Imo Gov Backs LG Autonomy
Imo State governor, Rochas Okorocha has given his backing to the call for an autonomous local government system, urging his governor colleagues to allow the local councils freedom for the development of the country.
The governor pledged 100 per cent commitment to the attainment of local government autonomy, noting that one of the panacea to end the nation’s underdevelopment is to grant full autonomy, politically and financially, to local councils in the country.
Speaking when the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) paid him a courtesy visit as part of its, Okorocha said there is need to support the constitution amendment process and grant autonomy to the local government areas.
He said he has been an advocate for an autonomous local government system, stressing the a well structured system will bring about development at the rural level.
He said governors would do well to allow for elections at the council level as such will reduce the burden from state governors and bring government closer to the people
In his response, NULGE President, Ibrahim Khaleel emphasised on the need to have a well structured and autonomous local government system.He said the visit was in continuation of the union’s strategic visitation to State Governors and State Assembly Speakers to seek for their support for LG autonomy.
While commending the National Assembly for voting in favour of autonomy for local government, Khaleel urged the governors of the 36 states to put aside political and personal interest and ensure that local government is well structured for effective governance at the grassroots.