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Senator Sumaila commends Tinubu's move on LG autonomy

Senator Sumaila commends Tinubu's move on LG autonomy

Senator Sulaiman Kawu Sumaila, representing Kano South Senatorial District, has praised President Ahmed Bola Tinubu for his recent initiative to compel the 36 states to grant autonomy to local governments.

​​​This was contained in a statement signed by the senator and distributed to newsmen.

Sumaila said the president's decision was timely, as according to him, the Nigerian masses are in dire need of policies that would alleviate their sufferings.

According to him, Tinubu deserved commendation as the decision he took to ensure local government autonomy was in line with the stand of the senators in their efforts to salvage the grassroots from the hardships they were facing.

"I am happy, Mr. President has begin to toe path to salvage our people by giving the local governments autonomy to operate as enshrined in the constitution.

"The decision to compel the 36 states of the federation to give autonomy to local governments is a step in the right direction.

"This will surely help in bringing developments to our people, particularly the grassroots in the rural areas.

"It will equally bost the nation's economy by increasing our Internally Generated Revenue through agricultural value chain and other commercial activities that will come up after the local governments get their autonomy, " he said.

He, however, appealed to President Tinubu to also look into the problem of local government election, as according to him, it is another problem affecting the progress of the grassroots under democratic governance.

"I would be glad if president Tinubu will also address challenges affecting the conduct of local government elections in the nation.The president should do something to stop politicians from messing up with processes of local governments elections for their personal interests.

"We are all aware how local government election is being conducted under the watch of states governors in this country.

"From the primary to the main election, the processes are always being manipulated by politicians for their personal interests as against the interests of the majority.

"That should not be so under democracy and I am appealing to Mr President to also do something urgently to address this problem. I am sure this will complement the autonomy of the local government, thereby paving the way for extending dividends of democracy to the grassroots," he said.

Sumaila concluded by noting that the legislative and executive branches have fulfilled their roles, and it is now up to the judiciary to exercise its constitutional rights in deciding the case of local government autonomy.

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