Obasanjo Deplores Worsening State of Local Government Administration

Declares that the situation requires divine intervention.

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, stated that local government administration was getting worse in Nigeria, adding that the survival rests on divine intervention.

He lamented that most of the councils could not even afford a grader for roads and perform other functions highlighted by the 1976 Local Government Reform.

In a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, the Owu chief urged the council workers to be prayerful for things to get better.

The elder statesman, who received the new National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) president, Comrade Akeem Olatunji Ambali at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library Penthouse home, regretted that the reform had been allegedly abused by state governors.

He said: “I am of the view that the situation needs prayers. A situation whereby a local government cannot even afford a grader to make local roads motorable, a situation where they cannot build a hospital or provide for the educational needs of their people is not what we want the local government to be when we were creating the 1976 Reform.”

“Well, the rot actually started with the military, which wanted to have such local councils in their respective areas. This increased the number to 774 from about 300,” he continued.

“But the politicians further made it worse with corruption. These were not what we envisioned when we created the local government reform in 1976. Local governments were to provide overall quality of life for the people who reside in their communities. But is that what we have now?”

Certainly not, Sir.

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