By; KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Chairman of Zango Kataf Local Government Area, Honourable Elias Manza said that LGA autonomy will bring lots of development to the LGAs.
He expressed this while speaking at the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn
(PERL) Engaged Citizens One Day Town Hall Meeting on Local Government Autonomy in Kaduna State, held on August 30, 2018.
He allayed fears expressed by some citizens from supporting autonomy over fears of misappropriation of resources, saying that rather, it would ensure greater responsibility to who is in charge of governance at the LGA.
He argued that the case of financial mismanagement being envisaged by some critics would not hold sway because with autonomy, only the best would stand a chance to be in charge.
“I understand that LGAs would not grow at the same pace, but they would develop at a much faster pace with autonomy,” he said.
He admitted that although there exists some sort of autonomy for LGAs in Kaduna State, greater autonomy is needed.
” We do have some sort of autonomy in Kaduna State, but we don’t have a full blast yet, that would allow LGAs determine what they use their resources for.
“Some of the things that I have seen is that LGAs will have more resources, but it would go with a lot of sensitization, because citizens would depend more on LGAs because of the resources at their disposal.
“At the moment, the kind of thing you find, out of 10 people that come to see the KGA chairman, six come for assistance. But autonomy will bring about capacity building.
“When autonomy comes up, where people sit and share resources, would no longer be. I am in support of LGA autonomy because it would bring a lot of development at the grassroots.
“Autonomy will allow some responsibility of LGAs to take care of their staff and I think this is also key,” he said.
Honourable Manza assured that being a member of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) he would woo his colleagues to support LGA autonomy.
“Whatever communiqué is raised here, will get to all ALGON members,” he assured.