Ekiti State House of Assembly on Wednesday approved the creation of 19 additional councils in the state.
This followed the adoption of the report of the ad hoc committee set up to work on the bill seeking the creation of the new councils.
The number increased by one from 18 based on the results of referendum submitted on Monday by the Ekiti State Independent Electoral Commission.
Presenting the report, a member of the committee, representing Irepodun/Ifelodun Constituency 11, Ayodeji Odu, justified the increase based on the consideration of a petition submitted by the people of Kajola/Oreniwa, in the Ikole Local Government Area.
He called on the Assembly to ensure that all necessary documents were forwarded to the National Assembly for the councils to be listed in the constitution.
The Majority Leader of the Assembly, Churchill Adedipe, who moved the motion for the approval of the report and the result of the referendum, said people’s participation in the referendum had shown they were in full support of the exercise.