by Opeoluwa Quadri
It is important that LGAs are given a considerable level of financial autonomy. The absence of this is perhaps responsible for lack of vibrancy at that level as well as citizens apathy.
The amendment of the constitution which has already been passed by the both houses of the National Assembly is aimed at separating the LGA account from the state government account. In other words, putting an end to the Joint account system operated and sanctioned by the 1999 constitution. If the bill passed, it means Local government will be operating a separate and independent account, and their allocation or whatever funds that accrue to them would be paid directly to such account.
Sections of the constitution to be altered
Section 162(6): Each state shall maintain a special account called “State Joint Local Government Account” into which shall be paid all allocations to the Local Government Councils of the State from the Federation Account and from the Government of the State”
The bill has been passed by both houses of the National Assembly
Requirements for the Amendment to take effect