LG workers react as FG begins direct allocation to councils
Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has commended the Federal Government for introducing financial guidelines for local government areas in the country through the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU). The Federal Government had ordered that federal allocations to LGAs be disbursed directly to their respective bank accounts starting from June 2019.
The union said it would ensure
According to him, the new guidelines serve as a mechanism that will safeguard, protect and allow for transparency in the local government joint account management. Joint account is a constitutional matter,” he said. He noted that the union would train and educate its members to look into activities of each local government so that there would not be any violation of the guidelines. It is said that anybody that violates this rule will be dealt with and if there are violations the union must cry out immediately,” Taiwo said. He, therefore, urged state governments operating caretaker committees as administrators to desist, saying such step was not a true representation of the people at the grassroots. Election at local government area is another issue that must be taken seriously by state governments. Setting up caretakers committees to man affairs of local council is another means of siphoning money because the committee members are not elected but chosen by governors whom they are accountable to. Therefore, all caretaker committees should be sacked,” he said. Taiwo also cautioned Ondo State Government to take review its plans of creating local council development areas, saying funds to sustain them might be a great challenge.