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LG Autonomy: Senator Gbenga Daniel Hails President Tinubu, Supreme Court Judgment

With the historic Supreme Court judgement granting full financial autonomy to local government administrations, Nigeria is poised to enter a new era of growth and development. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has shown exceptional courage and leadership in championing this cause, a sentiment echoed by former Governor of Ogun State and Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Otunba Engr Gbenga Daniel.

Senator Daniel praised the President and the judiciary, stating, “President Tinubu and the Supreme Court have restored sanity to the Nigerian political space as this will allow the dividends of democracy to reach the masses. This constitutional resolution is long overdue because the local government administration is closest to the grassroots. They should have the capacity to impact directly on the lives of the people through the initiation of life-changing programs and projects.”

Impact on Local Governance

The decision to grant financial autonomy to local governments is expected to revolutionize governance at the grassroots level. Senator Daniel elaborated on this, saying, “Local governments have long been hamstrung by their dependence on state governments for funding. This autonomy will enable them to plan and execute projects that are most relevant to their communities without unnecessary bureaucratic delays. It’s a significant step towards true federalism.”

Daniel further emphasized that local governments are best positioned to understand and address the unique challenges of their communities. “Local governments can now prioritize projects that directly benefit their constituents, from building schools and health centers to improving local infrastructure. This autonomy is a game-changer for local development,” he added.

President Tinubu’s Visionary Leadership

Senator Daniel lauded President Tinubu’s commitment to strengthening Nigeria’s democracy and fostering economic growth. “As a Democrat, and a Progressive one at that, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has demonstrated enormous capacity in the struggle towards strengthening Nigeria’s democracy. With this local government financial autonomy, he has once again set to recalibrate the wheels of our political and economic growth in a way that will make clear meanings to the average citizens,” he stated.

Daniel noted that President Tinubu’s leadership style has always been about empowering the people and ensuring that governance is inclusive. “President Tinubu understands that for Nigeria to achieve sustainable development, every level of government must be empowered to function effectively. This move to grant financial autonomy to local governments is a testament to his visionary leadership and commitment to decentralization,” Daniel remarked.

The Role of the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court’s role in this historic decision cannot be overstated. Senator Daniel commended the judiciary for upholding the principles of justice and equity. “The Supreme Court has played a crucial role in safeguarding our democracy. By granting financial autonomy to local governments, they have ensured that the voices of the grassroots are heard and that resources are allocated fairly and efficiently,” he said.

Daniel highlighted that the judiciary’s decision aligns with global best practices in democratic governance. “Many advanced democracies operate on the principle of local government autonomy. This decision brings Nigeria closer to global standards and demonstrates our commitment to democratic ideals,” he added.

Economic and Social Benefits

The financial autonomy of local governments is expected to yield significant economic and social benefits. Senator Daniel pointed out that with more control over their finances, local governments can stimulate local economies by investing in projects that create jobs and improve living standards. “Empowered local governments can drive economic growth from the bottom up. By funding local businesses, infrastructure projects, and social programs, they can create a more dynamic and resilient economy,” he explained.

He also emphasized the potential for improved service delivery in critical sectors such as education, healthcare, and transportation. “Local governments can now allocate funds more effectively to meet the specific needs of their communities. This means better schools, hospitals, roads, and other essential services for the people,” Daniel said.

Challenges and the Way Forward

While celebrating this milestone, Senator Daniel acknowledged that the journey towards effective local government autonomy is just beginning. “There will be challenges in implementing this new financial autonomy. Local governments must build their capacity to manage resources efficiently and transparently. There needs to be a robust framework for accountability to ensure that funds are used for their intended purposes,” he cautioned.

Daniel called for continuous support and oversight from both federal and state governments to ensure the successful transition to financial autonomy. “The federal and state governments must work together to support local governments during this transition. Training and capacity-building programs will be essential to help local officials manage their new responsibilities effectively,” he said.

A Call to Action

Senator Daniel issued a call to action for all stakeholders to embrace this change and work towards its success. “This is a historic opportunity for Nigeria. Let us all rise to the occasion and ensure that local governments are empowered to deliver on their mandate. Together, we can build a more prosperous and equitable nation,” he urged.

Senator Daniel’s enthusiastic endorsement of the Supreme Court’s judgement and President Tinubu’s leadership underscores the significance of this development in Nigeria’s democratic evolution. The move towards financial autonomy for local governments is expected to foster greater accountability, efficiency, and grassroots development, ultimately benefiting all Nigerians.

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