BY ANAYO OKOLI
NULGE president, Abia State chapter of National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Eze Idima, said, yesterday, described the joint account/project between state and local governments as a rip-off of the latter.
He alleged that local government chairmen had no knowledge of how much their councils received monthly from the Federation Account.
According to Idima, the usual practice is for them to get from the state government money for wage bill and between N4 and N5 million as running cost.
He said: “Today, local governments in the state do not know how much they receive as monthly allocation from the federation account
“Here, what happens is that council chairmen submit wage bill to the Auditor-General for onward submission to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs who tinker their budgets and release funds to them after deductions by Joint Account Committee through the Local Government Auditor-General’s Office.
“The remnants are given to them to pay salaries and as running cost and this is usually between N4 and N5m monthly.
“In the state, allocations to the local governments are not made public unlike in the past when it was usually available on the internet. And, the joint account/project between the state and local governments is a rip-off to the latter,” Idima lamented.
The NULGE President also condemned the situation where council chairmen were tied to the manipulations of JAC. He called for the scrapping of JAC.
According to Idima,“Even the process through which the council chairmen are being appointed or elected leaves much to be desired. Usually, it is the trusted and loyal cronies of the governors who are appointed or elected. This is believed to be the major bane of local government administration.”