The senate and house of representatives have passed a bill seeking to grant financial autonomy to LGAs across the country.
Both chambers passed the bill with a sweeping majority.
The legislation is entitled: ‘Bill for an Act to Alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to Abrogate the State Joint Local Government Account and Provide for a Special Account into which shall be paid all Allocations due to Local Government Councils from the Federation Account and from the Government of the State; and for Related Matters’
In the same vein, both chambers of the national assembly passed a constitutional bill granting financial autonomy to the state legislatures and judiciaries.
It’s entitled ‘An Act to alter the Constitution of the Fed Rep.of Nigeria, 1999 to provide for the Financial Independence of State Houses of Assembly and State Judiciary; and for related matters.’
While the lower legislative chamber passed the bill with 286-1 votes, the upper legislative chamber passed it with 83-1 votes.
Both bills have made the cut to be sent to the state houses of assembly to vote on them.