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  • Updated: June 18, 2024

ALGON seeks unified 4-year tenure for LG officials

ALGON seeks unified 4-year tenure for LG officials

The Association of Local Government of Nigeria, ALGON, has called for the adoption of a unified four-year tenure for elected local government officials in Nigeria.

President of ALGON, Aminu Muazu-Maifata,made the call on Monday in Lafia.

Muazu-Maifata said the call for a four year term is to ensure good governance and quality representation at the grassroots levels.

He charged the National Assembly as a matter of urgency  to amend the nation’s constitution to unify the tenure of local government officials  across the country.

“The tenure of local government officials should be made four years to enable us deliver on our campaign promises to the electorate.

“It is unfortunate that the tenure of local government officials in some states is even one or two years.

“So, I wonder how these officials will deliver good governance within such a short period,” he lamented.

On the N62,000 minimum wage proposed by the Federal Government, the ALGON boss called on the federal government to increase the monthly allocations of the 774 local government areas in the country.

He maintained that the move would enable the councils to pay the new minimum wage when it finally becomes a law.

Muazu-Maifata, who is the Chairman of Lafia local government area of Nasarawa Sate, however, lauded Governor Abdullahi Sule for granting autonmy to all the councils in the state.

He called on other governors to emulate Sule toward the overall development of the country, particularly the grassroots.

On the security of Lafia, he explained that the partial curfew imposed in the locality as a measure to tackle the increasing rate of kidnaping and other crimes within the state capital.

“We restricted the movement of motorcycles between 6p.m. and 6:00 a.m. and tricycles between 8p.m. and 6a.m.

“This is because security reports has it that criminal gangs are using these two means of transportation to perpetrate crimes and operate between the restricted hours,” he explained.

Muazu-Maifata, however, said that the security situation in Lafia has improved, adding better strategies would be adopted toward the safety of lives and property. 

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