Nigerian governors accused of frustrating financial autonomy to local governments

Nigerian governors have again been accused of hindering development at the grassroots level following their continuous opposition in granting autonomy to local governments in the country.

A lecturer of Public Administration, Dr. Enobong Henshaw who spoke with Planet News described the actions of the state governors towards the realisation of full autonomy for local governments in Nigeria as a major impediment to the provision of basic infrastructure to rural dwellers and also paralyzed local governance.

According to him, if the local government system must be effective, the situation must be reverted in accordance with the constitution and as was the practice during the military regime where money meant for the local government was sent to them directly for grassroots development.

Other stakeholders who spoke with our Correspondent Bassey Ibiatisuho faulted the joint account system, saying it was inimical to the growth of the third tier of government and encourages sharp practices from the state government.

Recall that the National Union of Local Government Employees-NULGE renewed campaign for local government autonomy in line with United Nations’ stand on decentralisation of governance for effective development.

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