ALGON Calls For LG Autonomy


Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, has called on the National Assembly to ensure that local councils in the country were granted autonomy in the on-going constitution amendment.

ALGON National President, Mr Nwabueze Okafor, made the call in a speech presented on his behalf by the chairman of the association in Kaduna State, Mr Akuso Danjuma.

Okafor specifically called on the Senate to follow the footsteps of the House of Representatives which had already thrown its weight behind the demand of the association for greater freedom.

In his remarks on the occasion, Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs Alhaji Tanimu Turaki, SAN, stated that the Department of States and Local Government Affairs which was previously under the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, had already been transferred to his Ministry for the purpose of providing interface among the three tiers and arms of government.

He stated further that the programme aimed to ensure that participatory development approaches were adopted at urban and rural local government areas for effective local development. [Vanguard]