LOCAL GOVERNMENT AUTONOMY
BY ELDER DENNY IYOBHEBHE
ANY GOVERNOR THAT DOES NOT WANT THE AUTONOMY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN NIGERIA SHOULD BE TOLD IN CLEAR TERMS THAT HE/SHE IS CORRUPT AND HAVE NO BUSINESS BEING A GOVERNOR. LOCAL COUNCILS ARE WHERE THE BULK OF OUR MONEY ARE STOLEN BECAUSE THE GOVERNORS HAVE POLITICAL GUNS POINTED AT THE CHAIRMEN OR CARETAKERS OF SUCH COUNCILS. IF THE GOVERNORS CANNOT STOMACH A SITUATION WHERE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT WILL OPERATE THE STATES WITH CARETAKER CHAIRMEN, THEY SHOULD LET OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE AUTONOMY. IF THEY CAN’T DO THIS, THEY ARE FREE TO RESIGN. WE ARE TIRED OF BEING SLAVES IN OUR OWN LAND. SAY NO TO THE GOVERNORS ON THIS….
In case we have forgotten, the main functions of a Local Government Council in an ideal society, are as follows:
(a) the consideration and the making of recommendations to a State commission on economic planning or any similar body on -
(i) the economic development of the State, particularly in so far as the areas of authority of the council and of the State are affected, and
(ii) proposals made by the said commission or body;
(b) collection of rates, radio and television licenses;
(c) establishment and maintenance of cemeteries, burial grounds and homes for the destitute or infirm;
(d) licensing of bicycles, trucks (other than mechanically propelled trucks), canoes, wheel barrows and carts;
(e) establishment, maintenance and regulation of slaughter houses, slaughter slabs, markets, motor parks and public conveniences;
(f) construction and maintenance of roads, streets, street lightings, drains and other public highways, parks, gardens, open spaces, or such public facilities as may be prescribed from time to time by the House of Assembly of a State;
(g) naming of roads and streets and numbering of houses;
(h) provision and maintenance of public conveniences, sewage and refuse disposal;
(i) registration of all births, deaths and marriages;
(j) assessment of privately owned houses or tenements for the purpose of levying such rates as may be prescribed by the House of Assembly of a State; and
(k) control and regulation of -
(i) out-door advertising and hoarding,
(ii) movement and keeping of pets of all description,
(iii) shops and kiosks,
(iv) restaurants, bakeries and other places for sale of food to the public,
(v) laundries, and
(vi) licensing, regulation and control of the sale of liquor.
The other functions of a local government council shall include participation of such council in the Government of a State as respects the following matters -
the provision and maintenance of primary, adult and vocational education;
(b) the development of agriculture and natural resources, other than the exploitation of materials
(c) the provision and maintenance of health services; and
(d) such other functions as may be conferred on a local government council by the House of Assembly of the State.
LGs are avenues for fraud in Nigeria because they are our Governors gateway to the stealing of our resources in the guise of joint States/LGs accounts as they are currently operated. Give them full autonomy and see if they won't be effective.