Oyetola cancels LG chairmen’s Dubai trip to study democracy

Oyetola cancels LG chairmen’s Dubai trip to study democracy

The Osun state governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has ordered the cancellation of a proposed trip of local council chairmen in the state to Dubai, United Arab

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The Osun state governor, Gboyega Oyetola, has ordered the cancellation of a proposed trip of local council chairmen in the state to Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Adeniyi Adesina, chief press secretary to the governor, said the foreign trip was cancelled owing to the financial situation of the state.

The 68-council chairman had proposed to embark on a 10-day trip, which was approved by the previous administration, for a capacity-building workshop in the middle-east country. The approval included the cost of visa, flight tickets, accommodation, feeding and local transportation.

The trip was proposed to afford the chairmen the opportunity to be “exposed and groomed on the international best practices in the area of Local Government Administration as it is being practiced in the Advanced Democracies Worldwide.”

Unfortunately, the UAE is not an electoral democracy. All decisions about political leadership rest with the dynastic rulers of the seven emirates, who form the Federal Supreme Council, the highest executive and legislative body in the country. But it is considered one of the least corrupt countries in the Middle East.

“Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has directed the cancellation of the proposed foreign trip by local government chairmen to attend a workshop. The governor said although it is desirable to continue to expose government officials to capacity building, the time is not auspicious for this trip, which was approved in September 2018,” Adesina said.

“The governor assures public officers in the state that they will continue to be given the benefit of training at the appropriate time as the financial situation of the state permits.”