By Tunde Jakande
A member of the House of Representatives Hon. Mufutau Egberongbe says every State Government has the perogative to decide the number of Municipal Authorities it needs and requires for effective governance especially at the grassroots.
Egberongbe who represents Apapa and Apapa Iganmu federal constituencies at the House, said there is no place for the third tier of government in a true federation. The former Lagos State House of Assembly member who spoke exclusively to L G News at his office in Abuja, believes the Federal Government should scrap the entire 774 councils as constituted in the constitution and allow state Government to decide the number of local councils it wants and can afford. He says states should generate revenue and pay royalty to the centre.
‘Listen Tunde, the primary purpose of local Government Councils is to accelerate community development and bring governance nearer to the people. If Lagos State believes it needs 57 councils to enhance development, then the state should have the power under law to create that exact number without recourse to the Federal Government. In any case, I have always advocated true federalism which means a weak centre and stronger component states. If we can grow and develop on this direction, trust me, security will be better and there will be less reported cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and other forms of criminality because the establishment of state police will nip it in the bud’.
Egberongbe also believes that the 9th Assembly will not be a rubber stamp of the Executive noting that the Assembly is determined and focused on serving the Nigerian People.He said the lower chamber took a stand on the El zazaky continuous detention and advised Federal Government to release the man on bail as pronounced by the court. This he noted shows the Assembly has a mind of its own.
On the protracted traffic congestion at the Apapa ports and environs, Egberongbe noted that already, he had brought the menace to the attention of members at plenary. The Law maker said he advocated that Customs and Port managers should purchase more sophisticated devices that can track ships before birthing and scan its contents too. This he said will help control the movement of trucks who wait endlessly and cause unnecessary traffic.
Egberongbe who only recently opened a constituency office promised a more rewarding future for youths and elderly in his constituency through more elaborate empowerment and financial programmes.