Senator Uche Ekwunife, speaking on the need for Local Government Autonomy In Nigeria

“My vision is to see a local government that is a city under the mega city, which is the State government. Giving LGAs full powers to run their administration and execute projects within their capacity will help develop the communities in the local governments”.

“I consider it unfortunate that today we are using funds released for one local government to develop another when this shouldn’t be the case, and this is largely due to our failure to ensure fiscal discipline in the management of State resources.”

“My quest to see a robust and performing local government system in Nigeria can be traced back to 2012, when I as a member of the 7th House of Representatives sponsored a bill entitled: A Bill for an Act to amend Section 7,162, of the 1999 Constitution for the provision of political and financial independence for local government administration in Nigeria.”

“Inspite of the challenges to the passage of the Bill, I represented it during my short stay in the 8th Senate and currently in the 9th Senate.”

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