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Local Government Tier Set To Be Removed From Tiers Of Government By House of Representatives

A PDP member from Rivers State of the House of Representatives, Mr. Solomon Bob, has sponsored a bill for the removal of the local government as a recognized constitution and funded tier of government in Nigeria.

The bill is being considered in the House of Representatives as it was first read on November 24th of 2020 and the bill is anticipated to be due for second reading any time soon. 

According to the explanatory memorandum from the house, the “Bill seeks to remove Local Government as a tier of government in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and vest their creation, powers and funding exclusively in the state Houses of Assembly in accordance with the principle and practice of true federalism in a culturally diverse and territorially extensive country like Nigeria.”

On a substantially gathered information, Mr. Solomon Bob said: “The Bill will go some good way towards fixing the many centripetal anomalies in the 1999 Constitution.”

He said that “a federal constitution officially permits power-sharing only between two tiers of government that is, the federated states and the central government.”

The House of Representatives member added that local government “are normally the babies of the federated states which are at liberty to create as many as they can fund based on their developmental goals or needs, and they’re not, and should not, be a subject for federal legislation.”

He further added that a federal constitution creating and listing local governments “gives it an air of immutability as no new ones can realistically be created for obvious reasons, while also denying the necessary flexibility to drive development and performance at that level.”

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