WITH the calls by Nigerians on the National Assembly to grant the 774 local government councils in the country autonomy in the constitutional amendment exercise being carried out by the federal lawmakers, Bauchi State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, has expressed his opposition to granting the councils autonomy.
There have been arguments for and against local government autonomy, with some Nigerians saying that it would enable the council have full control over their affairs and finances in order to provide democratic dividends for the people at the grass-root level, while some say it would not give room for accountability at that level.
The commissioner, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmed Faggo, told journalists at a recent programme at the Yankari Game and Resort at Yankari in Alkaleri Local Government Area of the state that he was against local government autonomy based on his experience as a past local government chairman and Speaker of the House of Assembly.
According to Faggo, the attitude of local government executive to financial prudence left much to be desired, declaring that from his experience, local governments were not ripe for autonomy.
“I keep repeating it and I will repeat it that, I, Abubakar Ahmed Faggo, by experience with local government, I don’t support local government to be given autonomy,” the commissioner declared.
Also speaking in the same vein, the caretaker committee chairman of Alkaleri Local Government Area, Mr Yohanna Yake, stated that granting local government autonomy might serve as a licence for some council executives to take advantage of it for personal gains.
Yake added that to the people from Northern part of the country, local government autonomy had a different meaning to what others took it to be, adding that the councils were better off now without autonomy.
“I still feel we, especially from the North, with the type of people at the helm of affairs, have a different view of what autonomy is,” he said.
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