Chairman, Logo local government, Benue State and chairman of the state chapter of the Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON), Terna Kester-Kyenge, has said that the issue of local government autonomy that has been generating crisis in Nigeria was inevitable.
Kester-Kyenge, while speaking with our correspondent at the end of the just concluded Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at the United Nations Plaza Hotel in New York, added that the issue could not be brushed aside, adding that it was national and constitutional.
His words: "This is a national and constitutional issue. Now, the agitation has been on in the past few months particularly and it has received mixed feelings even at the National Assembly.
A proposal has been made and the issue is to be argued but what is important is that the local government, as the third tier of government, should be independent because part of the challenge of development in the country has been the fact that apart from the fact that the revenue formula in the country is in favour of the federal government whereas it should not be the case of the federating state where different components of the federation have different roles and responsibilities to play.