The failure of the government to fully implement the Ibrahim Dasuki report on local government system has made it difficult for operators to enjoy autonomy, Alhaji Balarabe Musa has said.
Musa, the National Chairman, Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), made this known on Tuesday in a telephone interview in Abuja.
He said that the Dasuki report on local government reform had not been implemented because of pressure from state governments at the time the report was submitted to the military regime of General Ibrahim Babangida.
"The state governments want to control local governments for political and economic reasons; this control is undemocratic, local governments system should be autonomous," Musa said.
He said that the local councils should be independent as this would stem corruption perpetrated through the joint state accounts in the country.
"Scrapping of local government councils is not the issue, Nigeria should go back to the regional system of government where six regions should be the federating units," he said.
Musa said that each region should be left to create as many local government councils as they could cope with, based on the allocation from the Federation Accounts.
The power given to the states is being abused, and there are problems concerning the present composition of Nigeria.
"Let us return to the regional arrangement, where each region should be entitled to create as many states and local governments as it wants."