20th September, 2011
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has urged the National Assembly to ratify the 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) created by the Bola Tinubu administration in 2003.
The South West Secretary of the party, Mr. Austin Nnorom, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Nnorom said that it was in the best interest of the people if the LCDAs are made constitutional before the stateâ€™s council polls in October.
â€œThese LCDAs have become very necessary to the development of the state. Their benefits are awesome and the people of the state attest to that fact.
â€œThey have brought governance closer to the people and have indeed improved grassroots people participation in their governance,â€œ he said.
He said that it was unfair for Lagos State to have only 20 local councils considering her population.
He added that it did not mean well for the polity that sparsely populated states had more local councils than densely populated ones.
The CNPP South West Secretary reiterated the importance of not politicising people-friendly policies, even when the policy was the brainchild of the opposition.
â€œThose in government ought not to play politics with certain issues and matters that will benefit the people,â€œ he said.
According to Nnorom, the party is in support of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commissionâ€™s (LASIEC) plan to hold elections in 57 council areas instead of the 20 constitutionally recognised ones.
â€œWe are totally in support of the commission and will expect our members to participate fully in the polls,â€ he added.