Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has moved against state governors collecting allocations on behalf of the Local Government Areas in their states.
No Allocation For Any Local Government Without Chairman - Deputy Senate President
Ekweremadu who doubles as the chairman of the Senate committee on Constitution amendment made this known on Thursday, December 8, 2016.
He made the recommendation while presenting the status report of the committee to the Senate saying the release of federal allocation to local governments in the country be hinged on the conduct of elections.
Ekweremadu further said Section 7 of the Constitution was amended to strengthen local government administration by providing uniform 3-year tenure for elected local government council officials.
“Local governments without a democratically elected council shall not be entitled to any revenue from the Federation Account. These amendments amongst others we believe will ensure effective service delivery and insulate local governments from undue and counter-productive interferences from state governments,” he said.
The committee also amended Sections 256, 299, 300, 301 and 302 of the Constitution to create the Office of an elected Mayor for the FCT with powers to administer the territory as if it were a State of the Federation by exercising all functions presently administered by the minister of the FCT.