By Festus Ahon
ASSOCIATION of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON, has frowned at alleged antics of its immediate past National President, Tanko Kagara, to continue to hold on to power, accusing him of attempts to summon the NEC meeting of the association for Tuesday 19 February, 2019.
Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, of ALGON, Odunayo Ategbero and Chairman of Delta State chapter of the association, Itiako. Ikpokpo, noted that “Only the recently constituted Transition Management Committee under the leadership of Odunayo Ategbero, has the mandate to summon the NEC meeting of ALGON.
“The prerequisite for ALGON membership is first being a local government chairman/administrator. Hence, the dissolution of the 25 local government administrations in Niger State by the state government on February 12th affected the immediate past President of ALGON, who until the dissolution was the Chairman of Rafi Local Government of the state.
“He has therefore ceased to be a member of ALGON or any of its organs. The constitutional provision under which the Deputy President, Hon. S. Ameachi, could have taken over cannot be implemented as Hon. Amaechi has also left office as a local government chairman since December, 2018.
“As a way out of the sudden leadership vacuum, the association in obedience to section 17.1 of its constitution, therefore constituted a 21-man Transition Management Committee (TMC) with Hon. Odunayo Ategbero, a member of ALGON’s Board of Incorporated Trustees representing the South West, as Chairman. The TMC is to oversee the movable and immovable assets of the assiociation for the time being and to conduct elections to fill all vacant positions within sixty days from the day of its inauguration.”
“The planned emergency NEC meeting by the erstwhile National President is, therefore, a distraction and outrightly unconstitutional. Upon his removal as Chairman of Rafi Local Government, Hon. Kagara no longer has constitutional powers to preside or participate as a member in a meeting of ALGON.
“It is worthy to note that there is no emergency whatsoever as the TMC, upon its constitution, resolved that all members of ALGON NEC should take time out to participate actively in the 2019 general elections. TMC is to reconvene after the national elections to set out modalities for election to fill its vacant positions.
“The Secretary General of ALGON must therefore take cognizance of the change in the leadership of the association. Her loyalty must therefore be to the leadership of the ALGON NEC.
“The challenge before ALGON today is how to strengthen local government administration in the country. Chairmen of local governments must therefore rise up to the occassion and avoid all forms of divisionary tendencies and extraneous manipulations aimed at strangulating the local government system.”