9 OUT OF 13 LGS CANNOT PAY SALARIES IN NASARAWA SAYS GOVERNOR SULE, SEE WHY

Engineer Abdullahi Alhaji Sule, Nasarawa state governor. Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has disclosed that 9 out of the 13 local government councils in the state cannot pay salaries on time due to financial shortfall in revenue. He made the statement in Maraba-Gongon, Wamba Local Government area at the commissioning of 50-year-old Maraba- Gongon primary school, which has been upgraded to a model one, at the cost of N19 million. He disclosed that: “9 out of the 13 Local Governments cannot pay salaries in time due to financial instability…

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GOVERNORS MEET IN ABUJA OVER DEDUCTIONS FROM LG ACCOUNTS

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja Nigerian governors under the auspices of the Nigeria Governors Forum met in Abuja on Wednesday night to deliberate on the remittance of statutory fund from Federation Account direct to the 774 councils based on the orders of Nigeria Financial Intelligent Unit. The governors were said to be angry that despite their protest to President Muhammadu Buhari, allocations were sent directly to the local government areas last week by the Federal Government. Though the matter is already in court, a source at the meeting, told journalists that the governors…

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WE ARE NOT YET RECEIVING ALLOCATIONS DIRECTLY FROM FG, ALGON CHAIRMAN REVEALS

Mr. Aminu Maifata, Nasarawa State Chairman of Association of Local Governments of Nigeria has dispelled rumours that local councils had received direct funding from the Federation Account. Maifata who is also the Chairman of Lafia Local Government Area told journalists on Tuesday in Lafia that it was untrue that the 13 LGAs in the state had already received June allocation directly from the federation account. “Though there was a directive by the Nigerian Financial Unit that from June 2019, there would be a new financial regime at the LGAs, no…

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PANIC IN RIVERS AS WIKE INVESTIGATES RIVERS LOCAL GOVTS SPENDING, AUDIT THEIR BOOKS

Governor Wike Panic has gripped the 23 Local Government Council Chairmen ahead of the June 1, 2019 implementation of the financial autonomy councils, just the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has approved the setting up of a Committee to investigate and audit the financial transactions of the councils from May 2018 to May 2019. According to a press statement signed by Simeon Nwakaudu, the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, the Membership of the Committee were: Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo (Chairman), Dr Zaccheus Adango, Barrister Isaac Kamalu,…

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AMOSUN’S GOVT FAILED TO DISBURSE LOCAL GOVT ALLOCATIONS FOR THREE YEARS

Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun For almost 31 months since they came into office, political office holders in the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) of Ogun State have not received any allocation from the state government, according to The Guardian findings. Investigations show that the non-disbursement of the monthly allocation preceded the election of the council officials as the state government had stopped the disbursement since July 2015. This was confirmed to The Guardian by the Chairman of Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government, Bashiru Oladele Adeniji,…

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OLISA AGBAKOBA SUES FINANCE MINISTER OVER LG ALLOCATION

Dr Olisa Agbakoba By Akin Kuponiyi Human Rights lawyer Dr Olisa Agbakoba has filed a Suit at the Federal High Court, Lagos south-west Nigeria to stop allocation of public funds to unelected and unaccountable Local Government Councils, running into Trillions of Naira. According to Dr Agbakoba, the basis of the Case is that Section 7(1) of the 1999 Constitution guarantees a system of democratically elected Government Councils. But Local Government Councils in Nigeria are never elected and are unconstitutional. Therefore allocation of public funds to them is a violation of…

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COURT UPHOLDS AUTONOMY OF LOCAL GOVERNMENTS

  A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has declared that Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the country can exercise the functions accorded them under the constitution without National Assembly enactment. Justice Charles  Agbaza said the fact that the National Assembly was yet to enact a law to spell out the functions of the area councils as provided under Section 7(5) of the Constitution, does not divest them of their functions. The pronouncement followed a suit by an Abuja-based lawyer, Ogwu, James Onoja, challenging the move by the…

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HOW STATE GOVERNORS POCKETED 15.5TRILLION LOCAL GOVERNMENT ALLOCATION FOR 12 YEARS, SEE BREAKDOWN

Nigeria’s 36 states and the federal capital territory, Abuja, have pocketed or diverted over N15 trillion federal allocation meant for local governments areas in the last 12 years, depriving the nation’s third tier of government funds for desperately needed developmental projects, data analysed by Dataphyte has shown. Although that amount was allocated to the 774 local government areas in the country, there is no public information on what portion each local government received. Local governments are a fundamental part of Nigeria’s political system, and should be closest to the people than the…

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IMO ASSEMBLY SUSPENDS ALL 27 LOCAL CHAIRMEN IN THE STATE, SEE WHY

Imo State House of Assembly on Thursday suspended the Council Chairmen of the 27 local government councils of the state over their failure to appear before it. The Assembly made the resolution to this effect following a motion moved by the member representing Nkwerre state constituency, Hon. Chika Madumere (AGAP) when the council chairmen failed to honour the summons issued to them on April 25, 2019. The Chairmen had been directed to appear before the House with their Directors of Administration and General Services (DAGS) and Treasurers over allegations of…

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LOCAL GOVTS CANNOT WITHDRAW MORE THAN 500K DAILY AS FROM JUNE 1 -NFIU

Adelani Adepegba and Oladimeji Ramon The Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit has vowed sanctions for any commercial bank which allowed transactions from any local government account without monies first reaching the LG account. In addition, the agency said no cash withdrawal exceeding N500,000 per day could be made from any local government account with effect from June 1,2019, noting that any other transaction must be done through valid cheques or electronic funds transfer. The NFIU in an emailed statement by its acting Chief Media Analyst, Ahmed Dikko, on Monday, directed all…

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