RADIO NIGERIA

Oyo state government has handed over the running of parks and its management to the administration of local government in the state following last week’s High court judgment declaring that the management of motor parks is local government function.

At the event held at the office of Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Bayo Lawal , local government caretaker Chairmen issued letters of appointment to park managers.

The Chairman, Parks Disciplinary Committee, Mukaila Lamidi, also called Auxiliary, led the park managers to receive letters of appointment from their new employees.

Mr Mukaila said letters of their appointment by the state government had been withdrawn noting that they were now under the employment of the various local government administration.

The immediate past chairman of parks manager in Oyo state denied reports of park managers instigating violence around the motor parks maintaining that his members remained law abiding.

Speaking on behalf of caretaker Chairmen of local government areas in the state, Ibadan South West local government boss,  Kehinde Akande said the councils had formally engaged the park managers under their respective local governments.

Mr Akande explained that the local government had given the park managers the authorisation and appointment letters to back up their operations.

It will be recalled that Justice M. A. Adegbola had in her ruling last week held 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 was 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).

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