowledge acquired within the period of this workshop at the local level.”