Former House of Representative member, Hon. Sam Onuigbo, has lent his voice on the importance of local government autonomy as the Nigeria constitution demands.
Hon. Sam Onuigbo, current board member, governing body of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC), gave the reminder during a television interview on Tuesday, he drew the attention of the executive governors of states and the president of Nigeria on the necessity.
Hon. Sam Onuigbo doubles as the Chairman of the Committee on Security, Climate Change, and Special Interventions on the NEDC Board.
Hon. Sam Onuigbo stressed the need for the third tier of government to be fully empowered is to allow functionality of the grassroot for impact, thereby driving down democracy dividends to the hinterlands as well as help tackle issues of insecurity and unemployment in Nigeria which is bedeviling the country.
However, during the interview, the former House of Reps Member for Ikwuano/Umuahia North and South Federal Constituency commended the 10th National Assembly for embarking on a fresh bid to revisit sections of the 1999 Constitution in order to make it more people oriented especially as it concerns allowing the local governments to function optimally and independently.
He also recalls that between 1999 to 2002 Local Government Chairmen embarked on far reaching projects to develop their areas of jurisdiction but with the current independence of the local government, the reverse is the case now as that tier of government is almost existing on paper.
Expressing confidence in the leadership of president Bola Tinubu, Hon. Sam Onuigbo expressed hope that the President would call the Governors to address the issue in order to take governance to the grassroots, for the overall good of the country.