ALGON Condemns Confab Proposal To Scrap Councils

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 30th, 2014

The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Friday condemned the recommendation of the National Conference to scrap the third tier of government from the constitution.

ALGON national chairman, Mr. Ozo Nwabueze Okafor, told reporters at the end of the national executive committee in Abuja that the conference should have rather suggested ways to strengthen the councils to among others guarantee their independence and tenure of office.

“We saw some members arguing that the local government as a tier of government should be scrapped because most of the governors were mismanaging the funds meant for them. We also saw some other members rather calling for the strengthening of the councils. We all know the councils are the closest to the people. We all need to collectively fight to ensure that the illegal deductions are stopped and that the tenure of office of four years currently enjoyed at the federal and state levels is also enshrined in the constitution for the councils,” Okafor said.

He commended the Supreme Court for ruling that the state governments lack constitutional powers to dissolve elected council officials and that those states that illegally dissolved the elected officials should reinstate them.

Okafor urged some of the states where the Supreme Court orders have not been obeyed to adopt legal means to enforce their rights of reinstatement as ruled by the apex court.

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