Afe Babalola, Nigerian lawyer and founder of Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, urged President Bola Tinubu to take steps to ensure that local government areas in the country receive their allocations directly from the federation account. This move, he emphasized, would play a vital role in revitalizing agriculture and bolstering the economy.
He expressed his dismay at the longstanding ineffectiveness of local councils in delivering development to the people. He attributed this issue to the alleged hijacking of their allocations by governors.
Babalola made these remarks during the inauguration of the eighth edition of the Afe Babalola Agricultural Expo (ABAEX), an annual event where the ABUAD founder empowers farmers. He clarified that directing funds to the council areas would enable administrators to play a role in the socioeconomic advancement of their communities, particularly in supporting farmers.
He proposed that local government areas should receive empowerment by establishing farming equipment for farmers to rent and allocate significant hectares of land for agricultural purposes. Drawing from his experience as a former councilor, he recalled a time when local government funds used to be directly accessible to them, contrasting with the current situation where governors control these funds.
How Bola Tinubu can ensure compliance
He emphasized the need for President Bola Tinubu to ensure that local government allocations reach them directly, as governors are prone to misappropriation.
Babalola stressed the importance of modernizing agricultural practices by acquiring advanced farming equipment to incentivize farming.
He pointed out that if local government funds are channeled directly, they can invest in tractors that can be made available for rent by the local populace, ultimately promoting agricultural development.
Professor Abiodun Ojo, the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee, articulated that ABAEX’s fundamental vision is to stimulate excellence and enduring performance among farmers in Ekiti State. Concurrently, it aims to elevate the value of all agricultural products.
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