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Ex-lawmaker faults autonomy for councils
Source: National Mirror ekiti.com News Section:  Ekiti Date: Thursday, September 01, 2011

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ABIODUN NEJO

image L-R: Chief of Staff to Oyo State Governor, Mr. Adeolu Akande; Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi and Chairman, Ibadan South-West Local Government Area, Alhaji Taoreed Adeleke, during the inspection of areas ravaged

Former Majority Leader of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon. Muyiwa Abegunde, has said that the proposed plan to take local governments out of the control of states will further aid corruption and enhance poor performances at the grassroots.

Abegunde, who said, “The local government chairmen needed serious guidance and supervision,” explained that granting councils’ political and financial independence without proper control from state governments would promote embezzlement and misappropriation of funds. The former lawmaker, who is the present caretaker committee Chairman of Emure Local Government, told journalists in Emure Ekiti that the supervisory roles played by the state governments should be credited for the developments recorded in various councils across the country.

He said the proposed abrogation of the Joint Accounts Allocation Committee (JAAC) between the state and councils would do the country no good, saying the Federal Government should rather dissipate energy on judicious use of allocations to the councils than embarking on severing of ties between the two tiers of government. Abegunde said all is set for his administration to begin tarring the five kilometres roads which Governor Kayode Fayode insisted must be done in each of the 16 local government areas of the state within three months of the council bosses’ assumption of office. Such, he said might not happen if the councils were autonomous of the state government’s control. According to him, the road project, which will cost his administration about N200m, will be executed without recourse to bank or any loan or financial aid.

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