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RMAFC Backs Federal Government On Local Government Autonomy

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The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has thrown its weight behind the clamour for full autonomy for Local Government Councils (LGCs) across Nigeria.

The commission also pledged support for the Federal Government’s efforts to emancipate LGCs from the stronghold of State Governments through legal avenues, aligning with constitutional provisions.

Speaking on behalf of the RMAFC on Wednesday, Chairman Mohammed Bello Shehu emphasized the pivotal role of LGCs as the third tier of government, underscoring their significance in local governance.

 “LGCs should operate independently of State and Federal governments, as they are established to ensure effective grassroots governance,” he stated in a press release.

Shehu lamented the pervasive dominance of State governments over LGCs, which he argues, undermines their political, administrative, and fiscal autonomy, consequently impeding quality service delivery.

“Political control over LGCs has eroded the people’s ability to choose their local leaders, denying them a fundamental democratic right,” he added.

The commission posited that granting full autonomy to LGCs would mitigate poverty, curb rural-urban migration, and foster improved governance.

 Shehu highlighted the potential of autonomy to enhance agricultural productivity, generate income, and ameliorate living conditions in rural areas, ultimately contributing to national development.

Furthermore, Shehu emphasized the pivotal role of LGCs in addressing the nation’s security challenges, stating, “Full autonomy for LGCs would empower local administrations to address security threats effectively, as they are better positioned to understand and respond to local dynamics.

The call for autonomy extends to financial independence, enabling LGCs to manage finances, impose local taxation, and determine budget allocations without external interference.

Shehu reiterated the constitutional mandate for democratically elected local governance systems, emphasizing the need for bureaucratic autonomy. Urging stakeholders to prioritize local governance reforms for sustainable development and effective service delivery at the grassroots level.

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