President of the Senate, Senator Ahmed Lawan has expressed that the security challenges in the country can be attributed to the absence of a functional local government system.
He stated that while the nation’s leaders seek solutions to the security crisis confronting the nation, the Local Government system should not be neglected.
Senator Lawan disclosed this while addressing State House correspondents in an interview after the Eid-Mubarak prayers.
He explained that the lack of autonomy potentially inhibits solutions as well as efforts by the Federal and state governments towards addressing the nation’s security challenge.
“We are all leaders and we are in this together, the solutions must come from us regardless of what levels of leadership we are – whether at the Federal Level, State Level, or even at the Local Government level.
“I also want to take this opportunity to say that we have diminished the local government system. I think we can attribute the security issues to the absence of a Functional Local Government System.
“I think the time has come for us to take up the challenge and ensure that the Local Government system functions. This is as we look for ways to curb the security challenge.
“We must never neglect the local government system. We must go back to our local government system to ensure they are autonomous and functional,” Lawan said.