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The Deputy Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Akintunde Adegboye, has said the assembly would not delay the consideration of the bill on the creation of additional local government areas in the state.
He said the priority of the assembly now is the consideration of the 2014 budget, stressing that immediately after the budget, the local government creation bill would be considered.
Also, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Temitope Ilori, said the main focus of the budget on health in 2014 was to complete the ongoing renovations of health facilities and equip them to standard.
The duo spoke at the Aregbesola Campaign Office, Ibokun during the end of the year reception organise for members of All Progressive Congress (APC) in Obokun Local Government Area by the Assistant Director (Community Forum), Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye.
The speaker said when additional local government areas are eventually created, it would bring development closer to the people at the grassroots.
“The creation of additional local government areas all over the world is based on agitation and any government that is determined to bring government closer to the people meet these agitations. That is why we will not waste time on this bill. What is paramount to us now is the budget that we will work on between now and January and after that the consideration of the bill for the creation of new councils comes in.
“After the first reading of the bill, we will call for referendum where we will also have to address some agitations and from that we will know how soon it will take to approve the bill. At the end, we may have more than 27 local government areas being requested for and we may have less than that,” he said.
Addressing party members, Ilori said apart from focusing on the completion of the ongoing renovations of hospitals in the 2014 budget, the government would also invest in capacity building of health workers to maintain and improve their skills for them to imbibe the spirit of selfless service to humanity and change their attitude to work.
She added: “We are aware that there are some challenges in our healthcare services, but we are not folding our arm, we will not rest in our oars until we see that our people get the best.”
When conducted round the health facilities in Ibokun by Oyintiloye and leaders of the community, the commissioner commended the community for partnering with the government to erect a structure within the hospital premises.
Responding, Oyintiloye urged the people not to renege in their support for the state Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, who according to him, had been doing his best for the development of the state.
He called on those who have not registered to ensure that they register to vote when the electoral body begins the process, while those who need to re-validate their registration should do so at the appropriate time.