Ilorin - The former chairman of Ifelodun Local Government Area in Kwara, Rex Olawoye, said autonomy for local governments in the country would make them to perform better.
Olawoye said in Ilorin, Kwara, on Sunday that the problem of local government councils as mishandling of their affairs by state governments.
According to him, the misinterpretation of the States and Local Government Joint Account, as enshrined in the Constitution made the states to emasculate the local councils.
Olawoye, who is aspiring to represent Ifelodun/Oyun/Offa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives in 2015, lauded the National Assembly for granting the autonomy to the councils by putting the record straight.
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He said that by the autonomy, a new lease of life had been given to local government areas in the country.
He said elections of council chairmen and councilors had become for people of high integrity, who would be able to effectively manage the resources of the councils.
He said that the Constitution mandated state governments to augment local government revenue with 10 per cent of internally generated revenue.
The former council chairman decried the current practice where the states had total control of councils’ funds, “thereby deducting substantially from their allocations”.
The aspirant therefore said that the autonomy would enable the councils to conceive and execute projects that would have direct impact on the lives of the people in the rural areas.
Olawoye explained that implication of the autonomy was that allocations would be paid directly to the local governments.
He advised the Federal Government to put a monitoring and evaluation committee in place as part of the checks for the local governments' performance.