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Uwemedimoh Nwoko, the immediate past Attorney General and commissioner for justice in Akwa Ibom says the state government is not challenging the proposed local government autonomy or opposed to it.
He said the power to superintend over the affairs of local government areas lie solely with the legislature and not the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).
Nwoko made the disclosure in Uyo at during an interaction with newsmen.
He said he has filed a case against the agency in suit number (FHC/UY/CS/88/2019) in a Federal High court in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
He said the decision of his client to challenge NFIU guideline which is seeking to take over the control of local government areas was borne out of constitutional concerns and its implication.
According to him: “What we are pursuing has nothing to do with the financial autonomy of local government; it’s an issue that will be resolved in a totally different perspective. All we are saying is that the NFIU lacks the power, be it in statute, constitutional or conventional in a Federal structure to come to seek, by mere guidelines, to take over control and regulate the affairs of LGAs, particularly in terms of finance.”
He maintained that local government was created for people in local communities, stating that the attempt by the NFIU to place a limit on amount withdrawn by local government in a day amounts to impeding the growth of local government areas.
“Now, local government caters for village heads, market women, town criers and those who need direct impact from the local government. 99.9% of these people don’t have bank accounts. So, when you now tell the local government that you cannot withdraw more than N500,000 in a day, what you have done is that you … Read More...