By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa â€” Chair-man of Bayelsa State Council of Traditional Rulers, King Joshua Igbagara, yesterday described the third tier of government in the country as a disaster.
King Igbagara, who canvassed for a return to the old order when traditional rulers played significant roles in local government administration, specifically lamented the Bayelsa situation where local government areas have been grounded by their administrators who only know how to share the money allocated to them.
Proffering solution to the inherent rot in the council system, the royal father in a paper entitled, â€œTraditional Development and Governance Model and Practiceâ€ at a 2-day inaugural Niger Delta Local Development Dialogue, organized by the United Nations Development Programme in Yenagoa, said it was sad to note that local government councils, especially in Bayelsa State, have been turned into money sharing ground.
â€œAlso the aim of forming the Community Development Committee has been defeated as it has become partner in the crime of sharing the revenue meant for the development of the area,â€ he said.
Lamenting the attitude of the past and present administrators at the grassroots level, the royal father disclosed that over 99.9 per cent of council chairmen do not know the number of communities in their jurisdiction, wondering what parameter they used for their developmental plans, if at all there was any.
On alleged inglorious activities of CDC in their respective areas, King Igbagara said self centredness was now the order of the day, stressing that what the members of CDC derived pleasure in doing mostly was usurping the role of traditional rulers.
He added that multinational companies operating in the region were not helping matters as they preferred the youths to the elders.
â€œMultinational companies have abandoned the old orders, as they are now sidelining the traditional rulers,â€ he said.
The royal father, however, called on the UNDP and other international agencies to revert to the old order of administration by recognizing the role of traditional rulers as sole representatives of the people.