House of Reps: Local Govt Autonomy Bill Passes Second Reading
Nigeria’s House of Representatives on Thursday passed the local government autonomy bill through second reading.
For the records, the bill, which seeks to amend the 1999 constitution, was passed through second reading by the House.
The bill was passed by the National assembly in the 8th assembly; however, the States Houses of Assembly rejected the bill.
According to Daily Post, it has now been sponsored again by Munir Soro and it was referred to the committee on constitution chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Idris Wase.
Taking the lead debate on the bill, Soro said that the FG through Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) has empowered local government with over N7trillion in statutory allocations between 2015 to 2019.
He said regrettably, despite this surprising amount many communities in Nigeria are without water, many communities are without government ties.”
He also blamed the collapse of the local government for Boko Haram, Kidnapping and banditry.
On his part, the Deputy Speaker, Wase who presided over plenary said that one single brush should not be used against all governors. That not “all governors withdraw allocation of local governments.”