The governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo has stated that he would make the local government system functional and purposive to attract smart, young and innovative problem solvers. He made this statement during the occasion of his swearing-in where he pledged to conduct local government election within two years of his administration, adding that plan is underway to reform the third tier system of government which is almost in a state of comatose.
“We will conduct local government elections. No doubt, the uniform local government system as the third federating unit is one of the contested features of our federalism. But we must make the best of a bad system, by unleashing the potential of governance at the lower levels. Over the next two years, we shall review/amend the relevant legislations, reform and strengthen the system for efficiency, restructure/strengthen the Anambra’s Independent Electoral Commission, and conduct local government elections. We will collaborate and coordinate actively with LGAs to ensure synergy and complementarities. Let the revolution get to the grassroots”. He stated.
Recall during electioneering campaign, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo had promised in his manifesto of plans to make the best out of the current local government system in the state and had equally emphasized the importance of the third tier government and the role it plays in deepening governance at the grass root level which is the foundation for development in any society.