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Ogene Knocks Soludo On Appointment Of Transition Committee Members  | Independent Newspaper Nigeria

The member representing Ogbaru Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Afam Victor Ogene, has decried the decision by Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra state, to appoint a Transition Committee in the state local government system in place of elected people describing the move as “ridiculous, and puppeteering”.
Ogene’s position was contained in his statement released in Awka, on Sunday, May 19, 2024, in response to the correspondence between the office of the governor and the local government chairmen of the Governor’s party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), calling for submission of Curriculum Vitae of interested persons within the party.
The Daily Independent had in its edition of Saturday, May 18 reported a directive by the Governor through his political adviser for APGA to Nominate people to be appointed into Transition Committee in the 21 local government areas of the state.
According to Ogene, who is the Labour Party’s House of Reps’ Caucus Leader, “Records show that Governor Soludo changes LGA Transition Committee members every three months, and have therefore, made these curious changes seven times since assumption of office in 2022. By the time he makes another of such change this month, that would be the 8th time within two years in office.
“That to me, would be an inglorious record by a democratically elected governor. This puppeteering style of leadership, which toys with the destiny, aspiration and desires of the grassroots, must be resisted and not allowed to continue to shrink the development potential of the LGAs.
“The local government ought to be the most important tier of government, as envisaged by the Nigerian Constitution, because it’s not only the tier that is closest to the people, it is also the obvious foundation of both the subnational and the federal government. And should not be at the whims of state governors.”
Ogene said such undemocratic practice of appointing local government area administrators, rather that democratic election, is an enabler of impunity and lack of democratic accountability.
It also hurts transparency in the local governments and the state as a whole, as those so appointed would only scramble for personal interests during the three months of their stay in office. “This does not help the management of scarce resources or the development of the LGAs”, he stated.
Speaking further, Hon. Ogene queried: “For instance, what manner of meaningful development plan would a TC chairman articulate and execute within a period of three months? Isn’t it troubling that Governor Soludo, a prominent economist, is promoting this charade contrary to all the economic indices that point to the decreasing economic and social fortunes of the people in the grassroots as a result of the shrinking presence of government development activities in the rural areas?
 “What really is Governor Soludo afraid of in conducting elections in the LGAs, in line with his campaign promises and the desires of the people in the grassroots and provisions of the Constitution? 
“It should be noted that other states, such as Delta, Lagos, Edo, Rivers, Kaduna, Akwa- Ibom, etc held elections in the third tier of government, no matter how imperfect; why then is Governor Soludo appointing and discarding LGA administrators as if they are used tissue papers?, Ogene queried#

Photo: Hon. Ogene

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