By Christiana Ekpa
The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase has disclosed that, all security and infrastructure challenges, confronting the country can only be resolved when there is functional and viral working local government system.
Wase said this while declaring open a leadership training programme for some elected local government Chairmen and Councillors from Delta state in Abuja on Thursday.
He assured that the 9th National Assembly would do its best to amend the Constitution to provide a workable local government system that will be truly third tier of government.
“Not the third tier that when you do Federation Account Allocation some few persons will go and sit somewhere in small rooms, do all the cuttings and send out the peanuts. Meanwhile, the bulk of the problems, being it infrastructure, insecurity is there at the grassroots.
“I come from one of the remotest part of this country. I know how local government administration was then in the past, not the one we are having today and I believe collectively all of us we can make it work again. We can change the narration, we can make it better”, Wase stated.
The Deputy Speaker, commended the sponsor of the Programme, who is the Minority Leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu for organising the capacity building for local government leaders in his Constituency and urged the participants to use the knowledge for the efficient service delivery to their people.
In his remarks, Elumelu said the training was his modest way to ensure capital capacity building that would empower the Chairmen and Councilors so that they can do better in their various grassroots where they represent.
“The people that voted us into office or voted them have done so by way of investment. The vote is their investment in them. The return on investment is the dividends of democracy that they will be providing to the people that voted for them. And that is their return and they cannot make that return possible if they are not well informed.
“My dream is to ensure that at the end of this exercise they’ll be well groomed, well informed and they will be empathic and also see themselves as people representatives that will go back and showcase all that they have learnt here and put them into good use. This is the reason why I focused on this capacity building”, Elumelu added.
Guest Speaker at the event, Epiphany Azeinge said at the third tier of government, the trainees were critical stakeholders in Nigeria’s federal system of government and they must show responsibility in ramifications of their duties and obligations.
“You do that by showing and demonstrating leadership to your staff and your people by being accountable in all you do, by being selfless and altruistic by observing due process and the rule of law by avoiding the culture of impunity.
“By identifying a priorities and pursuing them to logical conclusions. Learn to be frugal and prudent in management of public funds, always realize that public fund is a public Trust”, he stated.
In a goodwill message, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Woman Leader, Mariya Waziri commended the Minority Leader for making conscious and deliberate efforts to redeﬁne leadership from the current state of redundancy to an advanced global acceptable standard of efficiency and effectiveness in job execution.
“Today‘s event reafﬁrms the need to begin to do things things differently, one of which is the need to always include more involvement of women in party activities which will further endear our
party to the people and set us at a wining and advantageous position going into 2023 general elections”, she said.