Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has called for new measures to revive the ‘dead’ local government system in the country. ayokinews.com reports
Speaking on Thursday, during a graduation lecture held at the National Institute for Security Studies in Abuja, Jonathan highlighted the urgent need for states to revive the local government system in the country.
He further stressed that the addressing of problems affecting governance from the grassroots would go a long way in curbing insecurity in Nigeria.
In his words: “Most of these security conflicts are happening because of the weakness of the lower tiers of government. The local government system that is supposed to inter-phase with communities directly and prevent this is dead in this country.
“Since the local governments are mainly managed by the states now — because we are told that some states even take their money — I think the states must have strong departments that will coordinate the affairs of local governments.
“And these departments must have regular meetings with traditional rulers and community development committees.”