Nigeria: ALGON wants strategic role in security administration at local level
By Taiwo Adelu
London, Sep 15, 2019 (AltAfrica) – The Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) wants a strategic role in the design and implementation of security plans across the country
The association is worried that as the closest arm of government to the grassroots, it has never been considered and included in the implementation of national security policy even when such policies affected its areas of jurisdiction
This was the position taking at the end of the Board of Trustees and National Executive Council meeting of the ALGON held at the National Secretariat in Abuja on Thursday.
In a communiqué issued and read by Secretary General Hajia Binta Bello at the end of the meeting, the ALGON said that “the association is concerned that the rising insecurity, kidnapping and other social vices in the country, which from all indications require effective inclusion of the entire local government administrators given their vast grassroots strength and demographic advantage with a bottom up approach as part of paradigm shift with proven possibilities of reducing vices to the barest minimum.
The ALGON Board of Trustees (BOT) and the National Executive Council (NEC) regret that the grassroots have always been at the receiving end of every challenge that the country go through over the years due to its consequential proximity to the people. This leads to forge a common front through the present leadership of ALGON led by the National President Hon. Kolade Alabi whose ingenuity and leadership prowess has brought the association’s trajectory back on the part of peace, unity with sustained strategy for developing the third tier of government as a model of excellence.”
On the plight of Nigerians in South Africa, the ALGON frown at the attitude and action of the South Africans. The association, however, “condoles with families and victims of xenophobic attacks in South Africa and the huge human and material losses it has continued to bring to Nigerians.
“ALGON commends the intervention of the Federal Government to ensure the protection of all Nigerians while urging everyone to support the development and growth initiatives of government towards socio-economic safety nets that will guarantee the return of our brothers and sisters who left the shores of the country in search of greener pastures and became endangered species by unbalanced circumstances in the hands of their hosts.”
On the controversy surrounding the purported dismissal of the association’s National President, Kolade Alabi, ALGON said that “we wish to also unanimously express our unflinching loyalty to Hon Kolade David Alabi’s leadership as the National President of ALGON. The association under the present Executive Committee is unwavering in its resolve to return the local governments back to its rightful position.”