Abuja - The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) has appealed to the Subsidy Re-Investment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) to ensure that it sent funds directly to the Local Council instead of the constitutional fund sharing process.
National President of ALGON, Ozo Nwabueze Okafor, made the call during a courtesy call on the Chairman of SURE-P, Martin Luther Agwai, to seek for collaboration and support to the community.
Okafor stated that SURE-P as an intervention fund should be deployed to the people who need such programmes and condemned the processes involved in fund sharing in Nigeria and demanded SURE-P to interface with the local governments directly.
He expressed concern for the situation of the project, indicating that people should be afforded the impact of the fuel subsidy by being better empowered.
He further noted that SURE-P needs to breach the gap which caused its creation as the rural communities are in dire need of interface and interaction between SURE-P and the Local Government Areas.
“We are ready to partner with SURE-P to ensure successes since you are interested in people and we are close to the people. We need collaboration to work better and people would be better served through some of your programs like Community Service and Primary Health Care,” the ALGON president noted.
Agwai said the meeting came at the appropriate time when the SURE-P was strategizing on working harmoniously with all the stakeholders in order to bring its benefits and dividends to those Nigerians who suffered from the partial withdrawal of fuel subsidy.
“Partnering with ALGON would be the greatest happening in Nigeria; promising to set up a working group to work out the modalities for moving forward. The need to partner with ALGON became necessary and timely, so that we can work together towards reaching the people at the grassroots.
To partner with them in the Social Safety Nets Maternal and Child Health (MCH); the Graduate Internship Scheme GIS; Community Services Scheme and the public works activity with FERMA which are all situated in the local government areas,” said Agwai.
– CAJ News
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