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Reactions Trail Supreme Court Judgment On Local Government Autonomy In Kwara

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Reactions have followed the Supreme Court of Nigeria’s judgment on the contentious issue of local government autonomy delivered on Thursday.

Recall that the court, aside from granting full autonomy to the local governments in the country, also ordered the Federal government to stop allocations to local governments without democratically elected council officials.

Amid jubilation among local government staff and residents of Ilorin, Kwara State capital, a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Lasisi.A.K.Jimoh, described the judgment as long overdue.



“If the constitution says the existence of a democratically elected local government is constitutionally guaranteed, then where do you have a caretaker and payments being channelled through state governments to local governments?




“The constitution also states that the local government is the third tier of government, will one tier be under another tier, and is the state under the federal government.?

“I expected the judgment to go a bit further to pronounce emphatically that there cannot be a caretaker committee under the constitution which we are operating now because a caretaker committee is not a local government,” Lasisi declared.

In his reaction, the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Babatunde Muhammed, said the judgement was long expected.



“In Kwara State now, for the past five years, our highly respected Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq’s government, has refused to conduct local government elections.

“For the past five years, this is the first time in the history of the state that we have unelected council officials running the affairs of the 16 local governments in the state.” READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Babatunde argued that the inability of the local governments in the state to get their allocations directly from the federal government has constituted a serious setback to the development of the third tier of government.



“I was opportune to contest and be elected as a councillor here in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara state in 1990. Our election was handled by the National Electoral Commission, and our monthly allocations came directly from the federal government to the local governments.

“We spent three years during our tenure between 1991 to 1993 and local governments were able to embark on many laudable projects beneficial to the people at the grassroots.”

The PDP chairman, said his then council chairman, Architect Olukayode Abogunrin, performed creditably well constructing enviable projects including the Share-Oke-Ode road bridge with just N7m from allocations directly received from the federal government.

He commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the Attorney General of the federation, for taking up the matter from the Appeal court to the Supreme Court to ensure that the local government autonomy becomes a reality as expected by Nigerians.

On his part, Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Kwara state, Oyinlade Seun, said “We are overwhelmed as we declared fasting and prayers since Wednesday and Thursday on the autonomy issue.



“We are sure our governor will comply with the judgment to give true and pure autonomy to the local governments in the state to guarantee grassroots development.

Oyinlade asserted that with the full autonomy now granted the local governments, the issues of insecurity, food insecurity and other things hindering development at the third tier of government will become a thing of the past.

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Nigerian Govt Explains Why It Is Yet to Pay Allocations Directly to LGs

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The Minister of Finance, Wale Edun has opened up on why there is delay in payment of monthly allocations to local governments.

 

Speaking on Thursday, Edun explained that the development is due to some “practical impediments”.

 

He spoke during the quarterly media briefing on recent economic activities in the country.

 

This comes weeks after the Supreme Court ordered the Nigerian Government to directly pay allocations to local government accounts.

 

The Supreme Court said it was illegal for state governments to receive allocations on behalf of local governments.

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The landmark judgement, delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, emphasized that the practice contravenes the financial autonomy of local governments and has persisted for over two decades.

 

The apex court’s decision mandates that all allocations from the Federation Account should henceforth be paid directly to the 774 local government councils across the country, rather than being filtered through state governors.

 

However, the Coordinating Minister of Economy said the judgment was yet to be handed over to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) for proper study and implementation.

 

Edun said a committee has been set up by the Federal Government to look at the practicability of the judgement.

 

“The actual proceeding has not been handed down to the AGF,” Edun said.

 

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa And Girlfriend, Aimee Aguilar Welcome Baby Girl

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The Grammy Award nominee recently welcomed a baby girl named Kaydence, on July 17, making him a father of two.


36-year-old American rapper, Wiz Khalifa has welcomed a baby girl with his girlfriend, Aimee Aguilar.

The Grammy nominee recently welcomed a baby girl named Kaydence, on July 17, making him a father of two.

‘So, I gave birth exactly a week ago today,‘ Aguilar revealed in a TikTok video on Tuesday as she gave a post-partum fitness update. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Khalifa and Aguilar announced their pregnancy last month in a sponsored post with Clear Blue.

‘Baby girl on the way,’ he captioned the post.

Khalifa also shares son Sebastian Taylor, 11, with ex-wife Amber Rose, to whom he was married from 2013 to 2016.

 

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Award-Winning Rapper, Malome Vector Is Dead

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Malome Vector, the popular South African rapper, whose real name is Bokang Moleli, has died in a car accident

Vector was reportedly traveling with musical collaborators Lizwi Wokuqala and Puleng Phoofolo when the tragic crash happened in the Free State on Wednesday evening

His former record label, Ambitiouz Entertainment, confirmed the news on Wednesday evening.

“With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of a shining beacon; the Lion of Lesotho’s sun has set. Our deepest condolences go out to his loved ones and industry peers during this time of profound loss,” the label stated.

The Free State Department of Health reported that three men were declared dead at the scene of an accident on the N1 near the Koppies turn-off close to Kroonstad.

Two other individuals, a man and a woman, were transported to Boitumelo Regional Hospital with injuries.

A source revealed to News24 that Malome Vector was traveling from Gauteng through the Free State to his home country of Lesotho to shoot a music video when the accident occurred around 13:00.

The vehicle he was in collided with a heavy motor vehicle. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Among the occupants were his musical collaborators Lizwi Wokuqala and Puleng Phoofolo.

Hillary Mophethe of the Free State Department of Transport indicated that a burst tire might have caused the driver to lose control, but the exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.

A Meteoric Rise

Malome Vector’s journey in the music industry saw a significant boost when he moved to Johannesburg in 2020 and signed with Ambitiouz Entertainment.

The label discovered him through social media and facilitated a meeting in Lesotho, setting the stage for his rapid ascent.

Before gaining prominence in South Africa, Vector was well-known in Lesotho for hits like “Ichu” and “Motho Waka.”

His fame in Mzansi soared when he won a South African Music Award for Best Music Video of the Year in 2021 for a collaboration with Miss Pru and Blaq Diamond.

In 2022, he released his debut album, “Karabo,” featuring artists such as Blaq Diamond, Intaba Yase Dubai, Wave Rhyder, Sjava, Ubuntu Band, and Ntate Stunna. Speaking to City Press about the album, he said, “The album is about my story, my hustle, which includes my family, especially my daughter. It is based on my true story and my answered prayers.”

Earlier this year, Vector released a seven-track EP titled “1964,” featuring Ntate Stunna and Mlindo The Vocalist.

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