Former Speaker of House of Representatives and Ogun State governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Party (ADP), Dimeji Bankole has declared that local government autonomy would be a priority of his administration if he is elected as the next governor of the state.
He made the vow on Tuesday while addressing party faithful in Ewekoro local government area of the state.
He described local governments as the fastest means through which dividends of democracy could reach the nooks and crannies of the nation.
He maintained that local government autonomy would enhance employment generation, which he said was in tandem with his plans for mass employment.
The gubernatorial candidate decried the undue interference in the running of local government administration by state governments, adding that the development would encourage restiveness among the youth.
“The local government is meant to be autonomous from the state governments.
“If I am elected governor of the state in 2019, my administration will ensure local government autonomy, I will return power to the people.
“The local government will be made relevant to the people at the grassroots, because they will have direct access to their allocations from the federated account,” he said.