From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
President of Association of Local Government Officers of Nigeria (ALGON), Hon Akuso Yusuf Danjuma has called on delegates of the on-going National Conference to propose amendment of the 1999 constitution to ensure local government autonomy.
This was even as he said that, giving traditional rulers constitutional roles was highly imperative to combating security challenges at the grass root level.
The ALGON President who doubles at the Chairman of Kagarko Local Government Area of Kaduna State made the call while speaking with newsmen in Kaduna at the weekend.
“We are calling for the amendment of the clause in the constitution. We urge the national conference to give serious consideration to local government autonomy and propose the amendment of the clause impeding the desired autonomy.
Talking about Kaduna State, the ALGON President said, though the state government
has been releasing local government allocation to the councils, but their challenge was not non-remittance of the local government fund, but that the allocations themselves were meager.
He therefore urged the Federal Government to fight oil theft, arguing that, if that is done, it will improve revenue generation and in turn improve allocations to both state and local governments.
Danjuma however urged his colleagues all over the country to embark on people oriented projects and try as much as possible to be closer to the people.
On the roles of traditional rulers, he called on the national conference delegates to propose roles for the traditional rulers in the constitution, saying that, the government was already spending much on the traditional institutions, therefore giving them responsibilities in the constitution was only necessary as it would assist in addressing security challenges at grass root level.