Local Government Should Be Given Fiscal Autonomy – Ahmed

Channels Television  
Updated July 29, 2013

The chairman, All Progressive Youth Forum, Ismaeel Ahmed, has said that the local governments should be given the fiscal autonomy by the state government since the federal government is the main source of finance.

Speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr. Ahmed explained that the local government is recognised by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and is supposed to be run by elected officials and not supposed to be at wheels of the state government to do as they please.

Comparing the local and state government he said unlike the former, the state government cannot be administratively run by persons appointed by the president unless there is state of emergency in case of insecurity, “if the federal government cannot do that to the state why should the state do that to the local government’’.

He added that the State House of Assembly is responsible for creating the local government and there is a constitution that recognises 774 local governments.  This, he said, allows the National Assembly to allocate certain amount of funds from the federal government.