Probe LG allocations, NULGE tells EFCC, ICPC
The Local Government Employees Union of Nigeria has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Commission to track local government allowances over the past seven years, noting that governors states continued to embezzle and embezzle council funds.
The union renewed its calls for the speedy passage of the Local Government Self-Government Bill, arguing that it would ensure the financial independence of the country’s 774 councils and also address the challenges of insecurity and unemployment.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday, NULGE Chairman Mr. Ambali Olatunji warned state governors against inciting and colluding with the legislature to prevent passage of the bill. law.
The NULGE boss lamented that only 10 states have passed the LG autonomy bill and further encouraged other states to pass it as soon as possible.
He accused some governors of holding secret meetings with state assembly presiding officers to prevent states from passing the LG autonomy bill as part of the ongoing constitutional amendment.
Olatunji said, “Governors are elected to govern the state as a whole. Local government chairs are elected to govern the local government. It’s painful when you see the amount allocated. Sometimes local governments receive up to 120 million naira, 90 million naira, 80 million naira from the federation account.
“Are you asking what happens to local government? Sometimes it can be N10m or N5m. Some do not even receive more than 2 million naira. Where is the money going? We call on the EFCC, ICPC and NFIU to track local government allocation over the past seven years and tell us what has been done with them.
Speaking further, Olatunji said full autonomy for local governments in Nigeria would help address the challenges of insecurity and unemployment, noting that both are local issues that could be addressed by the councils.
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