THAT 2B LG ELECTION BUDGET IN RIVERS
The Rivers State Govt has introduced a price range of 2B to conduct elections into her 23 LGAs. That means that to supply every Chairman and their Councillors would value about 86m per LGA.
In my LGA of Ikwerre with 13 wards, it’ll value 86m to elect 1 Chairman, 1 Vice and 13 Councillors
That means additional it’ll value the Rivers taxpayers 450,000 to conduct elections into her four,442 electoral models
And that is in a State that boasts of Nigeria’s second highest unemployment fee in response to final NBS stories
Understandably, the majority of the cash in all probability goes into logistics and adhoc personnel cost
In a submit Covid19 economic system, worsened by recession, govts should be spending on manufacturing/manufacturing over consumption
When Nigeria just lately introduced Recession, critics rushed to heap the blames on the doorsteps of the FG conveniently forgetting that recession is attributable to the sum of actions/inactions of the assorted ranges of Govts. That isn’t to absolve the FG of guilt, nonetheless, the purpose should be made that there isn’t a Nigeria that doesn’t fall right into a Native Council & that what and the way sources are managed at that degree have an effect on the States and by consequence, the nation
How as a State, we selected to want consumption-based expenditures over funding/ manufacturing in an economic system that has relapsed into recession amazes me
Is there no different methods we are able to conduct the election that gained’t value that a lot? Can’t now we have new thinkings in Govt, should issues stay the best way it had all the time been with zero enchancment?
Therefore adhoc personnel and logistics is costing a lot to conduct a simultaneous election throughout the State, how about staggering our elections such that elections are held in these LGAs which might be shut to one another on a selected day. Eg, if one can simply transfer from Ikwerre to Emohua to Phalga to Obio/Akpor to Etche to Omuma to Ahoada East in few hours, why can’t RISIEC do identical, then on a later date, they shift to different areas?
What this is able to do is that the identical personnel & sources used for one space might be deployed to others, in order that the state doesn’t need to spend as a lot as 2B to pick lower than 5,000 individuals who would do nothing apart growing the wage invoice of the State
With two Sea Ports, 1 Int’l Airport and main manufacturing hub, Aba shut by, nothing stops our State from spending that quantity establishing Industrial Zones to offer direct & oblique employment in addition to improve IGR of the State
There may be an pressing must refocus our State, particularly the younger folks away from an excessive amount of politicking, defections and all what not and that point is now
Welcome to December