By Agboje Chuks
A popular English adage says that charity begins at home, which implies that whatever character one displays, it must have been developed from his or her home before any public show or display.
The local government council is a perfect example of the charity begins at home slogan, where the people at the grassroots feels the first hand impact of the government.
Yes, it is the third tier of government making it the government of the grassroots, justifying the postulation that whatever capacity any politician has, it must have been developed from homegrown.
There are several cases where politicians lost the grip of their local government leadership, which includes their wards, and units, having corresponding effects in their political lives, as well as leaving them with political injuries.
The case of Comrade Adams Oshiomohle of Edo State is a good example of this little capsule, where a national chairman of a ruling party lost his position because he lost grip of his political party leadership at the grassroots level.
That shows how important the local government council politics can be, because, when you lose such influence in your grassroots followership, you may not enjoy the privilege of full membership of your party at the state or national level.
It also goes to show that though it may seem local, but very important, because home politics is very vital in the race of political life of any man
Therefore, the way you galvanize the apparatus of your local government politics, is a pointer on how far you can go in the race of your political life
Consequently, this capsule of my little article is to awaken our senses to know the relevance of local politics, and how it can leave a lasting impression on the grassroots, as well as determining the growth of the local government.
The council election is getting closer with different persons indicating interest in various cadres of grassroots leadership.
Hence, it’s pertinent we peruse the capacity profile of those who have indicated interest to contest the most relevant position in the council.
Therefore, one should be concerned over who chairs the council, his administrative and managerial capacity, using an acceptable and well furnished index to make a sound preference of the aspirant
NOW, THE GOOD QUESTION IS WHO ARE THOSE INDICATING INTEREST AND WHAT ARE THEIR CAPACITIES???
The next article will deal on it.