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A giant stride towards achieving full autonomy for local government administration in Nigeria is about to manifest.

At the Nigerian local government summit 2019 in Abuja, the Secretary to the government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha said that, there will be an end to States and local governments joint account, through constitutional means. This is a welcome news from the Federal government to free local governments in Nigeria from maladministration and nonperformance of the governments at the grassroots. There is no gainsaying the fact that the closest government to the grassroots people is the local government administration. More than 80% of the population of this country reside in the grassroots. These categories of people need quality and functional education, prompt primary health care delivery, manpower development, human capital development, infrastructural development, socioeconomic emancipation etc. These can only be achieved, if local governments are allowed to have direct and unhindered access to their resources. For a long time ago,in the history of local government administration in this country, prompt and meaningful service delivery has suffered serious setback as a result of the constitutional provisions that put the finances and administration of local governments under the state houses of assembly. Some of the governors have taken undue advantage of this constitutional provisions, to reduce local governments to a mere extension of their offices, thereby subjecting the third tiers government and its people to abject poverty and retardation of socioeconomic development. I want to seize this medium, to appeal to all lovers of grassroots development to support the Federal government in her renewed efforts to liberate local government system, so that the needed all round national development of our great nation can be achieved, in the overall interest of the masses of our people. This is the only way Nigeria, as a nation can attain rapid political and socioeconomic advancement. The National Assembly is hereby enjoined to swing into action by immediately amending those obnoxious clauses of our constitution that will pave way for full autonomy to local government administration in Nigeria. God bless President Buhari for his consistency at ensuring full autonomy for local government administration, the Federal government and the good people of our dear country.

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My vision is driven by the conviction that Governments primarily have responsibilities to perform and must be held to account on improved conditions that meet basic standards of living; employment generation and livelihoods sustainability; whilst balancing socio-cultural peculiarities of the various constituencies in the new world order.

Abiodun BORISADE is the last child of the 4 children of Late Justice Michael Ayorinde BORISADE and wife, Chief Mrs Oyeyemi BORISADE.
Abiodun holds a Bachelor of science degree in chemistry (1997 EKSU); A Masters degree in Environmental Management (Middlesex University, UK. 2002); A Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Lecturing (University of Bolton UK, 2006); A Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism (International Institute of Journalism, University of Maiduguri 2019).

Abiodun lectured in chemistry and general sciences at various renowned UK institutions including Hopwood Hall College, Middleton Greater Manchester; City & Islington College, London.

Abiodun BORISADE is Founder and Chief Executive Office of Elise Integrated Consult Nigeria Limited. A popular media brand www.abiodunborisade.com is also under his direct control.

Abiodun served as Technical Assistant to Ekiti government 2011, and is currently serving as special assistant on new media to ekiti state governor.

He is member to numerous reputable professional bodies within and outside Nigeria.

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