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LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by Omooba77: 12:41pm On Jun 11
The Kwara State Government has asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the suit filed by the Federal Government seeking full autonomy for the 774 Local Government (LG) Councils in the country.

In a legal process filed at the apex court, the state contended that granting the reliefs sought by the federal government, “will further impoverish most Nigerians who are downtrodden in the local government areas”


The Counter Affidavit to the Originating Summons of the federal government filed by the Kwara Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Senior Ibrahim-Sulyman, was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja.


The state AG asked the apex court to dismiss the Originating Summons of the federal government and the reliefs sought therein, in the interest of justice.


NAN recalled that the Federal Government instituted the legal action against the Attorney General of the 36 states, over alleged misconduct in the administration of local government Councils.

The suit filed by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), is seeking full autonomy for all local government councils in the country.

In the suit, the Federal Government specifically prayed the court to issue an order, prohibiting state governors from embarking on unilateral, arbitrary and unlawful dissolution of democratically elected local government leaders.

Fagbemi urged the court to grant an order for the withhold of the fund meant for the local governments in such states that unlawfully dissolve democratically elected local government officials and run them through illegal Transitional Implementation Committee.


He prayed the Supreme Court for an order to allow the monthly allocations of LGs to be directly paid to them from the Federation Account in line with the provisions of the Constitution as against the alleged unlawful joint accounts created by governors.

The Kwara AG, who is the 23rd defendant in the case, however, said the agitation of the plaintiff regarding joint account “is grossly misconceived and a contradiction to the provisions of Section 162 (6) and (cool of the Constitution.


The section, according to the AG provides that funds meant for the local governments “must be allocated to the state in a special statutory account and shall in turn be distributed to all the LGs in the state in such terms as may be prescribed by the state’s House of Assembly”

Ibrahim-Sulyman also argued that the misconception of the federal government should be nip in the bud because of an earlier decision of the apex court in a similar case, between Abia State and the Attorney General of the Federation.


He referred to the subsisting judgment of the court delivered by a former Supreme Court Justice, Late Justice Nikki Tobi, in the case, which held:

“The National Assembly cannot validly make a law permitting the direct allocation of funds to the local government Councils.

“Rather, such money must be allocated directly to the state, which shall in turn pay same into the state joint local government account vide section 162 (6) of the Constitution”.




Ibrahim-Sulyman argued that, going by the decision of the court, the federal government in the present case “is turning itself into performing the function of the legislature.


“The ideal thing is for the plaintiff to ensure that a Bill is sponsored for the amendment of the constitution or a new statute to that effect.

‘The plaintiff cannot use the back door of the judiciary to import into our law what is not legislated upon by the National Assembly,”
the AG said.

He added that contrary to the position of the plaintiff, there was no time Kwara state failed to disburse funds from the federation account meant for the local government.

“The allocation meant for the local governments in the state are released for the use of the local governments, monthly,” he said.


The Kwara AG also argued that the state was not in the habit of truncating democracy at the local government level as alleged by the federal government.


He said the earlier scheduled local government elections in the state could not hold due to protracted litigation on the tenure of the Kwara State Independent Electoral Commission.

Ibrahim-Sulyman said the state had rolled out the schedule for the elections to hold into various local government Councils on Sept. 21, 2024.

Besides, the Kwara AG, said, the federal government has no power, whatsoever, to refuse to release the funds meant for the local governments to the states.

Sulyman said payment of the LGs monthly allocations from the federation account to the state is a mandatory statutory provision.


He cited a case between Lagos State Attorney General vs AGF, filed when Tinubu was Lagos state governor and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, withheld the allocation meant for the state for creating additional 37 Local Council Development Areas.

The apex court decision in the case, according to the AG is: “the President has no power vested in him to suspend or withhold for any period, whatsoever, the statutory allocations due to Lagos state pursuant to the provisions of Section 162 (5) of the 1999 Constitution.
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The AG, therefore urged the apex court to hold that the federal government has no constitutional power to stop, redirect or withhold the statutory allocations meant for the local government councils in Kwara.

https://www.vanguardngr.com/2024/06/lgs-full-autonomy-will-further-improverish-downtrodden-kwara-govt/

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by MadeInTokyo: 12:48pm On Jun 11
Very Foolish and greedy Governor

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by helinues: 12:54pm On Jun 11
See talk

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by Racoon(m): 12:55pm On Jun 11
Has the state governors suppression and oppression of the LGAs ever helped the downtrodden before? Very wicked and satanic group of power-drunken tyrants. The earlier this contraption of a country is restructured the better for its survival. The state where the loyalty of LGA chairmen are all aligned to the seating governors or government can not continue.

