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Kwara Assembly passes law against dissolution of councils


Governor-elect mourns National Theatre GM, Stella Oyedepo
A bill for a law to amend the Kwara State Local Government (Amendment) Law No. 3 of 2006 has been passed by the House of Assembly.

In the amended law initiated by Kamal Fagbemi (Oke-Ogun), it is now unconstitutional for the governor to unilaterally dissolve democratically-elected councils in the state.

After the passage of the amendment bill into law, the deputy speaker, Chief Matthew Okedare, who presided over yesterday’s sitting, directed the clerk, Halimat Kperogi, to prepare a clean copy for the governor’s assent, pointing out that the third tier of government was strategic to accelerate socio-economic transformation of the state.

Speaking during the consideration of the general principles of the amendment bill, Fagbemi had said the amendment became imperative because the principal law was inconsistent with the provision of the 1999 constitution.

Meanwhile, the governor-elect, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, has described the death of the general manager of the National Theatre, Dr. Stella Oyedepo, as one loss too many to the state and Nigeria as a whole.

Dr. Oyedepo, a renowned playwright and an authority on Nigerian culture and tradition, died in an auto crash late Monday.

“We are devastated by the sudden death of this amazon who had not only served our state meritoriously as executive director of the Kwara State Council for Arts and Culture, but was on a national assignment to revive the iconic National Theatre in Iganmu,” stated AbdulRazaq’s media aide, Rafiu Ajakaye.

The governor-elect also condoled with the widower, a prominent leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kwara, Dr. Hezekiah Oyedepo, and his family.

“The development is sad and devastating, but I urge the family to take solace in the eventful life of the deceased who was known for her sterling record as an authority in her field.

“I pray the Almighty God to repose her soul and comfort the family. My special condolences go to the elder statesman, Dr. Hezekiah, the widower, who has been at the forefront of the clamour for good governance, as his membership of our transition committee shows. I also, especially, commiserate with the children and pray God to grant them the fortitude to bear this huge loss,” he added.

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