Gov Ben Ayade’s Continue Seizure Of Council Allocations Is Illegal – Obla
Governor Ben Ayade’s seizure of Councils’ allocation is illegal. I am pleasantly surprise that Governor Ben Ayade is still indulging in the seizure of allocations to local government councils in Cross River State of Nigeria from the federation accounts despite the change that is currently sweeping across the country ; a consequent of the historic victory of the All Progressives Congress last March in the general elections in the country.
Consequently, the Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai announced recently the abolition of the Joint State/Local Government Accounts which the successive Governors in the State have used as a pretext to impound allocations from the federation accounts to local government councils in his State under the cloak of supervisory control. Also recently the Governor of Zamfara State and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum admitted that the seizure of allocations to local government councils by State Governors in the country is unconstitutional and illegal.
I recall that soon after the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari , he said that in as much as his government would respect the principle of federalism, it would not tolerate the seizure of allocations to local government councils in the country by State governors under any guise. One would have thought that Governor Ayade would desist from indulging in the unwholesome and indeed criminal seizure of allocations to local government councils in the State that started in the regime of Donald Duke, and became worse under Liyel Imoke.
I understand that for the past two months local government workers in the State have not been paid even though local government councils have received hundreds of millions from the federation account. This is inexplicable and a huge disappointment. I have to sound a note of warning that Governor Ayade continue seizure of allocations of local government councils from the federation accounts to the State will be his albatross. I therefore Governor Ayade to respectfully put an end to it.