2023: Candidates say how they will prevent issues between governors and FG/LGA

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Community participation seminars that certainly face uncertainty from the Presidency table and ensure transparency of local government funds.

This is how the candidates of the NNPP (Rabiu Kwankwaso), Labor Party (Peter Obi), and PDP (Atiku Abubakar), will deal with the issues between state governors and the FG on poverty and local government their finances.

The candidates exposed it was on the Arise TV Town Hall Series last Sunday night.

Kwankwaso noted that during his time as governor he worked on schemes for grassroots service delivery. He said,

  • “In our blueprint, we are doing community participation that works at different levels and enlightening the public about what we mean.
  • “We have all the communities in all the wards and the resources are channeled from the government to those at the grassroots level.

Peter Obi noted that looking at the issue today, you have to look at the issue of security, which is the federal government.

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  • “Most of the things that cause poverty are within the FG’s agenda and I will deal with it,” he said.

On local government resources, he said he was a governor and managed the balance well, stating,

  • “Come and see how we’re working with state and local governments to properly use resources in the areas of education and primary health care. That’s what we’re going to do.”

He noted that the main causes of insecurity are issues that the FG needs to address.

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  • “Effecting the appropriate measures that will attract investors rest in FG,” he noticed.

Atiku said when he assumed office in 1999 as vice president, what was handed to him was the administration of the local government.

He added that he gave instructions to the accountant general that all government allocations should go directly to them.

After implementing the policy for 9 months, the governors protested, saying it was unconstitutional, which was noted by the FG. There should be a unified account at the state level, where local government funds should be transferred.

He said that where we have problems, mentioning that some state governors have started taking from local governments; some said they would build a University; others say that local governments should contribute to some projects, “which are exhausted until the local governments have nothing left.

  • “Most importantly, we need to look at the laws, especially the constitution, and see how to make them more financially independent and protect their interests,” citing that there are major flaws in our laws regarding local government finances.

For the record: Recall Nairametrics reported last week that the federal government blamed state governors for the rise in poverty levels across the country.

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, shared the blame and also challenged state governors on the need to address the poverty of the rural dwellers to make life more meaningful for them.

The governors abandoned the villagers:While noting that 72% of the poorest people in Nigeria live in rural communities, Agba admitted that governors have abandoned critical demography, preferring to spend state resources in capital cities. He said,

  • “Governors operate in their state capitals. And the democracy we preach is to deliver the best welfare to the majority of the people. And our demography shows that the majority of our people live in rural areas , but the governors did not work in rural areas.

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