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SLGJA: Walk the talk with legal backing – ANRP tells Buhari

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Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, ANRP, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to back up his policy directive on State Local Government Joint Account, SLGJA, with legal framework, so as to ensure accountability in the disbursement of state resources.

The Party in a chat with Nigerian Pilot yesterday, maintained that the new directives by the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, NFIU, on operations of the SLGJA where monies meant for local government areas are currently diverted, misappropriated, or mismanaged by state governments without reaching the intended recipients, will help in ending all these anomalies. Cash withdrawal may also not exceed N500, 000.00 as stated in the directives. These initiatives are highly commended by the Party.

The party said it is not unaware of the constitutional constraint facing the directive, as Mr President has already acknowledged during his inaugural speech in May 2015, when he stated that there are; “Constitutional limits to powers of each of the three tiers of government but that should not mean the federal government should fold its arms and close its eyes to what is going on in the states and local governments, not least the operations of the Local Government Joint Account. While the Federal Government cannot interfere in the details of its operations it will ensure that the gross corruption at the local level is checked. As far as the constitution allows me I will try to ensure that there is responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch.”

ANRP further averred that the laws of some states in the country authorize the governors to spend monies in the SLGJA as they please. A mere policy directive may not suffice. The Party therefore expressed the opinion that litigation brought by the Attorney-General of the federation, AGF, seeking judicial interpretation of those state laws that are at variance with the spirit and letter of Constitution, with the aim of invalidating and nullifying such obnoxious state laws would prove more effective and sustainable further to this pronouncement, as the current directives will not only be resisted, they will be ignored by many or all state governors.

The Party reminded the President Buhari administration that policy approach is always more effective in tackling corruption rather than media trials, and that a sense of urgency is essential to success in governance.

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