Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has identified faulty composition of the 774 local government areas in the country as a factor militating against the full realization of autonomy for the councils in the country.
The governor who spoke at the stakeholders’ engagement on the 2024 budget organized by the state ministry of budget and planning, held at the University of Ibadan, said addressing this was the only condition for local government autonomy could get his backing. He added that council autonomy would only get his support if states were constitutionally allowed to determine their own numbers of council areas.
Makinde who described the current arrangement where 774 local government areas were stipulated in the constitution as fraudulent, said he was never at any time against council autonomy but that many things were wrong with the current arrangement.
He explained what he described as creative ways to manage the state’s funds with regards to how the funds that accrue to the local government areas were being managed.
Makinde said: “I have seen people ask where we get money in Oyo State. The local government chairmen are here. I did an analysis for them. During the debate held ahead of the last election, I was asked if I was supporting local government autonomy and I said no.