Ekwunife who spoke whereas reacting to the brand new Nigerian Monetary Intelligence Unit (NFIU) tips designed to amongst different issues guarantee monetary independence for native authorities councils, described the brand new guideline as a welcome growth.
She harassed that past monetary autonomy, native authorities councils equally deserve political autonomy which might in actual phrases make sure that elected officers have been put accountable for native governments and have been held accountable for funds that accrue to the councils.
She mentioned, “As a member of Home of Representatives, I pursued the modification of Sections 7 and 162 of the 1999 structure to ensure political and monetary independence for native authorities administration, the Invoice was additionally within the pipeline within the Senate earlier than I left the Crimson Chambers in 2015.
“The native authorities is a crucial arm of presidency – the closest to the folks, and therefore shouldn’t be subsumed by the State authorities as we’ve got immediately in most states. They’re very near the normal rulers and President-Generals of communities and if empowered, the communities can simply maintain them accountable for their wants, an end result that may drive governance all the way down to the grassroots.
“With a vibrant and unbiased native authorities administration, provision of primary infrastructures similar to: building of rural roads, provision of pipe borne water, constructing of faculties and markets will be undertaken by native authorities administration in communities inside councils’ jurisdiction, which is able to drive competitors at that degree of presidency.”
Commending the brand new NFIU guideline as a step in the precise path, Ekwunife harassed the necessity for all arms of presidency, notably the legislature to provide you with the wanted laws that might assure the observe of native authorities autonomy as supposed by the structure.