I'll Support Quest For LG Autonomy If Elected - Ebonyi South Senatorial Aspirant

By Chijioke Njoku, Abakaliki

Ebonyi South Senatorial Aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Marcelo Nwaji Anyigor has promised to be among active proponents for full local government autonomy if he emerges victorious at the polls.

He pledged this during the weekend while interacting with journalists in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

The Senatorial hopeful noted the magnitude of grassroots leadership and adjudged that granting the local government, full autonomy would give rise to a democratic succour to the hinterlands and widespread developmental strides, across the nation. 

"I, therefore, promise to join the vanguard of agitations for Local Government Autonomy using the instrumentality of the legislative powers of the National Assembly to carry the burdens off the rural dwellers' necks and make them live good and befitting lives," Anyigor declared.

He observed that, making the local governments subservient to the states of the federation had been the identifiable reason why poverty was well entrenched at the grassroots. 

Arguing further, Anyiogor said that he believes that making the third tier of government, which in his words, is the closest to the grassroots, to enjoy financial independence would banish the poverty ravaging the land.

He maintained that granting local government financial autonomy would also combat corruption being perpetrated via the diversion of funds meant for rural dwellers and the debasement and undue manipulation of the political structure through the constitution of caretaker committees by governors instead of putting elected officials in place in their various states.

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