The Ondo State Executive Council on Thursday approved the creation of 33 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.
The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mrs Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, disclosed this while briefing Government House reporters shortly after the State Executive Council meeting.
She added that the enabling law has been sent to the State House of Assembly for enactment.
Ademola-Olateju was joined in the briefing by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Sir Charles Titiloye and his Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs counterpart, Alhaji Amidu Takuro.
She equally revealed that the Council discussed government packages for the people of the state to cushion the effects of subsidy removal, and that an implementation committee has been set up in line with the recommendation of the Palliatives Committee earlier set up by the state government.
According to her, very soon, the palliatives will be rolled out to the citizens of the state.
On his part, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs counterpart, Alhaji Amidu Takuro, noted that the Council also approved the new Olora of Ora Ajowa Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of the state in person of Chief Bola Olusa.
Equally approved is Prince Temidayo Owoyele, as new Onikan of Etikan in Ilaje Local Government Area.
Takuro added that the Council approved two Warrant Chiefs for purpose of selection of new Takunbe Ipoke in Ese-Odo Local Government area, as well as eight Warrant Chiefs for purpose of selection of new Orungberuwa Chieftaincy Title in Ode Erinja in Okitipupa Local Government area.
Speaking more on the 33 LCDAs, Charles Titiloye, explained that the newly created LCDAs will have equal functions with their own headquarters and operate side-by-side with the existing 18 Local Government areas in the state.
He said the approval followed the recommendation of the Committee on LCDAs set up by the State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and headed by Prince Lanke Odogiyan.
With the new development, Ondo State will now have 51 Local Government Areas.
Titiloye added that immediately the State House of Assembly enacts the law, it will be assented to by the State Governor and full implementation of the LCDAs will commence.