Stakeholders in Bauchi State have been urged to champion the agitation for the autonomy of the local government system in the country.
The call was made at a one-day sensitisation campaign on local government autonomy towards youth participation in electoral process, organised by the FAHIMTA Women and Youth Development Initiative, in collaboration with Actionaid Nigeria, held at the BIC Plaza in Bauchi.
The sensitisation campaign was organised for stakeholders, which comprised of youth activists, civil society organisations, media, government representatives, INEC and leaders of political parties and was aimed at increasing citizens’ participation in decision making of the government.
Speaking at the event, Maryam Garba, the executive director of FAHIMTA, said that the time had come for every Nigerian to show interest and ask necessary questions about what is happening in his or her local government area.
She said that the democratic process was not complete without citizens’ participation at the grassroots, pointing out that citizens’ priority needs could be met when there is a disconnect between the government and the people at the grassroots.
“There is a lot development lacking at the grassroots level and this is because the local governments do not control and generate their own funds, so once the local governments become autonomous, issues of poverty, out of school children, lack of basic social amenities amongst others can be addressed,” she said.