Supreme Court in historic ruling grants local govts full financial autonomy

The Supreme Court, on Thursday morning, ruled that it is unconstitutional for state governors to withhold funds budgeted for local government administrations.

The court held that the Federal Government should pay any money standing to the credit of the Local Governments in the Federation directly to the Local Government Areas managed by democratically elected officials.

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Justice Emmanuel Agim, in a lead judgement, on the historic ruling also held that it is unconstitutional for state governments to retain and use allocation meant for the LGAs on their behalf without transferring the same to them as provided in Section 162(3) of the Constitution.

The apex court’s judgement followed a suit filed by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Lateef Fagbemi, seeking full autonomy for the 744 LGAs in the country.

More to come…

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