Against the backdrop of the recent directive from Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) for Local Government Councils to access funds directly from the federal accounts, Administrator of Ijumu Local Council Area of Kogi State, Taufiq Isah, has disclosed the government’s readiness to immediately comply with the directive.
Isah, who doubles as chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Kogi State chapter, gave the assurance in Lokoja during the inauguration of the Seventh Assembly of the state House.
He explained that immediately the directive was passed, Governor Yahaya Bello called him and all other stakeholders in the management of the local council funds to promptly commence the process for compliance.
He added that the Ministry of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs was also directed to hand over all financial transactions of the councils to the relevant local government administrators.
According to him, Governor Bello received the directive with enthusiasm to comply with the order, stressing that Kogi is about the first state to put in place mechanism for its compliance.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Bello for granting the long over-due autonomy to the local councils, adding that the autonomy will help reduce financial pressures on the local government areas.
He assured local government workers of better days ahead as all the outstanding salaries arrears have been computed awaiting the release of the bail-out funds for disbursement.
While stressing the need for the workers to give maximum support to the Bello administration, he said the time for workers to rejoice is now.
He called on the electorate to vote massively for the governor in the November 16 governorship election so that he could complete his laudable programmes for the state.