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Don canvasses scrapping of joint accounts in local councils


Ahmadu-Bello-UniversityGombe to hold LG polls in February
To guarantee autonomy in the 774 local council areas, the Deputy Dean, Students Affairs at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Bashir Jumare, has urged the Federal Government to scrap the joint accounting system.

He said the denial of financial autonomy for the third tier of government, under Section 162(6) of the 1999 Constitution, had hindered the rapid socio-economic development at the grassroots level.

Jumare spoke yesterday in Maiduguri at a workshop organised by the Bornu State Local Government Service Commission (BOLGSC).His said: “Unlike in the United States of America, Switzerland, Australia, Germany and other developed countries where local government have huge responsibilities and resources, the situation is different in the country.

“In Borno, which has the highest level of poverty caused by the emergence of Boko Haram sect, local council areas are unable to meet their financial obligations to the primary school teachers.”He condemned the situation where state governors control the finances meant for the councils under them.

Meanwhile, the Gombe State Independent Electoral Commission has given a 90-day notice to interested political parties to participate in the local council election, scheduled to hold in February 2017.The Chairman of the Commission, Mr. Caleb Maina, disclosed this yesterday at a meeting with stakeholders and political parties in the state.

He urged the political parties to conduct their primaries within the timeframe, adding that “the leadership of the all political parties that intend to contest the election must ensure that they embrace peace during the campaigns.

Also, the state Chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Saleh Lawan, urged the political parties to abide by the rules as they prepare for the poll.He also urged the media to enlighten the public on the importance of local council election.

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