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A northern Nigeria group, Arewa Think Tank (ATTK), has thrown its weight behind President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s moves to ensure local governments enjoy financial autonomy in his administration.

President Tinubu recently criticised state governors for what he termed an overbearing influence on the administration of local government councils in the country.

Muhammad Alhaji Yakubu, the Chief Convener of ATTK, noted in a statement that issues of accountability and ineffectiveness hinder the growth of local council authorities.

He stressed that state governors must be held accountable for the lack of adequate development at the grassroots.

He said, “Arewa Think Tank is in line with President Tinubu for criticizing the governors who, during elections, rely on local governments to garner votes but, after the polls, focus solely on the state level.”

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He added that they believe Tinubu is doing his very best to enhance the revenue base of the country, stressing that the governors must also be sympathetic and urgently consider the needs of the local people.

The group expressed their delight and support for the federal government’s suit against the 36 state governors before the Supreme Court, seeking the enforcement of full autonomy for local governments.

The group also criticised what it termed deliberate efforts to undermine the best brains in President Tinubu’s administration, starting with the Comptroller General of Customs.


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