Non-func­tional LGs cause of in­se­cu­rity –AL­GON pres­i­dent

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

Lack of func­tional lo­cal govern­ment coun­cils is re­spon­si­ble for the spate of the in­se­cu­rity in many parts of the coun­try, Pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ments of Nigeria (AL­GON) Nwan­bueze Okafor has said.

Speak­ing with jour­nal­ists in Abuja, Okafor said most of the states where in­se­cu­rity has be­come rife had suf­fered ne­glect and dys­func­tional lo­cal govern­ment sys­tem over the years.

“A lot of the chal­lenges we have in Nigeria are be­cause we don’t have func­tional lo­cal govern­ment sys­tem. If you watch, you can see that most of the states where the se­cu­rity prob­lems started, they don’t have func­tional lo­cal govern­ment sys­tem,” he said.

He said where the people at the grass­roots are de­nied the op­por­tu­nity of elect­ing their lead­ers who will serve them di­rectly, the people may feel ag­grieved, say­ing “I can tell you that some just started hav­ing lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions.”

“Some like Borno State have not had lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions since 1998. So, you need to have a func­tional lo­cal govern­ment, that is re­ally func­tional that the people can ac­cept and that can ad­dress the needs of the people.”

He said: “the gaps be­tween the people in the dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties and the states and federal govern­ment are so wide and dis­tant. They don’t have the ac­cess to reach the govern­ment, so, the gov­ern­ments they can reach are the lo­cal gov­ern­ments.”

The AL­GON pres­i­dent main­tained that it is when those wrongs are cor­rected that “we would be able to get right a lot of things that are go­ing wrong in Nigeria.”

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