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FG’s interest in LG autonomy, silence on resource control casts doubt on sincerity – Akeredolu

Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has stated that the interest of the Federal Government in local government autonomy as well as its silence on resource control for states calls for huge concern.

Akeredolu said, for equity and justice in the country, most of the items on the Exclusive Legislative List, as reinforced by Section 251 of the 1999 Constitution, must be amended and moved to the Residual and Concurrent List.

According to the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Richard Olatunde, Akeredolu stated this during the 45th convocation lecture of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he spoke on the theme ‘When Is A Nation? Exploring the Socio-Political Crisis In Post Independence Nigeria’ as a guest lecturer.

While making a case that the diverse ethnic nationalities in the nation should be allowed to thrive on their own, Akeredolu noted that items such as education, health care, judiciary, police, prison services and resource control should be on the Concurrent list.

The governor maintained that the Federal Government should divest itself off the too much burdens and allow the component units to flower, adding that states should control their resources and maintain their internal security while the Federal Government coordinate and not take over.

He lamented that the states are almost entirely dependent on hand-outs from the Federal Government, saying no state is empowered to take independent decisions for the benefit of its people.

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