According to reports, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has advocated for a sustainable local government system to enable democracy dividends permeate to the populace at the grassroots.
The minister, who made the appeal while delivering a keynote address at the public presentation of two books by a former Dean, Faculty of Law, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, in the former federal capital at the weekend, challenged the intelligentsia, legal practitioners, professionals and other intellectually-minded persons to present the “best 11” for stewardship at the third tier of government, since according to him, the basis of governance begins at the grassroots.
The books are Modern Administrative Law and Practice in Nigeria and Local Government Law: Cases and Materials.
He lamented that Nigeria has over the years had all manner of persons at this very important level of government.
Fashola, therefore, urged the academics to come into the system to make a lasting difference.
To him, the rife speculation that states are milking the councils through the joint account is misleading, stressing that mode of withdrawals was well spelt out to allow for transparency.
He noted that to allow for seamless operations devoid of bureaucratic confusion, certain functions of the councils were domiciled in hands of some agencies in the state to allow for orderliness during his tenure as governor of Lagos.
Fashola cited collection of signage dues which he admitted was function of the local councils, but was contracted to the Lagos State Advertisement and Signage Agency (LASAA) to allow for proper coordination, as according to him, numerous collection by various individuals, would amount to disorderliness.
He, therefore, proffered solutions to make the third tier of government more capable to delivering its important roles for the betterment of the people and society.
The minister also assured Nigerians of stable power, saying the Federal Government was working round the clock to ensure that.
Fashola, thereafter, lauded Oyewo for a job well done, noting that the knowledgeable constitutional lawyer had contributed immensely to the discipline.
Earlier, the reviewers, Prof. Olu Adeniran and Dr. K.O. Amusa, as well as the chairman of the event and former governor of Oyo State, Otunba Adebayo Alao-Akala, equally lauded the author for the scholarly work.