The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr Seyi Makinde has written to the Oyo State House of Assembly seeking approval for the extension of tenure for all Local Government and Local Council Development Areas (LG/LCDAs) by 3 months.
The house made this known on Monday 14th December, 2020 during its plenary sitting.
Recall that the Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) had earlier announced that it will release timetable and guidelines for local government election by January, 2021.
The Governor premised his decision to extend the tenure of the council chairmen on move to prevent vacuum in the local government administration between the time the timetable will be released and actual election.
Ọ̀YỌ́ M’ÈSÌ Ọ̀RỌ̀ gathered that the current tenure of caretaker chairmen in all 33 and 35 local governments and LCDAs officially terminates on 19th December, 2020.
The Speaker, Honourable Adebo Ogundoyin, in his brief remark said that the house will liaise with the house committee on local and chieftaincy matters before it will decide on considering approval of the governor’s request.
Ogundoyin, however, stressed that since a vacuum can not be allowed in local government administration, the house will consider the request for tenure extension on Friday 18th December, 2020.