Government have been stealing LG Money - Adebutu

Government have been stealing  LG Money - Adebutu


The former House of Representatives member, Hon. Ladi Adebutu said that successive governments have continue to steal the local government's money by hijacking their revenues.

Adebutu disclosed this at the Second edition of Ladi Adebutu Good Governance Symposium with the theme: Local Government Autonomy: a panacea for National development in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. 

He added that if the government at the grassroots fail, the whole government structure of any given country would failed. 

His words: "When we fail at the grassroots, everything will fail. Nigeria's problems is self inflicted. We have deliberately all the local governments not to function by stealing their revenues". 

"The problems we are having throughout the nation now it is self inflicted and it is not far from the fact that we have deliberately refused the local government to function  by stealing their revenues, rendering them incompetent and incapable to perform, agitations come from the grassroot.

"Bottom up and as this agitation come from the bottom up, like my brother said "they now bring the pipeline to access the influence of democracy" may God save us. 

"The only solution is to take away these elections from statutory bodies and allow credible elections to happen throughout the nation, so that we end up in a system where people can genuinely chose their leaders, genuinely have a means to exercise their franchise and in doing that in exercising their franchise, they have the legitimate means of going forward, and when legitimate means of going forward is refused then we have the situation where people do otherwise".

The Guest Speaker and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Mike Ozekhome in his lecture, urged the federal government to restructure the country through referendum in order for the country to overcome it's various challenges.

Ozekhome said that the Apex government must do something urgent with the current situation of the country, saying the country is heading to point of no return or no destination. 

The legal luminary said all Nigerians must renegotiate the terms, if the country would continue to be united. 

The Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Ayo Olukotun and the host, Hon. Ladi Adebutu in their remarks, called for local government autonomy, saying no true development would come the country's way unless the grassroots were developed.

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