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OGSIEC Budgets N927m For Council Elections

Towards free and fair elections into 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) on October 8th, the Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission has earmarked the sum of N927m for the conduct of the election.

The Chairman of the Commission, Alhaja Risikat Ogunfemi disclosed this while playing host to members of the Ogun State House of Assembly Committee on Special Duties, led by Hon. Viwanu Ojo, during an oversight visit of the committee to the Commission’s office in Abeokuta.

Alhaja Ogunfemi said in preparation for the election, a stakeholders’ forum had been held in the three senatorial districts of the state in July, 2016, to sensitize the electorate on the upcoming local government polls and partnering with relevant stakeholders, including the security agencies to ensure the success of the exercise.

The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Viwanu Ojo commended the commission for the efforts and urged it to partner with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that all eligible voters that were yet to collect permanent voters cards, accessed them.

Meanwhile, the House Committee on Community development and Cooperatives has stressed the need for a synergy between the ministry and lawmakers to promote effective service delivery.

The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Olujimi Otukoya said this while appraising the 2016 budget performance of the Ministry of Community Development and Cooperatives in Abeokuta, noting that there was a need to rally round relevant stakeholders in community development with a view to putting in place effective templates for Community development, across the state.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Community Development and Cooperatives, Dr. Oludaisi Odeniyi in his presentation said the ministry had raked in the sum of N4m as revenue between January and July this year.

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