OGHA Charges LGs to Invest in Agriculture

Ogun State House of Assembly Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs has implored the leadership of Local Government Councils including Sagamu, Ikenne, Odogbolu and Ijebu East Local Government to invest in agriculture and other agro allied ventures to boost food production and ensure increased revenue to the councils.
The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Bolanle Ajayi, gave the charge while considering the July- September 2021 budget performance report of the councils as presented by the Chairmen  in continuation of the committee’s oversight visit to the Councils.
In continuation to the oversight function embarked upon by the house committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs Chaired by Hon Bolanle Ajayi, the committee has visited Ijebu East Local Government to check the budget performance of the council between July and September 2021.
Hon. Ajayi noted that the nation’s present situation required economic diversification and it had become imperative for the councils to complement the state government’s efforts towards improving production of consumables for both human and industrial purposes.
Earlier, the Chairman of Ijebu East Local Government, Wale Adedayo in his presentation stated that the Council which had huge economic potentials, including timber plantations and large quality of bitumen deposits awaiting exploration, recorded a revenue of N562.5m comprising of N8.6m independent revenue, N15m grant from State Government and N538.8m from statutory allocation from the Federation Account.
On the capital projects implemented in the period under review, Adedayo said the council constructed a block of two classrooms at Kajola as part of its resolve to provide conducive learning environment for pupils to learn.
He added that the council was exploring contacts to establish partnership with national and international agencies including the British High Commission, State Ministry of Agriculture, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro to improve tourism and encourage outstanding and indigent students from the local government to further their studies, while ensuring improved agricultural practice.
The committee had earlier visited Odogbolu, Sagamu and Ikenne Local Council Areas during the exercise with admonition to them to continue to promote cordial relationship between different levels of administration in their respective local governments and strive towards turning around the fortunes of the councils for better.