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Lawan makes case for democracy at LG councils to checkmate insecurity

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Lawan makes case for democracy at LG councils to checkmate insecurity

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has indicated that, should all local Governments be led by democratically elected leaders, insecurity in the country would be relegated.
Speaking at his home town of Gashua, immediately after casting his vote at Katuzu ward during Saturday’s local government election in Yobe State he said the presence of elected local government administrations, would to a large extent, improve the security situation in the country. 
This was coming against the background that many State Governors have strangulated the third tier through imposition of sole administrators on the people.
This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja by his media office.
He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for throwing his weight behind autonomy for local governments, saying that the Ninth National Assembly would continue to do all within its powers to ensure that local governments receive the needed support to serve and motivation and incentive for elected representatives to perform optimally. 
 

“For us at the National Assembly, we have always believed that local governments should have autonomy and we stand on that,” he said. 
 
According to Lawan, the local government councils should be administered by elected representatives whose primary responsibilities are to advance the interest, and ensure the welfare of the people at the grassroots. 
 
The Senate President who bemoaned the absence of elected Local Government Councils in some states of the federation, commended the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, for complying with the provisions of the Constitution in recognizing the importance to have local government election in the state. 
 
His words: “This election is a very clear testimony that Yobe State Government is compliant with the provisions of the Constitution, that we should only have elected Council Chairmen and Councillors, who are the legislative arm of the Councils. 
 
“This is a clear demonstration of our belief in the sanctity of the local government administration in Yobe State, and I want to congratulate and commend the Governor, His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni and his team, for organizing the local government election which is being held today across the state.
 
“I also want to commend the people of Yobe State, particularly the APC members and our friends, for coming out en masse to vote for our candidates in their local government elections,” he said.
 
Underscoring the need for Local Government Administration, the Senate President pointed that the degeneration and absence of elected Local Government Councils in some parts of the country was partly responsible for the high level of insecurity ravaging the affected states. 
 
Lawan said: “I think I’ll take the opportunity here to make this call that all over the country, local government councils or governments should be administered by elected local govern councils – those who represent the people truly. 
 
“Over the years, the local governments have suffered; the administration in many places have crumbled, and I’ll take this opportunity to posit that part of the problems of insecurity in Nigeria could be attributed to the degeneration, or maybe even complete lack of local government administration across the country.”
 
According to Lawan, the plan to have in place elected local government councils in the various states of the federation took effect in 1976, and provided the platform for elected leaders at the council level to be of direct service to people at the grassroots. 
 
He added that the absence of same, to a very large extent, continues to interfere with, and hinder the complimentary roles of traditional rulers in their bid to ensure stability and security across the country.
 
“Remember, the local government administration that started in 1976 provided the platform of leaders for ordinary people – those that are in the grassroots – to contact their leaders immediately they have issues or their leaders are able to mobilize them for government initiated projects. 
 
“Similarly, our royal fathers or traditional rulers are based in the local governments. When the local government themselves are not functioning, you don’t expect our traditional fathers to give out the kind of support, the kind of role they are supposed to perform to ensure that we have stability and security in our local governments across the country. 
 “I want to make this call that in our efforts as a government – States and Local Governments –  we should ensure that local governments across the country are brought back fully, because you just have to get the puzzles properly put together, and you cannot get it right without the local government administration in place.”

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LG staff ordeal orchestrated by corrupt Local Council chairmen, Gov Sule alleges

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LG staff ordeal orchestrated by corrupt Local Council chairmen, Gov Sule alleges

Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Nasarawa state governor, Abdullahi Sule, has said that the persistence hardship being faced by local government workers is being orchestrated by the corrupt attitude of local government chairmen at the grass roots.

The governor’s allegation was coming at the swearing-in of the Chief Judge of Nasarawa State Justice, Aisha Bashir, and the inauguration of the chairman of the Local Government Service Commission at the Government House, Lafia on Tuesday.

Sule explained that the significant role the third tier of government plays in providing socio-economic opportunities to the people at the grassroots has been abused, adding that the chairmen of various councils in the state have bastardized the local government administration and made it an avenue for siphoning meager resources available with nothing to show in the development of the rural communities.

The governor said, “The Local Government administration in the State has been reduced to an avenue for siphoning the people’s resources.”

