Linus Aleke, Abuja:
The National President, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) and the Executive Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Hon. Micah Jiba has called on governors across the country to emulate Kaduna state governor who on assumption of office scrapped the joint account system with local government so as to give them uninhibited access to their federal allocation.
He also emphasized the urgent need for financial autonomy of local government to enable them carry out meaningful projects at the grass root level where majority of Nigerians are believed to reside.
Jiba made this call while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after a town hall meeting organized by AMAC to collate the input and advises of electorates within the 12 wards and also give account of the incumbent administration’s stewardship.
According to him, “We applaud the decision by Kaduna state government to abolish the joint account system. We are encouraging the Kaduna state governor to sustain the decision while we also appeal to other governors across the country to emulate and learn from Kaduna state example. The only time Chairmen of local government areas across the country will live up to their responsibilities of providing basic amenities to people at the grass roots level is when their federal allocation gets to them directly from federation account.”
On her part, the Head of Information and Public Relations in AMAC, Mrs. Patience Olaloye noted that Jiba initiated and completed myriads of projects across the twelve wards of the councils in fulfillment of his campaign promises.