Abiodun pledges autonomy to local councils



Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has pledged to grant government authorities autonomy to enable residents enjoy more dividends of democracy.


The said this on Saturday after  he cast his vote at Ita-Osanyin Ward 3 in Iperu, his hometown.


Abiodun said he would ensure the new  government chairmen who would emerge from the just concluded election got autonomy to administer their  council areas.


He said the achievement of the government caretaker in the last 20 months showed that when given autonomy, council chairmen would do more at the grassroots.


According to him,  the caretaker committees ensured that their projects were well funded in line with the constitution.


“We will the autonomy of the government in line with the yearnings of the Governors’ Forum.


“I believe that they are a tier of government that should be given a free hand to run their affairs.


“They are the closest administrative office to the grassroots, they are able to make that impact because they are much closer to the any organ of government,”he said.


On the election, Abiodun adjudged the election free, and peaceful across the state.


He said that reports he got from the field indicated that there were no disruptions and voters were able to vote for candidates of their choice peacefully.


The the state electoral agency for the peaceful poll.


The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the elections, which was scheduled to end by 2.p.m was extended to 3.p.m.


The Ogun Independent Electoral Commission (OGISIEC) said the extension was to avoid disenfranchisement of voters.


The election, however, witnessed low turnouts in some parts of the state. (NAN)