The Senate passes the bills to grant full financial and administrative autonomy to local governments.
The bill seeks to amend the Constitution to repeal the state joint local government account and provide for a special account where the payment of all allocations due to the local governments’ councils, from the federation account and state government, will be.
In the bill, each local government council is to create and maintain its own special account; the Local Government Allocation Account into which all the allocation payments will be.
The legislations also mandate each state to pay to local government councils in its area of jurisdiction such proportion of its internally generated revenue on such terms and in such manner as may be prescribed by the House of Assembly.
For administrative autonomy, the bill seeks to allow local governments to conduct their own elections.
The lawmakers also voted in favour of financial autonomy for State Houses of Assembly and judiciary.
During the voting process, the Senate witnessed over 73 votes – the threshold required for such bills to pass.
Voting on all 68 proposed amendments to the Constitution is underway. The lawmakers are voting electronically.
Senate Passes Bill To Grant Local Government Financial and Administrative Autonomy.
By Taiyelolu A