The governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has on Thursday inaugurated 67 Executive Secretaries to oversee the administration of local governments and local development areas in the state.
The governor, at the multi-purpose hall, Local Government Service Commission, State Secretariat, Osogbo, stated that his administration inherited 30 local governments and an area office.
Aregbesola noted that as it stood, the state had added 31 new Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), three area councils and two administrative offices to make 67 local governments and development areas.
He held that federalism is a constitutional arrangement in which power is shared between the units of government and the central government in which the sphere of authority of each is clearly delineated.
The governor also added that federating units therefore were the states of the federation and the federal government, making only states and central government the federating partners.
He emphasised that the federal government was not superior to the states and not a supervising authority to the states.
According to him, “Local governments on the other hand, are not federating partners and therefore do not have direct relationship with the federal government.
“It is a subversion of the federal principle for the federal government or any federal institution or agency to begin to undercut states and forge direct relationship with the local government. Understanding this point is important in defining the autonomy of the local government.
“The local government is an integral part of a state and its autonomy therefore is definable within the state. I agree and support therefore the notion of its autonomy in this light.
“The local government should not be shackled; it should be empowered to operate freely within its domain. It should have a wide latitude of responsibilities, control and operation within its jurisdiction.”