KADLGAM harps on Local Government Autonomy
By: Femi Mustapha
As the various House of Assembly sit this week to deliberate on the Local Government Autonomy Bill, Kaduna Local Government Accountability Mechanism (KADLGAM) has insisted on Local Government Autonomy
Mr. Yusuf Ishaku Goje of KADLGAM stated this at a two-day session to review the strategic plan and Work Plan Development for the group, facilitated by the Partnership to Engage, Reform, and Learn (PERL) of the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO).
He urged the member of the Kaduna state House of Assembly to pass the local government autonomy bills.
According to him, local government autonomy should be of paramount importance in the constitutional amendment.
“Some of the governors have become regional warlords. LG autonomy is not just about the welfare of the workers and the people, it’s about good governance in Nigeria,” he said.
“This became necessary given that 2/3 or 24 states’ support is required to successfully ratify the proposed amendment bills.”
“They want local government chairmen to be answerable to them, saying all stakeholders must work hard and ensure that the constitution amendment becomes a reality,” he said
Goje explained that to avert the pending social disaster, due to rising insecurity, unemployment, and poverty, which is on the verge of happening, there is the need to stimulate rural economies to enable inclusive development and growth through strengthening local government systems, by way of granting local governments financial and administrative autonomy.
He stressed that the amendment of the 1999 Constitution will make the local government a tier of government to create standard tenure for local government administrators;
abolish the use of Caretaker Committees and JAAC; create direct allocation;
“Make special provision for joint payment of teaching and non-teaching staff of the Universal Basic Education by the Federal, State, and Local governments
“The payments shall be a first-line charge on the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federal and State governments and in the case of a Local Government, its allocation from the Federal Account,” he said