The former Chief Judge of Benue, Justice Terna Puusu, says that State Governors should be blamed for exacerbating the problems of local government administration in the country.
Terna made this known in Makurdi on Friday at the ongoing Tiv National Conference organised by the Tiv Elders and Stakeholders Forum.
Puusu said that the governors had hijacked the electoral process at the local council level by selecting candidates instead of allowing the electoral process to thrive.
He said most them considered the local government councils as appendages of the state and as additional sources of income.
He, therefore, called on state governors to allow the third tier of government in the country to grow and blossom.
Also speaking, another retired judge, Justice A.B Utsaha, called on state governors not to regard opposition elements in their states as enemies but as essential components in the development process.
He said some governors were `` intolerant to opposing views in their states’’, stressing that such attitude was a negation of democratic values.
While advising, Gov. Gabriel Suswam, to accept criticisms in good faith, Utsaha appealed to critics to be constructive in their evaluation of government policies and programmes.