Obasanjo accuses Governors of killing LG system
*Amosun says Ogun is an exception
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has accused the state governors of rendering the local government system useless by allegedly stealing fund allocated to them from the federation account.
Obasanjo said the local government reform he initiated in 1976 as a military ruler, was to make local government autonomous, functional and developmental.
The former President speaking after delivering a lecture at the maiden international conference on politics, security and development at the Babcock University in Ilishan Remo, however, said local government has emerged as the most abused constitutionally matter since the 1999 constitution was introduced.
The state governors, Obasanjo noted, often deducted from the councils’ allocation for projects they allegedly implemented on their behalf, adding that council chairmen could not challenge the governors.
Obasanjo also accused the governors of running the councils with sole administrators instead of elected officials, adding that where elections were held into the councils, the governors connived with electoral agency to get its candidates declared winners of the polls.
Meanwhile, Governor Ibikunle Amosun has said that his administration is not among the state governments accused of undermining the local government system.
Amosun speaking at a the lecture, also said his government was not tampering with fund of the local governments.
The Governor, represented by the Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, said his administration has been augmenting the allocation of the state’s 20 local governments to enable them meet their financial obligations.
He also said his administration which came into office in May 2011, had so far held elections into local governments in 2012 and 2016.