- The federal government will soon end joint accounts being operated by both local and state governments according to Boss Mustapha
- According to him, Nigeria cannot live with the continued mismanagement of public funds (joint account) any longer
- Going further, he added that mismanagement and maladministration at this level of governance will connote impacting negatively on our people
The joint accounts being operated by both local and state governments would soon end through constitutional means according to the federal government.
This was disclosed by Boss Gida Mustapha, the secretary to government of the federation.
He said this at the Nigerian local government summit 2019, organized by SEGNIP Promotions Limited and the department of state and local government affairs, office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) with the theme:
“Emerging Issues in Local Government Administration in Nigeria.”
Mustapha who was represented by the director, special duties OSGF, David Attah, said that the age of joint accounts have become inglorious within the political system.
“After so many ruinous years of our recent past, we certainly cannot live with the continued mismanagement of public funds (joint account) any longer.
“Most of us know too well the dangers and consequences of this sustained degradation of our local government system which manifest in increased wave of crimes and social maladies like terrorism, kidnapping, cultism, neighbourhood gangs, human trafficking, baby factories, dilapidated primary schools and primary health facilities, influx of youths to urban centres and pernicious rural poverty which have dovetailed into various dimensions, agitations, and unrests.
“More so, it is uncanny that most of us fail to see the connection between moribund local governments and Boko Haram insurgency, for instance.
“Suffice to say that no ‘baby factory’ or incidence of kidnapping would find space where local government councilors are fully involved in governance and work with landlords associations and town unions.
“All of us, directly, or tangentially, are exposed to the impact of local government administration daily. Therefore, mismanagement and maladministration at this level of governance will connote impacting negatively on our people with direct implication for banishing a large number of the population to abject poverty and penury,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) called for the annulment of the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) and state local government joint account over what the union described as unfettered manipulations of the systems by the state governors.
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