Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora accused governors of destroying the Local Government (LG) administration in Nigeria by imposing caretaker chairmen on the people at the grassroots and failing to allow the conduct of free and fair polls at the local government level.
Mamora, a former Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly stated this on. Friday on Inside Sources with Laolu Akande, aired on Channels Television.
He said, “If I would be very frank, the governors destroyed the local governments. That’s the truth. Don’t forget, I was very much involved. Local government chairmen were elected under Abdulsalami Abubakar in 1998 with a three-year tenure which should have terminated in 2001, but towards the end of the termination of the tenure, the local government chairmen under the aegis of ALGON started making moves to the National Assembly, then headed by Anyim Pius Anyim as Senate President and Ghali Na’aaba (of blessed memory) as the Speaker of the House.
“They (LG chairmen) were asking for the extension of their tenure to be four years in line with the state and the federal. That was the beginning.”
Mamore, who was the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Houses of Assembly in 2001, said the move was challenged “because Section 7 of the Constitution has placed everything in the local governments under the state through laws made by the state house of assembly.”
“We challenged it because it was like trying to usurp the powers of the state houses of assembly,” he said.