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 The Senate has called on Nigerians to vote for only candidates that have clear agenda to liberate the local government system in the 2023 general election Sen Olalekan Mustapha the Chairman Senate Committee on States and Local Government Administration said this at the second edition of the Local Government Economic Summit in Abuja on Monday Mustapha who said that the local government system in the country was in a mess and subservient situation called on the electorate to vote for only candidates that would ensure local government autonomy As the general election draws closer Nigerians should vote only politicians that have a clear agenda to liberate our local government system by granting them the full political and financial autonomy What we are seeing today in the various states is no political and financial autonomy It is so ironic for a local government not to have authority to fund development in their various localities without the approval of their supervising ministry he said He said that if all the state governments pass the Bill on Financial Autonomy as approved by the National Assembly rural areas would develop and insecurity tackled This year s summit witnessed the inauguration of Rural Credit Guarantee Scheme working group for local governments We are therefore poised to take practical steps on the scheme this time around to ensure that the dream of the proposed Rural Credit Guarantee Scheme comes to reality he said In his goodwill message Vice Presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People s Party NNPP Bishop Isaac Idahosa described local governments as managers of community governance structure Although the 1999 Constitution as amended is explicitly clear on its mandates mischief makers and merchants of under development continue to negatively mismanage the resources meant for the people he said Idahosa said that the constitutional powers of local governments as federating units to implement laws and contribute meaningfully to development at the grassroots have been eroded in Nigeria He however said that the implementation of the mandates of the third tier of government would definitely bring forth genuine economic development in the system On NNPP s economic development action Idahosa said that the party plans to ensure fiscal autonomy for local governments in Nigeria We will also encourage timely transparent free and fair elections as required by the Constitution of Nigeria he said Speaking Director General Local Government Summit Group Muhammed Tijjani said that the local government was the closest and most accessible government to most of the citizens However the demands on the local government in Nigeria are however enormous and does not have the capacity to process and absorb those demands he said He said that there was the need for the local government to be considered in whatever economic scheme by both the state and the federal governments The summit was organised by the Senate Committee on States and Local Government Administration in collaboration with Civi Pact Nigeria and Local Government Summit Group with the theme Investing in Rural Poor for shared prosperity through the Local Government System NewsSourceCredit NAN
Senate urges Nigerians to vote for candidates with priority on LG autonomy

The Senate, has called on Nigerians to vote for only candidates that have clear agenda to liberate the local government system in the 2023 general election.

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Olalekan Mustapha

Sen. Olalekan Mustapha, the Chairman, Senate Committee on States and Local Government Administration, said this at the second edition of the Local Government Economic Summit in Abuja on Monday.

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Mustapha, who said that the local government system in the country was in a mess and subservient situation, called on the electorate to vote for only candidates that would ensure local government autonomy.

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“As the general election draws closer, Nigerians should vote only politicians that have a clear agenda to liberate our local government system by granting them the full political and financial autonomy.

“What we are seeing today in the various states is no political and financial autonomy.

“It is so ironic for a local government not to have authority to fund development in their various localities without the approval of their supervising ministry,” he said.

Financial Autonomy

He said that if all the state governments pass the Bill on Financial Autonomy as approved by the National Assembly, rural areas would develop and insecurity tackled.

Rural Credit Guarantee Scheme

” This year’s summit witnessed the inauguration of Rural Credit Guarantee Scheme working group for local governments.

Rural Credit Guarantee Scheme

“We are therefore poised to take practical steps on the scheme this time around to ensure that the dream of the proposed Rural Credit Guarantee Scheme comes to reality,” he said.

New Nigeria People

In his goodwill message, Vice-Presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Bishop Isaac Idahosa, described local governments as managers of community governance structure.

“Although, the 1999 Constitution (as amended) is explicitly clear on its mandates, mischief makers and merchants of under development continue to negatively mismanage the resources meant for the people,” he said.

Idahosa said that the constitutional powers of local governments as federating units to implement laws and contribute meaningfully to development at the grassroots have been eroded in Nigeria.

He, however, said that the implementation of the mandates of the third tier of government would definitely bring forth genuine economic development in the system.

On NNPP’s economic development action, Idahosa said that the party plans to ensure fiscal autonomy for local governments in Nigeria.

Constitution of Nigeria

“We will also encourage timely, transparent, free and fair elections as required by the Constitution of Nigeria,” he said.

Local Government Summit Group

Speaking, Director-General, Local Government Summit Group, Muhammed Tijjani , said that the local government was the closest and most accessible government to most of the citizens.

“However, the demands on the local government in Nigeria are however enormous and does not have the capacity to process and absorb those demands,” he said.

He said that there was the need for the local government to be considered in whatever economic scheme by both the state and the federal governments

Senate Committee

The summit was organised by the Senate Committee on States and Local Government Administration in collaboration with Civi-Pact Nigeria and Local Government Summit Group with the theme “Investing in Rural Poor for shared prosperity through the Local Government System”.

NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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