A don at the Department of Local Government, Faculty of Social Sciences, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Prof. Isiaka Olalekan Aransi has reiterated the critical role play by Local Government administration in ensuring good governance and sustainable development in any country.
According to him, Local Government Council administration facilitates equitable development in the grassroots especially in the provision of primary and adult education, infrastructure, medical care delivery, good feeder roads, potable water, building of health centres, markets stalls, motor parks, refuse and night soil disposal, agricultural extension service and piped sewage scheme for urban areas, among others.
This was part of the thrust of his inaugural lecture, entitled: “Local Government, The People and The Challenges of Development in Nigeria,” which is the fifth of its kind from the department, and the 28th inaugural lecture of the university.
Aransi, who harped on how local government in the country has undergone a series of reforms and reorganization, recalled how it metamorphosed from “Native Authorities” to “Local Authorities” and was reformed to its present status of “Local Government” in 1976.
However, the inaugural lecturer spoke about the ills surrounding local government administration in the country, lamenting that the “local government council system is being confronted with series of challenges despite the spate of reforms the nation had witnessed since independence.
The don, however, noted: “Local Government administration in the country has become a case study of bureaucracy and corruption in public service. Consequently, growth and development are continuously becoming a mirage.”