Lawmaker faults FG’s proposed autonomy for LGs

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Jul 26th, 2014
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CHAIRMAN, Committee on Public Accounts (local) of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Dayo Fafunmi, has faulted a proposal by the federal government to grant autonomy to local governments.

The lawmaker, who represents Ifako-Ijaye 1 at the Lagos Assembly, stated this position during the weekly ‘Time out with the press’ organised by Assembly correspondents for lawmakers which took place at the Assembly complex.

He alleged that the objective of the federal government in coming up with the proposal is for it to assume direct control and power over the third tier of government, an ideam he argued, is an aberration all over the world.

“The local government is more like part of the state government and, of course, we all know it is the closest government to the people and must, therefore, work in tandem with the state government.

“What the FG wants by proposing the so-called autonomy is to have the power of direct control over the local government which will amount to over concentration of powers at the centre.”

According to him if autonomy is all about making more resources available to the local government, the federal government should increase the allocation to the states and local government joint account.

“If autonomy will amount to more resources, more money should be given to the states, while the FG can monitor allocation. But to hijack and control local government as the central government is planning pto do is wrong and no state government or state legislative house would accept that because it would mean that local government chairmen will constitute themselves as rivals with their  state governors and that is confusion,” Fafunmi argued.


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