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Park Management: Council Chairmen Retain Auxillary, Others To Manage Parks

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Oyo State Local Government Caretaker Chairmen on Monday unanimously reappointed Chairman, Oyo State motor parks Disciplinary Committee, Mukaila Lamidi Auxiliary and others to manage the parks across the state.

The development followed Governor Seyi Makinde’s direction while responding to questions on BCOS TV show last weekend for local government councils to take over the administration of motor parks in the state.

It should be recalled that Justice M. A. Adegbola pronounced a judgement last week that the management and control of motor parks was a local government function as provided for under Section 7 (5) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
Also contained in the judgment was a declaration of the appointment of park managers as unconstitutional, illegal, null and void as it contravenes the provisions of Section 7 (5), paragraph 1 (e) of the 4th Schedule to the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

In response to the High court judgment, the Oyo State Government, on Monday, handed over the running of parks to local governments in the state.

In a brief event held at the office of State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr. Bayo Lawal, saw local government Chairmen distributing appointment letters to the new employers.

Chairman, Oyo State motor parks Disciplinary Committee, Mukaila Lamidi Auxiliary, led the new employers to receive letters of appointment from their new employees.

While Speaking on behalf of Chairmen of Local Government Areas in the state, during Monday’s handover, Caretaker Chairman of Ibadan South West Local Government, Kehinde Akande said the LG Chairmen had formally engaged the park managers under their respective local governments.

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He said; “the local government had given the park managers the authorisation and appointment letters to back up their operations”.

Akande added that the park managers had remained peaceful in their engagement, urging them to be more peaceful in their activities.

Also Speaking, Chairman, Park Managers Disciplinary Committee, Mr. Mukaila Lamidi affirmed that the park managers had received letters as being appointed by local government areas.

He said letters of their being appointed by the state government had been withdrawn while they are now under the employ of the various local government administrations.

Lamidi knocked reports of park managers instigating violence around the motor parks stating that his members remained peaceful.

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