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Group endorses local government autonomy

22 December 2014, 20:25

Abuja - Project Nigeria, a local non-governmental organisation, called on Nigerians to endorse the proposal by the National Assembly to grant autonomy to local government administration in the country.

Dauda Mohammed, Coordinator for Project Nigeria, said local government autonomy would bring about rapid transformation at the grassroots, unlike the present situation of stunted growth and inaction.

“Grassroots development will reduce tremendously rural urban drift and congestion in our city centres.

If the demand is granted, there will definitely be a reduction in rural urban drift will equally reduce organised crimes in the country and ensure the success of the youth in agriculture programme of the Federal Government. This will in turn bring about food security as well as generate more activities at the grassroots,” he said.

Also read: State legislators urged to support local government autonomy

He said they were aware some state assemblies had already voted in moves which opposed the National Assembly Constitutional amendment proposal.

“It is still our belief that such decisions are reversible when Nigerians in their various states rise to demand a concurrence of the National Assembly proposal by the State assemblies,” the official said.

He said it was worrisome that despite the fact that the constitution recognized three tiers of government, only two out of the three tiers of government enjoyed autonomy.

“The current imbalance situation that we have today has also given the State governments undue advantages of meddling into the administration of the local governments without any meaningful development in the rural areas. This has therefore incapacitated the local governments from performing its constitutional duties to the people. We, hereby, call on every meaningful Nigerians to step up advocacy on local government autonomy in the collective interest of our dear country,” said Mohammed.

- CAJ News

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