LG boss calls for financial autonomy

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Mada says Local Governments revenue should be given to them directlyArticle | July 23, 2012 – 3:02pm | By Yinka Ojo

The Chairman of Gusau Local Government in Zamfara State, Mohammed Mada, has joined the call for a separation of Local Governments’ revenue from the states’ accounts.

Mada, who made this call during an interview with Daily Times, acknowledged that though his Local Government is not having any issue with the state government, “it will be preferable to have your money coming directly to you. With that, you can know what you are expecting and plan accordingly, as an autonomous tier of government.”

As the review of the 1999 constitution gets underway, there have been several calls for the autonomy of the local government, with the Presidential Committee on the Review of Outstanding Constitutional Issues recommending that “the system of local government as a tier of government should be guaranteed, and its financial autonomy ensured, without prejudice to the creation and supervision of the state governments.”

On infrastructural development, Mada said his government’s focus will be on the rural areas in the local government.

“The state government is focusing on roads in the city, so our focus will be on the rural areas. We want to open them up to enhance business activities in the local government,” he said.

The local government boss said he is still understudying the structure of the local government so as to reorganise it for optimum performance. He, however, reassured the people of an open door policy.

Mada, who was recently elected into office under the umbrella of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), vowed that it was not going to be business as usual in the Local Government, even as he promised to fight indolence and ghost workers.

Yinka Ojo

Yinka has taught at various levels of education. He has published a textbook on effective teaching practice and several academic papers in reputable journals. He is currently an education consultant. He loves writing, poetry, music and is presently working on a musical album billed to be released into the market soon. 

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