Obasanjo tasks states on local councils’ autonomy bill


[FILE PHOTO] Obasanjo

“The state governments that are either working against the passage of the Local Government Autonomy Bill are enemies of the people and must be treated as such,” former President Olusegun Obasanjo stated yesterday.

Speaking in Abeokuta, Ogun State, the ex-leader regretted that only nine of the 36 states had signed the bill passed by the National Assembly to crystallise development at the grassroots.

Obasanjo made the observation while addressing the Jerry Ugokwe-led Friends of Democracy, who paid him a courtesy visit.

The elder statesman introduced the reforms in 1976 while holding sway as a military Head of State.

He told his guests that the bill, among other things, was to make council areas autonomous “like the state governments.”

His words: “When in…

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