ALGON calls for upward review of revenue sharing formula


e1ef1ffcc9a5b0e8c41d8ebacc617e27The Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) on Monday called on the Federal Government to review upward the revenue sharing formula for local governments.

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The ALGON President, Mr Ozo Okafor, made the appeal while addressing newsmen at a Forum of Key Functionaries of Local Governments in Nigeria in Abuja.

Okafor, who was represented by the Chairman, ALGON, Kaduna State chapter, said that paucity of funds continued to be the major challenge facing sustainable development at the grassroots.

He also called on the Federal Government to revisit the issue of local government autonomy, especially now that constitution review was ongoing.

He said an upward review of the revenue formula would increase local governments’ funds and transform to increase in development projects at the grassroots.

According to him, the bulk of the nation’s population is in the local government, yet no enough funds to drive the development at that level.

“ We are calling on the government to look at ways of reviewing upward the revenue sharing formula so that the local governments can have more funds in their kitty,’’ Okafor said.

The ALGON president also renewed the call for local government autonomy to enhance democracy.

He appealed to the Federal Government to revisit the issue of local government autonomy now that there was still room for constitution review.

According to Okofor, such autonomy will foster democracy and enable the bulk of Nigerians at the grassroots to get the best out of democracy.

Okafor urged the Federal Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, saddled with the responsibility of harmonising the three tiers of government, to support the councils for grassroots development.

He said that the councils would continue to partner with the ministry and other agencies to ensure that the dividends of democracy got to all Nigerians.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the forum was organised by the ministry, in collaboration with the UNDP.

The programme aims at ensuring that local people benefit from and contribute to their own governance while strengthening Nigeria’s local government development.

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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