Governors Have No Power Over LGA’s, Councillors – Dogara

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Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, has commended the supreme court for holding that sacking of elected local government chairmen and councillors are illegal.

In a statement issued by Turaki Hassan, his special adviser on media and public affairs, Dogara said governors ought not to appoint administrators.

He described the appointment of caretaker committees for local governments by governors as “executive recklessness”.

“State governors have a constitutional responsibility to act according to the dictates of the judgment, as Nigeria is a nation of laws and not of men,” he said.

“Already, clauses granting financial autonomy to both local councils and state houses of assembly are being considered by the national assembly in the ongoing constitution amendment.

“The proposals include denying federal allocation to local governments that do not have democratically elected council officials.

“In the interim, the federal ministry of finance should be guided by the supreme court’s decision which makes it illegal to release federation account funds to an unelected council.”

Recently, Dogara described the state/local government joint account as “evil’’ and urged state legislators to move against governors who refused to conduct council polls and hijack their funds.

Ayodele is a Senior Editor at Premier News, an embodiment of creativity and dynamism, witty with words and full of life.

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