BY JOSHUA DADA, Osogbo –
Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, yesterday, insisted that local governments in Nigeria under the 1999 constitution of the country are an appendage of the state governments.
The governor held that there cannot be autonomy for local governments because they are absolutely under the control and ambience of the states, pointing out that the only organ of the state empowered by the constitution to make laws for them is the state parliament.
Aregbesola stated this while delivering his lecture at a one day conference on the second Anniversary of South-West in National governance with the Theme “South-West to Abuja: A mid -term appraisal,” organised by Urban Media resources Limited in Osogbo.
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 opined 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 independent of state governments as totally strange and anti-federalism.
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