Seize funds of LGs run by caretakers, Reps tell RMAFC


The House of Representatives has urged the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission to create a special account to withhold allocations of Local Government Councils run by unelected officials or caretaker committees.

The resolution of the House followed a motion of urgent public importance sponsored by Jonathan Gbefwi (SDP, Nasarawa) and Ademorin Kuye (APC, Lagos) during the plenary session on Tuesday.

Making his argument in favour of the motion, Kuye stated that Section 7 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) guarantees the system of local government run by democratically-elected officials and provides that the state governments should ensure their existence.

According to him, the local government is the most important tier of government as “it is the closest to the people and forms the foundation of both the state and Federal Governments.”

Following the adoption of the motion, the House mandated its Committees on State and Local Government Affairs and Finance to work with RMAFC to withhold allocations to local governments run by unelected officials.

It also urged RMAFC to “create a special account into which allocations due to local governments run by unelected officials will be paid until elected representatives are put in place by such state governments.”

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