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LG funds: Supreme Court decides FG go well with towards govs at present

The Supreme Court will at present (Thursday) ship judgment within the go well with instituted by the Federal Government towards the 36 state governors of the federation on native authorities autonomy.

The go well with filed by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), is in search of full autonomy and direct fund allocation to the 774 native governments within the nation.

It is praying the apex courtroom to make an order that funds of LG being run by caretakers appointed by governors as a substitute elected chairmen and councillors must be withheld.

But the 36 states, represented by their attorneys normal, opposed the go well with on varied grounds, together with their rivalry that the Supreme Court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the go well with.

A seven-man panel of Supreme Court Justices led by Justice Garba Lawal, heard the go well with on June 13 and had reserved judgment.

While Fagbemi represented the Federal Government within the go well with marked SC/CV/343/2024, the state governors have been represented by their AGs or attorneys.

All the states opposed the go well with and prayed the Supreme Court to dismiss it.

The AGF on his half, requested the apex courtroom to grant all of the reliefs sought by the Federal Government and grant the native governments full autonomy because the third tier of presidency in Nigeria as stipulated within the 1999 structure.

The AGF prayed the courtroom to order direct allocation of funds from the federation account to the native governments.

He seeks an order prohibiting the illegal dissolution of native authorities administration and the state governors’ appointment of caretaker committees to run the councils.

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The go well with is hinged on 27 grounds that the Constitution of Nigeria recognises federal, state and native authorities as three tiers of presidency.

It additionally averred that the three recognised tiers of presidency draw funds for his or her operation and performing from the federation account created by the structure.

The originating summons learn, “That by the provisions of the structure, there should be a democratically elected native authorities system and that the structure has not made provisions for some other methods of governance on the native authorities degree apart from the democratically elected native authorities system.

“That within the face of the clear provisions of the structure, the governors have failed and refused to place in place a democratically elected native authorities system even the place no state of emergency has been declared to warrant the suspension of democratic establishments within the state.

“That the failure of the governors to place democratically elected native authorities system in place is a deliberate subversion of the 1999 Constitution which they and the President have sworn to uphold.

“That all efforts to make the governors comply with the dictates of the 1999 Constitution in terms of putting in place a democratically elected local government system has not yielded any result and that to continue to disburse funds from the federation account to governors for non-existing democratically elected local governments is to undermine the sanctity of the 1999 constitution.”

The AGF requested the apex courtroom to invoke sections 1, 4, 5, 7 and 14 of the Constitution to declare that the governors and state homes of meeting are beneath obligation to make sure democratically elected methods on the third tier.

Meanwhile, the National Union of Local Government Employees mentioned it might maintain a nationwide day of prayer and fasting in direction of victory for LG autonomy on the Supreme Court at present.

The National President of NULGE, Hakeem Ambali, made this identified in a textual content message despatched to considered one of our correspondents on Wednesday.

“NULGE declares tomorrow (today) a day of national prayer and fasting towards victory for local government autonomy at Supreme Court,” the message learn.

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