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Local Government Autonomy: Kano Senator applauds Tinubu

Senator Sulaiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, representing Kano South Senatorial District, has commended President Ahmed Bola Tinubu over his recent decision to sue the state governments for delaying the Local Governments Autonomy.

Senator Sumaila in a statement decision was timely, as according to him the Nigerian masses are in dear need of policies that will alleviate their sufferings.

Sumaila added that president Tinubu deserved commendation as the decision he took to ensure local government autonomy was in line with the stand of the senators in their efforts to salvage the grassroots from the hardships they were facing.

“I am happy, Mr. President has begun to toe on our path to salvage our people by giving the local governments autonomy to operate as enshrined in the constitution. The decision to compel the 36 states of the federation to give autonomy to local governments is a step to the right direction.

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“This will surely help in bringing developments to our people, particularly the grassroots in the rural areas. It will equally boost the nation’s economy by increasing our Internally Generated Revenue through agricultural value chain and other commercial activities that will come up after the local governments get their autonomy” said.

Senator Sumaila, however, appealed to President Tinubu to also look into the problem of local government election, as according to him is another problem affecting the progress of the grassroots under democratic governance.

“I would be glad if president Tinubu will also address challenges affecting the conduct of local government elections in the nation. The president should do something to stop politicians from messing up with the processes of local government elections for their personal interests.

“We are all aware how local government elections are conducted under the watch of state governors in this country. From the primary to the mainstream election, the processes are always being manipulated by politicians for their personal interest against the interests of the majority.

“That should not be so under democracy and I am appealing to Mr President to also do something urgently to address this problem. I am sure this will complement the autonomy of the local government, thereby paving ways for extending dividends of democracy to the grassroots,” he said.

Senator Sumaila affirmed that the Legislative and executive arms of government have done their own part, it is now over to the judiciary to appropriately exercise its constitutional rights in deciding in the case before it on the local government autonomy.

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“We, at the National Assembly have raised the matter, supported the autonomy for local government and the executive has also reasoned with us. It is now over to the judiciary to make its stand.

“I thanked the Senate  President, Mr. Godswill Alpabio and Deputy Senate President, Barau I. Jibrin for giving me the opportunity to table the matter before the Senate and my colleagues for supporting me on this issue,” the statement concluded.

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