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NGO urges FG to halt allocation to states with LG transition committees



A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Matagu Foundation has called on the Federal Government to withhold allocation due local government being managed by transition committees across the country.

Chief Ekene Enefe, Executive Director of the Foundation, who made the call in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Awka on Wednesday, said such transition committees should be declared illegal.

Enefe said his NGO was currently seeking the nod of the court to illegalise such undemocratic practices because of its negative impact on grassroots development.

According to him, Matagu is in court to seek order that no money should be allocated to any local government where council elections have not been conducted.

He said beyond declaring the transition committees illegal, the Federal Government should go further by demanding that full account be rendered on all funds received by the local government under the transition committee arrangement.

“We have always been proponents of election at the local government councils, the transition committee is an aberration as it does not allow monies for these local governments to be effectively used in the development of these areas,” he said.

The executive director blamed non conduct of council polls in the South East states for some years now to slow pace of development in the zone.

He said governors of the zone were using the council system as cash cows by making the appointed transition committee chairmen to sign money they did not spend.

Enefe said the NGO would ensure that the all the allocations received by the states were accounted for.

“Allowing transition committee to manage these councils creates room for corruption and is responsible for the slow pace of development we are recording at that level.


Edited by: Francis Onyeukwu/Maureen Atuonwu

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