Former Lagos State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Rotimi Agunsoye, says the Federal Government is stifling the development of local government administration in the country.
Agunsoye said this during a workshop on ‘The Role of Local Government in Nation Building’ organised by Soft Touch Enterprises in Lagos on Wednesday. He said the current revenue formula gave much to the Federal Government to the detriment of the states and LGs. He said until the allocation coming to the LGs in the country improved, the councils would not perform optimally.
Agunsoye, who is also the Chairman, Soft Touch Enterprise, said, “The major constraint of the local government administration in Nigeria is under-funding.
“The country has to revisit the revenue sharing formula. I will suggest the FG gets 15 per cent while the states and LGs take 75 per cent to ensure adequate grass-roots development. The role of the FG should be complementary.”
He said the three-day workshop would start a renewed agitation to allow the LGs play their roles in nation building.
A Lecturer at Osun State University, Ikire, Dr. Bolu Folayan, urged the local governments in Nigeria to wake up to their constitutional responsibilities. “There is great hope regarding this as we have seen in Lagos State. But there is much room for improvement,” Folayan said.