… as Kogi NULGE President gives assembly thumbs up

In a bid to strengthen Governance at  the grassroots level, Kogi State House of Assembly has passed Local Government Autonomy after Abia State.

 

 

Kogi NULGE President, Trade Adeyemi.

 

This followed the consideration of the bill to alter the nineteen ninety nine constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended which seek to abolish Joint Account of the State and Local Governments.

The bill also seeks to create a different Accounts for Local Governments where they are expected to receive their allocation from the Federation Account.

The Lawmakers in their various contributions unanimously threw their support behind the bill, describing it as timely.

The Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Alfa Rabiu noted that the bill which will enhance democracy, will also provide financial independence at the Local Government level.

The member representing Olamaboro Constituency, Anthony Ujah explained that the the bill is long overdue, saying it will reduce financial pressure on the State Governments.

While the member representing Adavi, Ibrahim Usman stated that the bill
will enhance development at the grassroots, Lokoja one counterpart, Umar Tenimu noted that Local Government have not been able to meet their responsibilities due to the Joint Account.

Similarly, the House has passed a bill providing autonomy for State House of Assembly and Judiciary.

The lawmakers kicked against a bill to regulate the retirement age of Judicial Officers.

In a Swift reaction the president Kogi State chapter of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, comrade Tade Adeyemi, applauded the state assembly for the passage of the bill saying the passage would ensure security and development on the council areas.

He urged other state assemblies to ensure the passage of the bill so as to get the required two third majority at the national assembly.

 

 

 


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