Autonomy Would End Absence Of Economic Activities In LGAs – Friends Of Democracy

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    Participants 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.
    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
    The absence of economic activities at local government areas in Nigeria is causing several societal problems.

    This was asserted while presenting a paper titled, ‘Overview/Update on Constitutional Amendment and Imperatives for LGA Autonomy, by Alhaji Suleiman Gora of Friends of Democracy 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 explained that as a result, for three reasons namely; economic, security and social imperatives, there is need for LGA autonomy to check the trend.

    “The absence of economic activities in LGAs is resulting to people migrating to urban centres. Even agriculture which was bedrock of the rural communities, is dying. Consequences are the security challenges we are faced with today,” he said.
    Alhaji Gora explained that LGA that are supposed to be the root of ensuring adequate security from the grassroots is neglected.
    “In those days, there was not insecurity like this. Then if there is any new person in the community, the Village Head or community head is aware, so criminal elements cannot hide there. Now we are getting it all wrong by placing our security architecture from the top to bottom, from the Federal to the LGA,” he lamented.
    He stressed that social challenges we are facing are resulting from migration and some of them include  drug addiction, crime, kidnapping etc.
    “When they see few that are doing well in the community,  they then think of ways of getting money to live like them and many end up in crime,” he emphasized.
    He lamented absence of local government administrators at the town hall meeting, while charging those present to sit down, rub their minds, share experiences and take the campaign for LGA autonomy further.

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