Institutional loopholes in local government administration worrisome – Ekong Sampson
Senator representing Akwa Ibom South in the Senate, Dr. Ekong Sampson is worried over what he described as institutional loopholes in the administration of local government in Nigeria.
Speaking during the ongoing ministerial screening in the Nigerian Senate, Barr Sampson gave insights into how Local Government Areas can be effectively administered in Nigeria.
While making his contributions during the screening of one of the nominees, Alhaji Abdullahi Tijjani Gwarzo from Kano State, Senator Ekong Sampson beamed the searchlight on ways to better governance at the grassroots level. Gwarzo is a former Chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria(ALGON).
Senator Ekong Sampson himself a one time local government chairman of Mkpat Enin local government area expressed concerns over the workings of the current Local Government system in Nigeria, which he noted, was beleaguered by institutional loopholes.
He was of the opinion that if the system is strengthened, there will be greater efficiency in grassroots administration. “A more efficient Local Government system will help check insecurity in the country and engender development” he remarked.
Sampson sought out the opinion of Alhaji Gwarzo on
In his response to the question on ways of strengthening the Local Government administration in the country, the nominee, Alhaji Tijjani Gwarzo provided two vital leads. First, he answered that Local Government autonomy was a critical panacea for effective Local Government Administration in the country. Gwarzo also canvassed that LG elections should be handled by INEC or an independent national electoral body to make for free and fair elections, which will make the system independent and accountable.