An NGO, People’s Life Improvement Foundation (PLIF), has advocated for a fourth tier of government to boost development in the rural areas.
Chief Somina Elekima, PLIF International President, who made the call at the first general meeting of the group, said the establishment of such community governments at ward levels would tackle the direct concerns of people in the rural areas.
Noting that the United States, from where Nigeria copied its presidential system, had federal, state, county and community governments, he urged Nigeria to have same to ensure better reach and give everyone a sense of belonging.
He described the ward as a local authority used for electoral, administrative and representative purposes usually with a councilor as its elected representative.
To ensure transparency, he suggested that allocated monies be placed under representatives of the community working along with federal, state, local government representatives and security agencies.
He cautioned against any interference by the other governments and traditional rulers, adding that the leadership should be elected but on a non-party basis.