A bill for the amendment of the local government as a constitutionally- acknowledged and funded tier of government in Nigeria is being debated in the Green Chamber which is House of Representatives.

The Bill was Sponsored by Mr. Solomon Bob (PDP, Rivers), and read for the first time on 24th November, 2020 and ready for second reading any moment from now.
Solomon Bob said, 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.”

Bob said when contacted that: “The Bill will go some good way towards fixing the many centripetal anomalies in the 1999 Constitution.”
He added that “a federal constitution evinces power-sharing only between two tiers of government— that is, the federated states and the central government.”
The green chamber said further 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 also said 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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