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Kogi Assembly passes local government autonomy bill

Local Government Autonomy has been enacted into law by the Kogi State Assembly.

The measure was passed at Wednesday’s plenary session following consideration to amend the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, to eliminate the Joint Account of the State and Local Governments.

The measure also intends to establish separate accounts for local governments, which will receive their allocations from the account of the federation.

In their varied contributions, the legislators unanimously endorsed the bill, praising it as timely.

The Deputy Speaker, Alhaji Alfa Rabiu who presided over Wednesday’s sitting noted that the bill which will enhance democracy, will also provide financial independence at the Local Government level.

The member representing Olamaboro Constituency, Anthony Ujah, explained that the bill is long overdue, saying it will reduce financial pressure on the State Governments.

While the member representing Adavi, Ibrahim Usman, stated that the bill will enhance development at the grassroots.

His Lokoja I counterpart, Umar Tenimu noted that Local Governments have not been able to meet their responsibilities due to the Joint Account.

In a swift reaction, the President, Kogi State Chapter, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, Tade Adeyemi, applauded the State Assembly for the passage of the bill saying the passage would ensure security and development on the council areas.

He urged other State Assemblies to ensure the passage of the bill so as to get the required two third majority at the National Assembly.

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