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NULGE accuses S’West govs of hijacking council funds


Ayodele Fayose

Ayodele Fayose

State governors from the South West region of the country have been accused of hijacking federal allocations meant for local councils in the area.

The South West chapter of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) said the governors created Local Council Development Authorities (LCDA) to perpetrate these acts, which it said is inimical to the development of council areas.

While commending the Lagos State government for labour-friendly policies, Chairman of Oyo NULGE chapter and National Vice President of the union, Oludare Famoofo, who addressed the media during a press conference in Ibadan, said apart from the illegal creation of LCDAs, irregular payment of salaries of council workers and that of primary school teachers were identified as some of the challenges facing councils in the zone.

Famoofo added that councils are stifled in performing their statutory functions because the state governors had taken over their roles, especially the collection of revenues, which the union said was assigned to contractors.

He said: “The creation of LCDA under whatever guise is supposed to bring development closer to the people and increase participation in governance. However, in the current reality, when councils cannot mobilise resources to pay salaries, the decision to create more councils is unwise.

“All the states cannot emulate Lagos in term of LCDA creation because the state has the money to run it. Osun with poor financial balance created 34 LCDAs while Ogun and Osun states are planning to do it. Governor Ayodele Fayose stopped the idea after his predecessor, Kayode Fayemi, proposed it.

“NULGE demands that the statutory functions of councils as guaranteed by the constitution, which have been hijacked by the state governments should be returned to them. There should be
transparency and accountability in the operations of the State Joint Local Government Account.”

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