“It is no longer secret that our local government councils have become a ground the opulent in the Local Government administration uses to dump their cronies under the guise of   recruitments, with so many workers in the vouchers without justification for the job placement,” he added.

“Most of the Local Government staff have become like pensioners who relocated to the cities and wait for the month to end to receive alerts.

“The system has been basterdised such that due process in the promotion and placement of staff has been shortchanged. This narrative must stop forthwith.

“The consequences of the  ugly situations is the resultant accumulation of arrears of pension and gratuities, as well as other challenges associated with the delay and non-payment of Local Government staff salaries and allowances,” he stated.

The governor immediately constituted an investigative Committee to appraise the system and advise Government on how to arrest the apparent decay and gradual descent to oblivion of the Local Government system. 

He however, expressed the optimism that the outcome of thes investigation will guide Government towards repositioning the Local Government system in the State to enable it play its role of developing the grassroots.

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Stakeholders in Kogi Central commend Sen. Oseni for Quality Representation

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Stakeholders in Kogi Central commend Sen. Oseni for Quality Representation

By Janet Ovayoza Samuel

Some stakeholders and beneficiaries of Senator Oseni’s constituency projects in Kogi Central, have commended him, describing his contribution within the shortest period of representing them as second to none.

They said during his campaign to be elected as senator he had promised quality representation in at the upper legislative chamber adding that he has fulfilled his promises.
According to them, he delivered on his promises through provision of purposeful leadership, sponsorship of bills and motions that have directly impacted on the lives of his constituents

A stakeholder in Ogori-Magongo Local Government Area, Rukayat Ahmed said in the history of the Senatorial District, the Lawmaker has performed creditably well outperforming his predecessors, especially in the aspect of touching the lives of the people.

She listed some of the Senator’s projects to include empowerment of one thousand women of which she is beneficiary in the building of ICT hub in Comprehensive Secondary School, Ogori/Magongo.

Rukkayat described the senator as a man who is concerned about the welfare of his constituents, pointing out that he has provided quality representation at the national Assembly.

In Okehi Local Government Area, Alhaji Sanni Momojimoh-Babuwa maintained that the people of Eika have benefited from the Senator’s empowerment projects especially the skills acquisition center in the Area where people acquired skills for self sufficiency.

He commended the lawmaker for responding to the plight of the people as he urged him to establish a JAMB center in Ihima.

Yusuf Agali from Ajaokuta Local Government, commended the Senator fir the establishment of a health center, construction of blocks of classrooms in GSS Adogo, empowerment of women with cash gifts as start-up capital and the installation of motorized borehole in the Area.

He lauded the effort of the lawmaker in sponsoring a bill to establish Steel University in the Local Government which will translate to job opportunities for the youths, assuring that he will continue to enjoy the people’s support.

Alhaji Aminu Adawudi of Adavi Local Government who is also a beneficiary of the lawmaker’s initiatives noted that Senator Oseni was the first to establish constituency offices in all the Local Government Areas of the district.

He added that the Senator distributed over fifty laptops in the Area with e-learning centers in Community Secondary School Ogaminana, Adavi Eba and Kuroko as well as a skill acquisition center at the Local Government Secretariat.

Alhaji Abdullahi Abdulmalik of Okene Local Government said Senator Oseni has impacted positively on the lives of the people especially in the areas of education, human empowerment, economic development among others.

Alhaji Abdullahi also commended the Senator for initiating a scholarship scheme which many students have benefited from.

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Lawan doles out N8m to victims of market fire disaster

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Lawan doles out N8m to victims of market fire disaster
 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Friday brought succur to victims of the Yan harawa market fire disaste with a donation of N8m
 
Lawan made the donation when he paid a visit to the market in Gashua, Bade Local Government Area of Yobe State. 
 
During the visit, he appealed to the leaders of the Yan Harawa market association to ensure that all victims of the fire incident benefited equally from monetary donations irrespective of party affiliation.
 
He also assured that the Federal Government through the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) would support victims of the fire incident. 
 
“I hereby donate the sum of N8 million naira. Please, it should be shared equally to all victims affected by the market fire disaster. 
 
“Whatever donations you receive, make sure it is shared to all those who are affected irrespective of whatever political party they belong to.
 
“I pray that we continue to experience peace in this zone, and also in Yobe State and Nigeria”, the Senate President said.

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