Prioritize Nigeria, Support Tinubu in Granting Full Autonomy to LGAs, Abbas Urges Governors

Prioritize Nigeria, Support Tinubu in Granting Full Autonomy to LGAs, Abbas Urges Governors

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, has urged the 36 State Governors to prioritise the development of Nigeria and support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in his quest to grant full autonomy to the local government areas across the country.

This is as his Deputy, Benjamin Okezie Kalu said there are wide gaps in service delivery and the people in the rural communities suffering due to the apparent failure of the local government system to meet up with their constitutional mandate.

Both leaders expressed their views at the National Discourse on Nigeria’s Security Challenges and Good Governance at the Local Government Level, organized by the Parliament in Abuja on Monday.

Speaker Abbas, represented by the Deputy Speaker at the event recalled that the federal government recently filed a legal action against the usurpation of local government functions by the sub-national governments.

He said the action showed Tinubu’s determination to correct the anomalies in the system to encourage speedy development at the local government level, stressing that the House has also made frantic efforts through various legislative interventions to arrest the situation.

The Speaker, who decried the challenges of the third tier of government, however, said the House is committed to making the local government administration function optimally according to their mandate.

He said: “The failure of local government is well known to us. Despite the extensive provisions of the 1999 Constitution regarding the existence and functions of local governments, that tier of government has failed to live up to its billing. Some of the most significant challenges impeding their ability to fulfil their constitutionally assigned roles include; the covert usurpation of local government functions by state governments, lack of financial autonomy due to the State Joint Local Government Account, political instability from tenure irregularities, and pervasive corruption.

“A critical component of the President’s Renewed Hope Agenda is the integration of local governments into the mainstream of governance in Nigeria. In a significant move, the Federal Government recently instituted legal action against the governors of the 36 states at the Supreme Court, addressing alleged misconduct in the administration of Local Government Areas (LGAs). This action underscores the President’s profound commitment to this issue, one he is intimately familiar with from his tenure as Governor of Lagos State.

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