A lecturer at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Dr Abubakar Lawal, has called for abolition of State Electoral Commissions to strengthen the autonomy of local government councils in Nigeria.
Lawal, who is of the Department of Public Administration of the university said this in an interview with newsmen, yesterday in Zaria.
He said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should be mandated to conduct election into local government councils in the country.
“The National Assembly should amend the existing laws on local governments to empower Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct election into local government councils in the country.
“The amendment should make provision for local government election to be conducted simultaneously with Presidential/National Assembly Election, Governorship/State House of Assembly Election,” Lawal said.
He said elected Local Government Chairmen and Councillors should also be allowed to enjoy four year tenure in office to strengthen democracy at the grassroots.
“As it is now, there is no consistency as to the tenure of local government chairmen and councilors in office,’’ he said.
Lawal said that local government councils deserved full autonomy because they were the system of government close to the grassroots.
“There are lots of expectations from the masses on this tier of government, hence the need to strengthen its administrative and financial autonomy,” he said.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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