The House of Representatives, yesterday, passed for second reading a bill seeking to outlaw caretaker committees in the administration of local government areas in Nigeria.
The proposed legislation titled, “A Bill for an Act to Alter Section 7 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended)”, is sponsored by Dachung Bagos.
It is also seeking to remove local governments administration from the control of state governors.
Dagos, who represents Jos South/ Jos East Federal Constituency of Plateau State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in his lead debate, said the proposed legislation is aimed at instilling democracy at the local government level.
According to him, “essentially, this bill seeks to provide for election and tenure of office for local governments chairmen/councilors and also prescribe mode of exercising legislative powers of the local government council.
“It seeks among other things to alter section to alter section 7 (1) of the principal act by substituting section 7 (1) with new section 7 (1) (a) – (2) to provide for the office of the chairman and vice chairman of local government as stipulated in the bill”, Bagos noted that it is undemocratic for governors to unilaterally appoint local governments chairmen and councilors, rather than allow the people to choose their leaders through democratic elections. (The Sun)