By Tony Edike
ENUGU – CHAIRMAN of Udi Local Government Area in Enugu State, Dr. Walter Oji, has called for the abolition of the joint accounts between the state and local government councils, saying that the system has seriously impeded the operations of the third tier of government.
Oji, who spoke with newsmen in Enugu at the weekend, also said he would not seek re-election after serving out his current term, as he had decided to give the younger ones opportunity to continue from where he would stop in December this year.
The LG boss frowned at the existing joint account system for LGs and state governments, insisted that the local councils should not be tied to the umbilical cord of the state governments because it always lead to delay in receiving the fund to run the councils as well as unnecessary deductions, which hinder developments.
While also frowning at the under funding of the local councils, Oji was of the view that more funds should be allocated to the councils because they were closer to the people and have more responsibilities to tackled.
Said he, â€œit is wrong for the lion share of the national cake to go to the Federal Government. More money should be allocated to the local governments while a Ministry for Local Governments should be established to monitor how the funds are utilized.â€
Oji, who gave account of his stewardship since he came on board about two years ago, said that it was his conviction that the younger ones should be given a chance to serve, hence his decision not to run for a second tenure.