By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
The 774 local government councils in Nigeria have been admonished to entrench good governance as adopted by the Chairman of Lere Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Alhaji Abubakar Buba.
Former Director General, Media and Publicity to the Kaduna State Government, Alhaji Ahmed Maiyaki made the call on Friday June 28, 2019 while fielding questions from newsmen at the Lere Local Government Area One-day Quarterly Budget Performance Review Town-Hall Meeting With Stakeholders, held at the Saminaka Resorts.
According to him, it was not an easy feat for Alhaji Buba to have executed a record 108 projects just within one year in office.
He described the feat as a departure from the past, where local councils just pay salaries and settle political associates and cronies.
Speaking further, he described the adoption of the Open Governance Policy (OGO), adopted by Lere Council as major push towards providing what the electorate actually want, from just embarking on wild projects that would have little or no bearing on the communities where sited.
On what local councils should focus on mostly, he advised them to make healthcare a priority.
“Health is a very important sector that everyone benefits from. If the primary healthcare is given priority, it would greatly impact on the grassroots. Instead of sick people to be running helter skelter looking for means to get to a secondary or tertiary hospital, it would save them time and resources if such primary health cavities are accessed in their communities,” Maiyaki who served under ex Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero stressed.
He further said that provision of such health facilities would further benefit society as it would address the rural-urban migration which as it stands, threatens the collapse of facilities in the cities.