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by slivertongue: 2:40pm On Jun 11
NIGERIANS governors are indeed a liability

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by Anihi55: 2:42pm On Jun 11
Better
Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by DMerciful(m): 2:42pm On Jun 11
Let's restructure to fiscal federalism with as low as local government area resource control. Bottom up approach so that each local government area funds itself, each state also funds itself.

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by tommy589(m): 2:43pm On Jun 11
Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by AmericanIdiot(m): 2:43pm On Jun 11
This is the most useless state in all of west Africa
Nothing good comes out of Kwara state no development in over 59 years❗️❗️❗️❗️

God will continue to punish that useless governor (who is in Paris for holiday btw )

Make them just shut down kwara

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by Ekaette1621990: 2:43pm On Jun 11
Story for the gods.

Nigerians needs change of Leadership not this gibberish.


Anyway I laugh in Swahili 😂😂😂😂

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by Eteka1(m): 2:43pm On Jun 11
Nigerian Governors and excessive greed. Let every LGA utilize their funds to develop themselves.

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by raskymonojendor: 2:44pm On Jun 11
Baba want to dey chop LG money alone.

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by chiefolododo(m): 2:44pm On Jun 11
The local government is not the state government. If the state governors insist on loca government joint account, the federal government should also create and run a joint account with the states.

The national assembly and the president have a lot to do in decimating the power the governors have in this country.Bunch of overfed, lazy people

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by rayvelez(m): 2:44pm On Jun 11
Lol lawlessness shithole.
Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by raskymonojendor: 2:44pm On Jun 11
Racoon:
Has the state governors suppression and oppression of the LGAs ever helped the downtrodden before? Very wicked and satanic group of power-drunken tyrants. The earlier this contraption of a country is restructured the better for its survival. The state where the loyalty of LGA chairmen are all aligned to the seating governors or government can not continue.
Remember that your god and messiah, Peter Obi, did not conduct LG elections for 8 years in Anambra state. He is another greedy man like this Kwara state governor.

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by iLoveYouToo(m): 2:46pm On Jun 11
The governorship seat should be abolished

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by Eriokanmi: 2:46pm On Jun 11
Its a lie. Kwara needs this autonomy more than any other state. It's a poverty-stricken state. My experience in kwara when schooling in those days is still fresh in my memories. I remember the bęskę onigun męrin, which the poorest of the poor amongst them used to make their soup and call meat.

With the full LG autonomy, the state governors wouldn't need to pilfer or touch their allocation anymore and they'd be able to do much more to their people at the LG level. Only in Nigeria will LG be controlled by state. The word Local Government says it all. We have the federal government, state government and the local government that are supposed to be independent of one another in governance but the state will still be controlling both the state government and the Local government. Some states don't even hold LG elections. Our politicians are evil.

Politics in Nigeria is business rather than service. Shame on this governor for saying this. I expect more of such stiff opposition to come from those businessmen called governors.

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by muykem: 2:47pm On Jun 11
They are shouting restructuring, resources control but cannot stand LGA autonomy.

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by AntiChristian: 2:47pm On Jun 11
Make una no do nonsense! Follow protocol! If na bill make una amend am! Give local government full autonomy! Create state and local government police or security officers!

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by Macdeey: 2:47pm On Jun 11
cool Thunder ⚡⚡⚡ Fire 🔥🔥🔥 you there ! Edddiioot Armed Robber

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by AbuTwins: 2:47pm On Jun 11
How is that possible?
Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by Honestey: 2:48pm On Jun 11
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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by StreetFight: 2:49pm On Jun 11
Oloriburuku Oloshi somebody. Na Ogun go kee your Mama.

If the owner of morning say make he better for you, the owner of night no go gree, he go say make your life destroy completely.

If I tell you that Kwara State has the most dangerous animals in human skin, you will not believe. If you look at the submission of the Kwara AG, you will see that FG cannot win that case.

The first lawyer from Northern Nigeria is the father of the current governor of Kwara

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by Charly68: 2:50pm On Jun 11
Can you imagine this nonsense talk

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by iwaeda: 2:50pm On Jun 11
Omooba77:


https://www.vanguardngr.com/2024/06/lgs-full-autonomy-will-further-improverish-downtrodden-kwara-govt/

May my state not become ungoverned, downtrodden and poor. Lola kunfayakun grin grin grin grin grin

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by Ulogwe1: 2:51pm On Jun 11
Thief

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by ZACHIE: 2:51pm On Jun 11
Too much hantu in the brain

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by Barrylord4040: 2:52pm On Jun 11
Oya bitter obi ppl,start mourning

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Re: LGs Full Autonomy Will Further Improverish Downtrodden – Kwara Government by Justdare: 2:53pm On Jun 11

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