The Local Government Service Commission was graciously reconstituted by the Oyo State Government, under the able and purposeful leadership of His Excellency, Engr Seyi Makinde, the Executive Governor of Oyo State on 5th November, 2019, to perform certain statutory functions as entrenched in the enabling laws of Oyo State. The Commission had been without a Board since the tenure of the re-constituted board, under Sir Olu Akintola expired on 29th May, 2019.
The Local Government Service Commission came into being through the provisions of Section 94 of the Local Government Law of 1957. It was known as Local Government Service Board then. The Board was empowered to deal with the appointment, posting, transfer, promotion and discipline of persons holding declared posts enumerated in Western Region Law of Nigeria (WRLN) 315 of 1957 and contained in Gazette No. 51 of 24th October, 1957 and WRLN 229 of 1958.
The Local Government Service Commission, being a service agency of the State Government was encapsulated in Section 78, Cap 66 of the Local Government Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 1978. Since then its name was known as the Local Government Service Commission or the Commission. The 1979 constitution also gave recognition to its existence.
Sometimes during the regime of Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, all the Local Government Service Commissions throughout the Federation were abrogated. But due to hues and cries, the Federal Military Government resuscitated the Commissions through circular letter No. VP 923/Vol. II of 15th July, 1992. This was in view of the felt need to protect career Local Government officials from the buffeting of partisan politics, thus ensuring the maximum utilization of the scarce high caliber manpower resources through the maintenance of the Unified Local Government Service, while at the same time be at a position to attract and retain capable hands in the Local Government Service. The Commission is statutorily accorded recognition by the various editions of the Oyo State Laws of Nigeria.