Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State has said governors would continue to control local governments funds until Section 7 of the Nigeria constitution is expunged.
He said this on Thursday while signing the N166.985bn 2023 state’s budget into law at the Government House Chambers in Birnin Kebbi.
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The governor said the call for local governments autonomy was very “fundamental but conflicting” because section 7 of Nigeria constitution must be amended before they could be granted autonomy.
He said for local government autonomy to sail through, all state assemblies must be in agreement for the National Assembly to amend section 7 of the constitution.
Bagudu said his administration was not against local government autonomy as being insinuated in some quarters.