Buhari backs constitutional amendment to remove LGs from stranglehold of States

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President Muhammadu Buhari says his administration will support a constitutional amendment to free local governments from the stranglehold of state governments.

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Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said in a statement that Buhari made his position known when he received the leadership of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.

Shehu stated that the President told the ALGON leadership that the amendment, when carried out, would better the lot of Nigerians at the community level.

Buhari stressed that a constitutional amendment was urgently required to clearly define the relationship among the three tiers of government.

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He described the frosty relationship between states and local governments as “very serious constitutional problem.

“The relationship between the three tiers of government is not a very nice one, especially that between the local governments and the states.

“The states feel like they own the local governments if they are of the same party.

“It is worse if they are not.

“This is a very serious constitutional problem and unless there is absolute clarity and transparency, the relationship will continue to be exploited against the interest of the ordinary people of the country.”

Buhari advised the ALGON executives to hold consultations with their people and lawyers with a view to presenting a bill that would seek constitutional amendment to free the councils from the stranglehold of the states.

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He said: “This will limit the damage they can do to you.

“The quicker you do this, the better, so that you can help your people much more.”

Buhari acknowledged the request by ALGON for the release of $3.2 billion wrongfully deducted by the Federal Government for the final settlement of foreign debts in 2005.

President Buhari said the government recognized the judgment debt, but the timing of the request for its repayment was wrong, given the current economic situation in the country.

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In his remarks, the acting ALGON National President, Alhaji Ibrahim Karaye, presented a six-point demand to the President, which included the repayment of the $3.2 billion debts.

Karaye stressed the need to ensure the sovereignty of local government administration in the country.

The ALGON leader expressed the Association’s full support to the President’s programmes on improving security, anti-corruption campaign and economic revival.

9 thoughts on “Buhari backs constitutional amendment to remove LGs from stranglehold of States

  1. Nice move Mr Dullard. But how about also supporting an amendment that will weaken the strangehold of the Executive on the Legislature and also reduce the powers of the Executive

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  2. If this happens, nobody Would want to run as a state governor anymore. Na local govt chairman and.councillor sure pass

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  3. This is a welcome development
    I always wonder why it has been all along difficult for successive governments in Nigeria to practice true federalism as it is done in the developed and civilised world that we are following in their footsteps
    The LG has no business operating under the control of the state government for any reason
    Experience has clearly shown that such archaic structural arrangment has denied the grassroots the required modern development
    The state governors behave like the Lord of manor and they selfishly spend government money like a personal possession
    Here in the UK the local councils are completely autonomous
    The council collects it's monetary allocation directly from the councellor for exchequer(minister of finance)
    Everyone must pay council tax into the coffers of the local council
    It manages all the primary and secondary schools,all the local GP surgeries,the shops etc
    The council is also responsible for local housing scheme (council houses) for low income earners,the poor and the less privileged
    The duties of the local council and that of the mayor is clearly defined and well separated
    It's like a parallel line
    Nigeria just needs to know exactly what it wants and ensure it goes for it

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  4. PEOPLE WEY DEM BORN YESTERDAY NO GO KNOW HOW FAR 9JA DON REACH, LOCAL GOVERNMENT USE TO COLLECT THEIR ALLOCATION DIRECTLY FROM ABUJA, IN THE KATE 80'S AND EARLY 90'S , UNTIL GOVERNMENT OF BABANGATA PUT THEM UNDER STATES GOVERNMENT DUE TO ISSUES OF ZERO ALLOCATION,THAT IS THEY WILL GO TO ABUJA TO COLLECT THEIR ALLOCATIONS AND COME BACK TO CLAIM THAT NO MONEY WAS RELEASE FOR THEM, AND STATES GOVERNMENT WERE BEING FORCED TO PAY LOCAL GOVERNMENT WORKERS INCLUDING PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS WHO USED TO BE PAID BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT, THE TRUTH IS THAT NIGERIANS ARE TOO GREEDY, WE LACK BASIC ETHICS WHEN IT COMES TO MONEY, THERE IS NOTHING STOPPING THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT FROM GETTING THEIR ALLOCATIONS DIRECTLY FROM TREASURY, BUT WHO IS GOING TO SUPERVISE THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT, THE TREASURY OFFICIALS THAT WOULD BE BRIBED AND FORGET THEIR FATHER NAME.

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