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RMAFC backs full autonomy for local governments

The Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has backed the full autonomy of local government councils and commended the federal government’s ongoing efforts to…

The Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has backed the full autonomy of local government councils and commended the federal government’s ongoing efforts to free the third tier of government from the control of state governments.

RMAFC chairman, Mohammed Bello Shehu, in a statement Wednesday noted that the local government councils were established to ensure effective governance at the grassroots.

He, however, said the state governments’ dominance over the affairs of local government councils weakens their political, administrative and fiscal independence, hence their inability to provide quality service delivery in the area of infrastructure and social services to the grassroots as provided for in the Constitution.

Shehu said giving full autonomy to LGCs would reduce the rate of poverty and rural-urban migration, and bring more dividends of democracy to the people.

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“Local government autonomy will also attract more qualified candidates for council elections which will improve the governance system at all levels in the long run,” he added.

 

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