The urgent need to restructure the country and grant the local government area ( LGA) full autonomy has been identified as the solution to the underdevelopment and neglect suffered by rural areas in the country.
This was disclosed by some chairmanship and councillorship candidates of some political parties at a Political Debate organised for the Chairmanship/Councillorship candidates contesting in the council election in Lagos State.
They stressed that the state was over burdened with responsibility with the current structure, adding that being the closest to the people the local government should be given full autonomy to administer the local government area.
The chairmanship candidates of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), for Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Hon. Chinedu Nwoye noted that while governors concentrate efforts at developing state capitals and other key projects, most governments in the country often suffer neglect leaving most riruals areas without social amenities.
The event which was held at the Airport Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos was organised by the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC), Enough Is Enough (EIE) and the media.
Also speaking, the chairmanship candidate for Ikeja Local Government under the Accord Party, Busola Olorundipe advocated that for local government autonomy to be credible it should be enshrined in the constitution for proper implementation.
Presenting their manifestoes, the AGPA chairmanship candidate, Hon. Nwoye promised to rehabilitate, and empower women and the youths through skills acquisition, training programme, adding that he would partner with corporate organisations to achieve the programmes.
In her manifesto Olorundipe, promised to operate and open door policy, adding that she would work to remove restrictions on women in politics.
Speaking on the aims of the programme, the chairperson, Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) and the organiser of the event, Dr Abiola Akiode-Afolabi, in her address, said it was to afford the electorates information that will allow them to exercise their political choice.
She said: “The debate is to enable each individual to crystallise his or her autonomous opinion in the decision making process and to help promote credible and legitimate elections that are conducted in accordance with international standards,” Afolabi said.
Other candidates at the event include Hon Akeem Olayemi Apena, of Accord Party for Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area, Hon. Sunday Sodolamu for Ojodu LCDA, among others.