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Nigeria @ 62: ALGON National President Hon. Alabi Kolade DavidCalls for Strengthening of Local Government Institutions ... Urges Nigerians To Elect Credible Local Government-friendly Candidates in 2023 elections l The National President of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Hon. Kolade David Alabi has sent in his goodwill message to Nigerians as the country marks its 62nd Independence Day celebration. Speaking to Newsmen at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on his way back to Lagos after official duties, Alabi noted that for Nigeria make optimal progress, it must divorce itself from the present style of service delivery that has no 'bottom-up approach'. He said that by taking a retrospective look at the sacrifices made by the founding fathers especially the framers and designers of the tiers of government where balance and horizontal development are guaranteed as a key component of growth, it has become imperative that the Local Governments and Councils are given their right relevance and privilege. He is also of the opinion that the responsibility to ensure that Nigeria move forward from its present state which will be hinged mainly on political will, leadership recruitment process guaranteed by free, fair, and credible election for good governance if it must take its fulcrum from the grassroots where Nigerians majorly reside for wider development spread. He further opined that there is the need for total commitment by every eligible voting Nigerian to use the opportunity provided by the coming 2023 general elections to fix the myriad of problems besetting the rural populace. Said "now that electioneering campaign has commenced, ALGON will continue to insist that only local government-friendly candidates from Presidential, National Assembly, Governors, Reps, State Assemblies, Chairmen and Counselors with issues of Councils as vital part of their manifestoes will be mobilized and supported by Nigerians at the grassroots who are always at the receiving end dysfunctional leadership. Reacting to questions by a select group of journalists, he said that ALGON made it a categorical resolution after several meetings and consultations. According to him, ALGON is interested in the devolution of power, transparent elections, creation of state police, fairness, and equity in fiscal responsibility. He noted that “there is an urgent need for value orientation as the country marks its 62nd independence anniversary today which will enable Nigeria to take advantage of the coming 2023 general elections to change the course of our history for the good of the communities. “ALGON is seen as the hope of the grassroots and as the only Government closer to them, and the noticeable hunger across the communities is an indictment of the communities with vast arable lands but lacks the resources, funding, and technology. “The organic rise in crimes, armed robbery, banditry, and kidnapping. “There is a need for conscientious political inclusion of the LGAs leveraging on the vast knowledge of the present crop of Council Chairmen who are getting more conversant with the pressing peculiar needs of these communities, and have both intellectual and legacy information on what can turn the communities around", Hon. Kolade David Alabi said.
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ALGON NEC Urges FG To Resolve ASUU Strike, Insists On Community Policing Strategy Against Insecurity

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The National Executive Council of the Association Of Local Governments Of Nigeria (ALGON) at the end of their 32nd NEC meeting has urged the Federal Government to immediately resolve and end the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities “with a view to achieving an all inclusive growth for national development.”

ALGON made its position known in a communique issued at the end of its 32nd National Executive Council (NEC) meeting concluded at the weekend in Lokoja, Kogi State, insisting that community policing strategy would best tackle insecurity in the country.

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At the opening of the NEC meeting, while addressing the NEC members, Board of Trustees (BOT) and Management of the Association, the ALGON National President, Hon. Kolade David Alabi had welcomed the attendees who are representing various states from across the country and expressed happiness over the huge turnout at the meeting.

However, at the end of their meeting the 32nd NEC of ALGON in the communique also appealled to other tiers of government “to recognize Local Governments and Area Councils as a major state actor in the true spirit of federalism as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution (as Amended).”

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The rest of the communique reads, “with respect to the 2023 forthcoming general election, the Association will unequivocally support and give its commitments to any presidential candidate that is committed for the actualization of full local government autonomy.

“The NEC is in support of community policing as a strategy of achieving effective security and safety of lives and properties in the country.

“The NEC is deeply worried and sympathizes with university students, parents and the general public on the prolonged but avoidable ASUU strike that has increased the general hardship on the citizens.

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“The Federal Government is therefore advised to immediately resolve and end the ongoing strike with a view to achieving an all inclusive growth for national development.

“The NEC agreed unanimously to follow up on issues regarding constitutional review of the proposed Revenue Allocation formula increase from 22% to 35% in favour of the Local Governments and Area Councils”, the communique concluded.

In attendance at the ALGON NEC meeting were about 27 ALGON State Chairmen representing various LGAs and Councils in their respective states.

Comrade James Ezema is a veteran journalist and media consultant. He is a political strategist. He can be reached on +2348035823617 via call or WhatsApp.

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