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Alao-Akala wants SIECs scrapped

14 February 2013, 10:03

 Ibadan - A former governor of Oyo State, Adebayo Alao-Akala, has advocated the scrapping of State Independent Electoral Commissions (SIECs).

Alao-Akala made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Ibadan on Wednesday.

According to him, the abolition of the SIEC will curtail the excesses of some State Governments which fight shy of democratising the local government elections.

He likened the existence of SIECs to the creation of  state police, which he said, was needless, adding: ``as bad as the state police, so also is SIECs.

``INEC should be allowed to conduct all elections in the country.

``There should be an amendment to the constitution to allow that State Governments have  caretaker committees for  not more than three months to run the affairs of Local Governments,” he said.

Alao-Akala criticised the call for local government autonomy, saying that the existing arrangement allowed the  councils some level of autonomy except for the disbursement of funds.

He noted that a section exist in the 1999 Constitution, which subjects the administration of councils to the State Government and its assembly.

Alao-Akala recalled his tenure as a local government chairman, saying he ran his administration without  interference.    

``It is the state that will regulate the financial activities of the councils and that is why every state has a law guiding the administration of the  local governments.

``The councils operate as the third tier of government. They have their legislative body and the Chairman is the Chief Executive,” he added.

He said the Joint Account of the Local Government Areas was just a means of sharing the revenue among the councils.



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