As the Orderly Society Trust’s survey of local governance draws to a close, it is evident from people’s responses that questionable accountability and failure to involve the masses in budget preparation are the major drawbacks with the third tier of government in Nigeria.
NEXT observed these assertions came up in most of the town hall meetings or Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) researchers of the Orderly Society Trust (OST) organised for people in six local government areas across the nation. These LGAs are Yaba and Badagry LGAs in Lagos State; Warri-South and Ethiope-West LGAs in Delta States; and Bodinga and Sokoto-South LGAs in Sokoto state.
Though some elected council leaders were praised for showing evidence of good governance, others, like the chair of the Oredo LGA in Edo State, were said to have failed the electorate as they have little to show for their stay in office…