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Apex Court Ruling on LG Autonomy: Follow TheMoney Urges State Governments To Comply, Describes Verdict as Welcome Development

by Felicia Awoyemi
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Follow TheMoney, an initiative of Connected Development (CODE), has reacted to the landmark ruling by the Supreme Court, which declared as unconstitutional for state governors to hold funds allocated for local government administrations.

 

Recall that earlier on Thursday, the Apex Court delivered the judgement through Justice Emmanuel Agim and supported by a seven-man panel.

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According to a statement by Amb. Hamzat Lawal, Founder of Follow TheMoney, the judgement is a significant step towards ensuring financial autonomy and strengthening democratic governance at the third tier of government in Nigeria.

 

The statement further states that “The Supreme Court’s decision affirms that the 774 local government councils in the country should manage their funds independently. This ruling is pivotal in reinforcing the autonomy of local governments, which form the third tier of government alongside the federal and state governments. By guaranteeing financial independence, local governments will be better equipped to address the needs of their communities, improve service delivery, and promote grassroots development.”

 

“Furthermore, the court’s declaration that state governments have no authority to elect caretaker committees underscores the importance of democratic processes. A local government council is only recognizable with a democratically elected government, ensuring that the voices of the people are heard and respected.

 

“FollowTheMoney has consistently advocated for transparency, accountability, and the efficient use of public funds. We believe that the Supreme Court’s ruling will contribute to these goals by preventing the diversion of local government funds and promoting responsible governance.

 

“We urge all state governments to comply with this ruling and ensure that local governments receive their allocated funds directly. It is crucial for the development of our communities and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria.

 

“As we celebrate this victory for democracy and local governance, Follow TheMoney remains committed to monitoring the allocation and utilization of public funds to ensure that they serve the best interests of the people. We call on citizens, civil society organizations, and all stakeholders to join us in this effort to hold our leaders accountable and foster a culture of transparency and good governance.

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