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Ebonyi Council Chairmen Reject Local Govt Autonomy

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Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi

The Thirteen Local Government Chairmen and ward Councilors in Ebonyi State has unanimously rejected the position of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU on Local Government Finances.

The rejection was contained in a 10 point resolution endorsed by the Chairmen and other similar resolutions signed by the Legislative leaders of the local government which has been presented to the state House of Assembly for affirmation.

The resolution which was presented at the plenary also saw the members deliberating on a memo written to the speaker by the clerk in the National Assembly, Mr. Sani Omolori and unanimously opposed the position of the Senate on the Nigerian financial intelligence unit and local government finances.

The Council Chairman who appeared before the State House of Assembly legislators alongside their ward councilors to affirm their position having signed a ten-point resolution against the position of Nigerian Financial Intelligence unit on Local Government Finances said their decision was to promote good governance at the grassroots level.

The Local government administrators stated that their position would also restore efficient administration at the local government areas.

The grassroot leaders maintained that a central e-salary payment platform for monthly payment of salaries and pension of Local Government Staff as first line charges should be upheld affirming that the joint state and local government projects should be maintained in accordance with the Ebonyi State and Local Government joint project and related matters amendment law NO 007 of 2015.

Other contents of the resolution were local government contribution for the funding of Ebonyi State University and funding of the Sixty-four Development Centers of the State among others.

Meanwhile, the letter from the clerk to the National Assembly which among other things urged the State Assemblies to consider the constitutional amendment regarding the local government autonomy bill seek to get the approval of the House as it did not provide for the smooth running of the local government.

 

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