Ebonyi council chairmen reject local govt autonomy

Ebonyi council chairmen reject local govt autonomy

- The local government chairmen and ward councilors in Ebonyi have presented a 10-point resolution to the state Assembly

- The chairmen rejected NFIU's directive on local government finances

- The grassroots leaders called for the funding of the Ebonyi State University and the 64 development centres of the state

The 13 local government chairmen and ward councilors in Ebonyi state have rejected the position of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) on local government finances.

The rejection by the chairmen was contained in a 10-point resolution signed by the legislative leaders of the local government and has been presented to the state House of Assembly for confirmation, Leadership reports.

The chairmen who appeared at the House during its plenary session said their position is to engender efficient administration the grassroot areas.

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The local leaders said that the central payment of salaries and pensions must be maintained and that jointed state and local government project as stipulated in the amendment law No 007 of 2015 should also be upheld.

Other things in the 10-point resolution include the funding of the Ebonyi State University and the 64 development centres of the state.

The NFIU had released new guidelines which stated that joint account system in place in most states will only exist for the receipt of allocations but not disbursement.

A top source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The NFIU will on Monday launch new financial guidelines, including those bordering on the operations of the local government accounts. The guidelines will limit cash transactions in the accounts of local governments and promote registered transactions by all the local governments. Governors will also lack control over the utilization of these funds of local governments."

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Legit.ng had reported that a group, Connected Development (CODE) commended the new policy by the NFIU that seeks to grant local government areas financial autonomy and address gross misappropriation, corruption, money laundering, and security threats at the grassroots level.

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