‘Check abuse of LG allocations by govs’

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Dayo Ojerinde

A former Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Mrs Omotayo Omotosho, has urged the Federal Government to put in place measures to guard against the continued abuse of Local Government allocations by respective state governments.

Omotosho said this during the 16th Annual Adekunle Kukoyi Memorial Lecture, organised by the Nigerian Institution of Surveyors, Lagos State branch.

According to her, each tier of government should be a major contributor to economic growth and development in a democratic setting.

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She said, “In Nigeria, the local government areas, which are supposed to be the engine of development at the grass root level have been completely emasculated. Ideally, each of these levels is expected to look inward and develop its capacity for generating revenue internally. But the reality in our Nation is that many states still depend on federal allocation. We are also not unaware of the abuses by states of local government allocations.”

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In her Lecture, titled, ‘Institutional Capacity for Accelerated Growth And Economic Development: Nigeria As a Case Study,’ the former DG of NTDC noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had further weakened and forced the Nigerian economy into a recession.

The Chairman, Nigerian Institution of Surveyor, Lagos State chapter, Adeleke Adesina, said there was the need for the Federal Government to build the capacity of various government institutions and agencies to allow them to perform optimally their constitutional responsibilities.

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