Constitution review: LG cannot get autonomy – Aregbesola

Osun state Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola at the weekend cautioned those calling for autonym for local government administration in the ongoing constitution review in the country to desist.  

 Speaking at a conference organised by Urban Media Resource Limited to x-ray the gains of the South-West under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aregbesola insisted that local government remains an appendage of a state government.

The Governor maintained his position that autonomy should not be given to Local governments because they are absolutely under the control and ambience of the states, explaining that the only organ of the state empowered by the constitution to make laws for them is the state parliament.

He emphasised that the Presidential system the country is operating is too expensive for its economy to cope with, thereby advocating for a parliamentary system which is less expensive.

According to him, giving autonomy to local government simply amounts to disruption of the federal system of government. 

Aregbesola said that though the current system may have encouraged corruptions, but the solution to such anomaly is not total removal of  local government from its original body, which is the state.

The Governor described the belief gaining grounds that local governments in Nigeria should be independence of state governments as totally strange and anti-federalism.

According to him, “Nigeria is not just a Republic, but a Federal Republic, a federal state is where every distinction of nationality is recognised, respected and honoured. None of the units of the Federation is therefore superior to the other. Every of the units are empowered by law to administer themselves under the general guideline of the constitution.

“Another anomaly that people, because of their frustration to some aspect of administration, are equally making mistake on and need correction is that a federation has two tiers of government. There cannot be three tiers in a federation. The moment you have three tiers, you no longer have a federation”.

Aregbesola emphasised that the problem with the administration of Local Government in Nigeria can be corrected within the limits of the laws of the state in a federation.

He noted that it is not by assaulting the fundamental principle of federalism that the challenges and weakness being faced by the administration of local governments can be corrected.

The Project Consultant of the Urban Media outfit, Mr Olakunle Abimbola said the conference was organised to x-ray how the South-West had fared under Buhari’s regime and to deepen democracy in Nigeria, especially in the area of restructuring political parties along federal lines.


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