Senator Magatakadda Wamako (APC-Sokoto Central) has called for a positive reform of local government system in Nigeria to fast-track its development.
Wamako made the call on Wednesday in a keynote address at a conference on: “Local Government and Sustainable Development in Nigeria” in Zaria, Kaduna State.
TBI Africa reports that the conference was organised by the Department of Local Government and Development Studies, Faculty of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.
Wamako, who was represented by Prof. Mustapha Garba-Maitafsir, said: “Nigeria’s future development can only be achieved through a systematic and robust local government approach.
“I urge all participants at this conference to consider practicable approach toward positive reforms of local government system,” he said.
Wamako traced the origin of local government administration to Native Authority of 1916, which he said, dealt with the issue of land reforms, among others.He said the survival of democracy solidly rest on a vibrant local government system, hence the need to pay attention to its administration.
Earlier, the ABU Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, challenged academics to always endeavour to give honest advice to leaders on ways to move the country forward.
Garba said: “It is very sad to state that many state governors cannot pay their workers’ salaries; yet, as academics, we remain silent, nobody talks about it at all.”
He was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics, Prof. Ezra Bako-Amans.
Earlier, Alhaji Ibrahim Khalid, the National President, Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), called for the abolition of the State Independent Electoral Commission.
Khalid, represented by FCT Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Alhassan-Yakub, called for a uniform tenure for local government chairmen across the nation.
He also called for the recognition of Local Government Service Commission in the constitution and abolition of joint account across the country.