Tinubu calls for stronger local governance and community development

President Bola Tinubu has called for a more effective local government system that fosters community development and provides the essential elements of governance within a strengthened federal structure.

Receiving a delegation of Yoruba thought leaders at the State House on Friday, President Tinubu, in a statement by Presidential Spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, emphasized that governance must be transformative and must address the critical needs of citizens.

He said the last 12 months have been satisfactory for his administration despite the presence of some challenges that are being addressed head-on.

“It has been a challenge. It has also been rewarding. We took charge and have stopped the bleeding. I can categorically say now that Nigeria is no longer bleeding. And he will not bleed to death, but will now advance toward prosperity. That is the promise I made to all of you, and it is also the charge you gave me.

“We are managing to swim across the pond. The current is not good. We will change course. We are turning the curve. I assure you this. I’m being very careful. The worst is over for Nigeria.

We will prevail.

“I thank the team that has been working very hard. The only thing I can promise is that we will do whatever it takes. We are determined and will work so that all Nigerians can feel the impact of good governance,” the President said.

The President assured Nigerians that his administration will ensure that they get value for every kobo spent and that his government will leave a lasting legacy of prosperity for future generations, while removing the yoke of bad governance and expanding access to public goods quality.

“We will get value for our money, and it is not for us, but for our children. Our children will not inherit the burden of bad government. However, they will enjoy the prosperity of Nigeria as a blessed nation at our hands; of our sweat. We will bequeath you a nation full of pride and prosperity,” said President Tinubu.

President Tinubu also called for deepening governance and strengthening leadership at all levels of government and institutions, adding that his administration is committed to fostering fiscal federalism and strengthening the system to improve inclusion and equity for all. Nigerians.

“Improvement of healthcare is ongoing. Road rehabilitation and construction are ongoing. The development of education is ongoing. I am asking you to look at what is happening in the United States. Pay attention to your state governors. Tell them to take their responsibilities seriously and put people at the center of their development plans. Once there is synergy, I can assure you that Nigeria will be one of the best nations you will see anywhere in the world.

“The local government administration is being suffocated. People are looking for the opportunity to ensure they survive and become more determined through community development programs. What I will not support is any effort to make local government a unitary system by turning over all fundamental responsibilities to the federal government. That is criminal when there is a federal system.

“We have a federal system. There is state and federal administration. We have two components. States must do what is best for their own administration process. There is no one size fits all. That’s what we should do when looking at the revenue formula, and we should be consistent with federalism; fiscal federalism. Those are the things you should expect from me, not knee-jerk reactions before the election.

“Our population is growing. It’s getting bigger and bigger. The geographic need is increasing, so we still want more space for housing. The population is growing. This is the basis of flexibility at the local government level. We must grow and expand,” said the President.

While thanking the delegation of eminent Nigerians, President Tinubu urged continued support and faith in Nigeria, assuring them that his government would live up to expectations.

“I can tell you that Nigeria no longer prints paper money or fools itself into thinking it has a basis to survive. Nigeria went through terrible birth pains, but we have seen the baby come out alive,” the President concluded.

In his remarks, Honorable Bayo Aina, National Secretary, who spoke on behalf of Prince Tajudeen Oluyole Olusi, Coordinator of Yoruba Thought Leaders, commended the President for his prioritization of infrastructure investment in various sectors.

“We welcome your timely initiative to improve, build and modernize our nation’s infrastructure in healthcare, aviation, transportation and the education sector. We congratulate you on your commitment to providing responsible, responsive and accountable governance in this country.

“At this point, we declare without a doubt our full commitment to the vision of greatness that you have articulated, which is the destiny of Nigeria, not only within Africa, but globally and among the community of nations before the end of the XXI century. ”, concluded the National Secretary of the group.