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ENUGU ASSEMBLY URGES GOVT TO REDUCE FINANCIAL BURDEN ON LOCAL COUNCILS

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The Enugu House of Assembly has asked the state government to reduce the financial demand imposed on the local government councils in the state.


This followed a submission by the member representing the Nkanu-West Constituency, Iloabuchi Aniagu yesterday during the second reading of the Enugu State Road Fund Bill. lamented that agencies of the state government had continued to demand financial contributions from local councils to finance some projects, which sometimes did not benefit them.


The lawmaker, who is also the House Committee Chairman on Local Government, decried the demand since local councils had stopped collecting some levies, including property and signage rates, wondering why the local councils should be mandated to contribute two per cent of their Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to the funding of state roads, as against one per cent to be contributed by the state government.


He expressed concern that the bill, if implemented, would cripple the Local Government system, stressing that the state could not develop unless the local councils functioned effectively.


However, the Leader of the House, Ikechukwu who supported Aniagus submission, said the House would liaise with the State Executive Council to address the matter.

Written by: Oluwapelumi Tutugbuwa

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