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Recuring problems in local government administration: Need for lasting solution

Most Nigerians are now familiar with the sight of road blocks set up by Local Governments to collect one form of tax, levy or rate as the case may be. These road blocks can be found within most cities and on inter-state highways. The Local Government officials assigned to these road blocks in most cases menacingly demand payment of all manner of fees from drivers of commercial and private vehicles. Some Nigerians who have been bold enough to challenge their authority have often come away with one sordid tale or the other. Most Local Governments justify these road blocks – which they conveniently label as revenue generation drives- with the excuse that they need to shore up their dwindling allocations from the Federal and State governments in order to perform their constitutional functions. Yet it is generally agreed that most Local governments have despite their ubiquitous revenue generation drive, failed to make meaningful positive impacts on the lives of Nigerians. Designed to bring the positive effects of governance to the populace, they have on the contrary brought more hardship owing to their failure to attend to the most basic of their functions and duties. Many reasons have been adduced for this failure. There however appears to be little consensus as to the way forward to get Local Governments to function in the manner required of them.

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Poverty: The role of the Constitution and cost of governance (6)

I have over the course of five weeks highlighted the rising spate of poverty in the land. I have discussed how the gap between the rich and the poor appear to be widening. I have identified the failure of successive governments to stop the over reliance on oil revenue as the major reason for the present situation as a result of which I advocated a return to agriculture as a means of improving the revenue base of the country. This week in conclusion, I intend to discuss how our present constitution make-up has contributed to the economic downfall of the country and the way out

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Poverty/Begging Cause: Abandonement of farming (3)

Over the last two editions I have undertaken an examination of extreme poverty which now pervades the country and how the gap between the rich and the poor appear to be widening by the day. However ours is a country rich in resources and which at one time in its history exploited those sources to the good of its citizenry. This however was before the discovery of Oil.

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Poverty: Are the poor to blame? (1)

Nigeria, with over 70% of its population in abject poverty ended the year 2017 with a return of scarcity of Petroleum products. This singular event had a domino effect on all other aspects of economic life so much so that many Nigerians had a very bleak Christmas and end of the year celebration. It was a stark reminder that poverty is real and is much with us as a nation, decades after independence. Most newspaper screening headlines read as follows:

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