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Tinubu urges state governors to prioritise accountability, inclusive development at grassroots

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, Addressing Leaders of ACF in the State House, Abuja, FCT

*President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, asserts the development of local communities is fundamental, urging the State Governors to prioritise citizens’ needs and ensure accountability and effectiveness in administration at the grassroots

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

As part of measures to ensure accountability and effectiveness in governance at the grassroots, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has urged the 36 State Governors in Nigeria to prioritise the needs of the people in their local communities.

Tinubu stated Thursday, May 30, 2024, when receiving in audience the leadership of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, FCT.

ConsumerConnect reports President Tinubu asserted the development of local communities is fundamental, so as to ensure accountability and effectiveness in administration at the level of government.

The Nigerian leader pointedly urged the ACF leaders to hold their governors accountable to the people in Northern Nigeria.

On effective delivery of social services to citizens

Ajuri Ngelale, Presidential Spokesman, reportedly quoted the President to have stated:

“We are running a constitutional democracy. I will appeal to you to summon the governors.

“I am doing my very best to enhance the revenue base of the country. They must equally be sympathetic, and they must urgently consider the needs of the local people.”

Tinubu stated: “People reside in the local communities. That is where they work, farm, and live.

“If the local governments are not effective in delivering services; as leaders, we must not hang on to the numbers.

“We have 774 local government areas, but are they truly effective? Do they solve problems for Nigerians? Do they coordinate development programming with the state and Federal governments?”

In regard to ensuring accountability for good good governance at the local level, the President noted: “Who is being held accountable for the performance of the 774 local governments? “Maybe we should look at recalibrating. What was good four years ago may not be good today.

“When we want the votes, we go to the locals; when we get the votes, we move to and focus on Abuja.”

Menace of out-of-school children unacceptable, says Tinubu

President Tinubu, at the meeting also expressed worry over the number of out-of-school children in the North, describing it as unacceptable.

Decrying the poverty situation in the Northern region of Nigeria, he recommended collaborative efforts at addressing the grim situation.

“The question of out-of-school children is unacceptable. Education is a tool against poverty, and that is what brought many of us here.

“We must use our education to serve the people and improve their conditions.

“We must develop the backbone of Nigeria’s economy, which is the education system. We will collaborate with you on this intensively,”

The President further said: “We are still building Nigeria, and I am glad that you have emphasised the need for development.

“The infrastructure decay is unacceptable, and the level of poverty in the north is unacceptable. We must eliminate the source of these trends.”

Security of lives and property of Nigerians

In regard to the challenging security situation in several parts of the West African country, Tinubu restated his administration’s commitment to securing Nigerians.

He equally commended the efforts of Malam Nuhu Ribadu, National Security Adviser (NSA).

The Nigerian leader said: “Everybody wants to be secure, and we need to invest more in technology. We will do it, I promise you.

“We will put our heart and soul into ensuring that Nigeria is secure and its citizens are protected.”

The President as well disclosed the AKK project, the dredging of the River Niger, and improving port access and infrastructure nationwide, in order to shorten travel time, “will make us more prosperous as a nation.”

He asserted: “We have to fight insecurity so that people can make a decent living anywhere they live.”

Some measures to grow the Nigerian economy

In terms of economic development and livestock management under his administration, President Tinubu stated: “Animal husbandry has been a huge problem for Nigeria. Dairy farms can grow our economy significantly.

“Talk to the governors and tell them to make more lands available. Talk to herders to collaborate with the states. The lands are with the states.”

He also explained: “We are ready to put funds in place to help the herders. We can do it, and we will be able to do it.

“If the Brazilians and the Dutch are doing it, we can also do it.”

President Tinubu appealed for national unity and continued support for his administration as the current leadership resolves age-long challenges confronting Nigerian consumers.

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