Senate Asks Tinubu To Stop Fund Allocation To Caretaker C’ttee Led LGs


The Senate has urged President Bola Tinubu to bring back the autonomy of the local gov­ernment councils and to stop further allocation of funds to caretaker committee-led local government areas.

The Senate arrived at the res­olution after deliberating on a motion by Sen. Suleiman Kawu (NNPP, Kano).

The motion, which was moved at Wednesday plenary, and entitled, ‘Urgent call on the president to resuscitate local government system in Nige­ria,’ also urged the president to champion the cause of full au­tonomy for local governments in the nation.

“The challenges we face: persistent security threats, ru­ral-urban migration, decaying infrastructure and widespread unemployment demand bold action.

“And we believe that empow­ering local governments holds the key to unlocking a brighter future for all Nigerians”, he said.

The red chamber further called on the president to use his leadership and influence to per­suade the federating units and all critical stakeholders in the constitutional alteration pro­cesses to embrace the vision of full local government autonomy.

“Tinubu should also cham­pion changes to the constitution that enshrine and guarantee genuine independence for local governments, granting them control over their resources, decision-making authority, and the power to chart their develop­ment path.”

The motion sponsor ex­plained that the dream of achieving the objectives of the local government system en­countered harsh realities.

“Successive governments of­ten eroded local autonomy, lim­iting their financial resources and control over decision-mak­ing.

“Corruption scandals and mismanagement tarnished the image of some local gov­ernments, fueling public cyni­cism,” he explained.

This is as he expressed wor­ry that some governors played a crucial role in frustrating lo­cal government autonomy in Nigeria through constitutional alteration processes.

“With limited financial and operational autonomy, local governments might struggle to effectively address local security concerns like community polic­ing initiatives and intelligence gathering.”

Contributing, Sen. Ahmad Lawan (APC, Yobe) said that local governments must be ef­fective and must be guaranteed by the constitution.

“I urge that we find a way of improving the capacity of those who run the local government system. Because I believe this requires devolution of powers”, he noted.

Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu (APC, Abia) said that local govern­ment funds must be returned 100 percent to the local govern­ment councils and improve the capacity of the people running the councils.

In his remarks, Deputy Sen­ate President Jibrin Barau, who presided over plenary, said that the motion was apt and in tan­dem with “the zeal of all sena­tors to bring sanity to bear in the local government system.”

On his part, Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah (APC, Anambra) said that to promote good governance in the country, “we must amend, look at Section 7 of the 1999 con­stitution. We need to amend so that we can start having values for democracy in our states.

“A state like Anambra has not conducted local government election in the last 18 years”, he noted.