LG Autonomy: NULGE Faults State Governors Opposing NFIU Financial Regulations - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

LG Autonomy: NULGE Faults State Governors Opposing NFIU Financial Regulations

Comrade Ayuba Olatunji, NULGE President, Ogun State

Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA - The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has faulted some state governors opposing the new regulations restricting management of funds meant for Nigerian local governments.

The President, Ogun State chapter of the union, Comrade Ayuba Olatunji equally advised President Muhammadu Buhari to shun state governors sabotaging financial autonomy of the local government.

ENCOUNTER NEWS recalls that, the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) had in May, 2019 announced a ban on transactions on State/Local Governments joint Account and limiting cash withdrawal on local governments accounts to N500, 000 per day. 

The directive, which the agency said is part of new financial control regimes, was immediately opposed by Nigerian governors. 

But Comrade Ayuba while addressing journalists in Abeokuta on Monday, backed the new directive, describing antagonists of the directive as misinformed and self-centered. 

The NULGE President described NFIU action as positive way of ensuring probity, accountability and development at the local government level. 

He therefore, took a swipe at the immediate past governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for allegedly crippling local government activities in the state. 

He noted that, unlike Otunba Gbenga Daniel's administration in the state, former governor Amosun pickets the local governments in the state by denying them their monthly allocations and prevented them from generating revenue independently. 

"In the era of Otunba Gbenga Daniel, and before him, local governments were collecting money, infact during Otunba Gbenga Daniel's administration, there was this issue of JAAC, but the then government will invites the local governments, which is in the provision of creation and share accordingly, using all the parameters the Federal government has laid down for the sharing andof course.

"Each local government would be credited what was due to them and of course, their IGRs were not taken away from them, so local government have ample resources within them,  so apart from that, they are constructing schools, maintaining schools. That's why you see in the description of a primary school, OGD Team Project. These we have canvassed for from the immediate past government too, but unfortunately with all our hues and cries, we had no headway."

Ayuba therefore, urged Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State to keep his electoral promises to the people and revamp the local government system by introducing a strategic administrative principles that will energise and empower the local government.

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