Ayodeji Abass-Aleshinloye, the Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter, has lauded the Federal Government for initiating financial autonomy for local governments areas.
Abass-Aleshinloye spoke in Ibadan after a joint meeting of local government chairmen in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abass-Aleshinloye was sworn-in as the new ALGON Chairman in the state by Bimbo Kolade, the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters.
Abass-Aleshinloye said his administration intended to build its template on the agitation for local government autonomy.
He said: “As the third tier of government, we are the closest to the grassroots.
“We live with the people and know where the shoe pinches them.
“I am sure we can achieve a lot as autonomous local governments.”
Abass-Aleshinloye said the election of his executives was based on trust and ability to lead them in the best direction, promising not to let them down.
He promised continuous development at the grassroots through unprecedented initiatives.
NAN reports that among the newly sworn-in executives of ALGON are Oluyinka Jesutoye, Bosun Ajuwon and iyi Adeagbo as Secretary, Financial Secretary and Public Relations Officer respectively.
Others are Alhaji Habib Ibrahim, Bisi Oladeji and Wasiu Owolabi as Welfare Officer, Ex-Officio I and Ex-Officio II respectively.
NAN also recalls that the election of the ALGON officers in the state was coming many years after the association had been under control of coordinators.