Breaking News

Governors Who Refuse To Conduct Lga Elections Should Be Removed From Office ~ Dogara

Governors Who Refuse To Conduct Lga Elections Should Be Removed From Office ~ Dogara
Rt Hon Dogara

House Speaker, Yakubu Dogara has said that governors who refuse to conduct council elections should be removed from office for gross violation of the Constitution.
He accused governors of violating the 1999 Constitution by undermining local councils’ independence.

The Speaker accused governors of using local government funds instead of making the money available to the councils.
He described the state/local government joint accounts as “evil”, adding that governors had emasculated councils and turned them into cash cows.

According to him, “it is unfortunate that most governors have ‘pocketed’ Houses of Assembly, making them toothless, hence their inability to impeach governors who violate the constitution.”
To Dogara, failure to conduct council elections amounted to “serious violation of the provisions of the constitution”, which he said was “one of the biggest grounds for impeachment”.

Speaking with newsmen on Wednesday, Dogara said the constitution provided that the local government officials must be democratically-elected.
He said: “As a matter of fact, joint account is one of the biggest evils because it gives the authority to local government ministries in the state.

“In most states, especially in the north where we don’t have oil and co, the ministry of local government in the state is regarded as the ministry of petroleum resources.
“So, we all know when funds are allocated to the councils. Instead of getting to the councils, they are hijacked at that (state) level and appropriated according to the whims of the powers that be.”

On what is to be done, Dogara said: “We will have to make this local government system a bit independent.
“I am not saying absolute independence because we may not achieve that since ours is a strong federation. It is not a weak federation like what you have in the United States where councils and states join their own money and then appropriate it and pay royalties in taxes to the federal government.

“So, what we can therefore do is make sure that in the spirit of the constitution, the local government administration is democratically-elected to ensure that by provision of the constitution, that any local government that is not democratically constituted will not have access to any funding from the federation.