Have We Lost Our Sense of Shame? – Monday Ubani
The current governor of Zamfara State and the Chairman of Nigerian Governors’ Forum is fighting back as predicted over local government funds from the Federation Account. He has just issued a statement on behalf of the Forum seeking President Buhari’s intervention on the directives of the Nigerian Financial Intelligent Unit that the Local Government Allocation from the Federation Account should be ensured that it gets to the Account of the Local Government Councils for the development of the Councils as that is the reason for creating the Joint Account in the first place.
Over the years the State Governors have refused, failed and or neglected to pay their own part of the revenue as demanded by the Constitution into that Account but have abused and misappropriated these funds that belong to the Local Government. I am laughing in English when I read their statement talking about the observance of the constitution. They are the major culprits in breaching the constitution by doing the followings:
1. They have refused to comply with Section 7 of the 1999 Constitution as Amended in ensuring that the local government Councils are governed by democratically elected officials. They rather appoint Caretaker Committees or Transition Committees and appoint their stooges and cronies through whom they collude in siphoning the funds of these local government Areas for other purposes other than for the local government administration.
2. They have refused to comply with S162(7) of the constitution which compels them to contribute their own share for the administration of the local government councils.
It is therefore very funny and laughable that they are referring the president to the same constitution they have observed in breach and insisting that the provisions that deal with joint account should be complied with as if the creation of the Joint Account was for them to steal and misappropriate the funds that ought to be used to develop the local government areas.
Have they lost their sense of shame? Is the money they are demanding now meant for them? Don’t they receive their own shares from the federation account? Did they share it with the local government councils? SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH THESE OUR GOVERNORS
I ADVISE MR PRESIDENT TO IGNORE THEM AND SUPPORT THE NFIU TO CARRY OUT THEIR DIRECTIVES STARTING FROM 1ST OF JUNE, 2019.
Monday Ubani Esq,
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