Friday, March 13, 2009

LG association and rural development

LG association and rural development

SIR: It was recently in the news that the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), has partnered with some relevant international bodies to ensure that social infrastructures get to the grassroots.

According to Hon. Tajudeen Toyin-Oke Chairman ALGON steering committee, ALGON was standing in for local governments to get money from international bodies to enable them put infrastructures on ground to increase the living standard of the people at the grassroots. He further said that, this is one of the policy thrusts ALGON has put in place towards sustainable growth and development in the country.

We commend ALGON for this proactive measure because we are aware that the Federal Government has stopped the sharing of the excess crude fund which formed the bulk of their allocations. We also know that their monthly allocations from the Federation Account has been hijacked by the state governments.

Therefore, in order to keep the social contract with the people, ALGON should not only empower individual council areas, but they should also pull their resources together and invest in some profitable ventures such as refineries and manufacturing plants whose dividends will help sustain them as a joint property.

By and large, these Business options could lead to political fraternity, because local councils would now exist as a formidable bloc.

Jeff Nkwocha,

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