By JOHN Meziem
A former Special Adviser to Imo state Government on Local Governmet and Chieftaincy Affairs, Rt. Hon. (Barr) Godfrey Kemdi Dikeocha, has reacted to the new security vote approved for chairmen Interim Management Committee of Local Government Areas.
Dikeocha, former speaker of Imo state House of Assembly described the recent approval of whopping N3.5 million security vote to the chairmen as outrageous and insensitive to the deplorable state of Imo state finances.
He disclosed this while reacting to a comment from Barr. Willie Amadi.
“@ Ukwa (IMHA RESOLUTION FOR APPROVAL OF N3.5m security vote for each LGA interim chairman):your good intention to clean our Augean political table is commendable! Even though all men of good will desire autonomy of LGAs, you can not leap-frog into it without adverting your mind to S.7 (1)of the 1999 constitution(as amended)which copiously states inter alia “the govt of every state shall,subject to S8 of this Constitution,ensure their existence under a law which provides for the establishment,structure,composition,finance & functions of such councils”!! To embellish this unambiguous provision & it’s intent see the locus classicus case of BALOGUN Vs LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT,where the learned judge decided “Local Govts are agents of state Govt” & never one of the federating units!!
“Afortiori,you can not achieve the purport of this your well intentioned opinion, without amendment of the said section 7(1)of the constitution !
“However,the original law no 15 ( which I was the chief sponsor & latter merged with the executive bill of the Governor) NEVER provided for such security vote! “And it is arguable if such house motion on eye popping amount of security vote for LGA interim chairmen could stand in the light of the judicially tested NFIU guideline on LGA funds!
“It is my opinion,that even though council chairmen (including interim) should get security vote BUT approval of whopping N3,5 million is outrageous & insensitive to the deplorable state of Imo state finances & should be pruned down drastically! Thank you!
Rt Hon (Barr) G K Dikeocha:former speaker IMHA,former Special Adviser to IMO state Govt on LGCA,former Fed commissioner rep south East in National Assembly Service Commissission,Abuja!
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