The Oyo State Government on Friday inaugurated the state chapter of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON).
The inauguration is coming eight years after the association was disbanded and just five days to the end of the second term of the outgoing Governor of the state, Mr. Abiola Ajimobi.
The association, which is the umbrella body of elected local government chairmen, was inaugurated in the office of the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Bimbo Kolade.
The newly inaugurated ALGON has Mr Ayodeji Abbas-Aleshinloye as Chairman, Pastor Jesutoye Oluyinka as Secretary, Mr Niyi Adeagbo as Publicity Secretary and Mr Bosun Ajuwon as Financial Secretary.
Others were Mr Ibrahim Habib (Welfare Officer), Bisi Oladeji (Ex-Officio1) and Wasiu Owolabi – (Ex-Officio 2).
Kolade, while inaugurating the executive, said the ALGON would have been inaugurated far before now but for series of campaigns and elections which started early last year. The new chairmen were elected May last year.
He charged the new officers to work hard to justify the confidence reposed in them by their colleagues.
Abass-Aleshinloye, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said the chairmen did them a great honour by expressing huge confidence in their ability to represent them well. He said the election was smooth and free of rancour, adding that four of the seven zonal leaders are among the newly elected.
With the revival of ALGON, Abass-Aleshinloye said a lot of issues about local governance would be better tackled.
REPUBLICAN gathered that ALGON went into extinction in the state in 2011.
A new election could not be conducted until last year due to legal restrictions.
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