Director-General of National Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman and other political office holders at the Local Government Councils on Thursday applauded the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure direct payment of federal allocation to the 774 Local Government Councils.
Prof. Suleiman gave the commendation in Abuja, at the opening of the two-day training workshop for the Nigeria Councillors Forum (FCT chapter) held at the instance of the Institute.
“Since the advent of the present democratic experience in Nigeria in 1999, attention has been focused largely on strengthening legislative performance at National and State levels while democracy at the Local Government level remains largely weak.
“I must reiterate that for Nigeria to experience balanced and sustainable development, there is a need for the bulk of the country’s population who live in the rural areas to benefit from dividends of democracy at the grassroots level.
“This would be better achieved if democracy at the Local Government level is not only entrenched but also strengthened to provide the much-needed goods and services for the general wellbeing of the rural populace.