Dr. Tammy Danagogo, Commissioner for Local Government Chieftaincy and Community Affairs in Rivers State dropped this hint last week during a media chat in his office affirming that the Ministry has the duty to supervise councils, but not to administer their affairs on a daily basis.
explained that the Ministry does not have outright authority to sanction erring councils on any issue but can make recommendation after proper study or monitoring of the activities of councils against which there are complaints.
also informed that council in the state from the inception of the Amaechi
administration in October 2007 received 100% financial autonomy and that only approved fund such as the statutory 5 percent for traditional rulers and 5 percent for training of staff (Local Government Service Commission) are deducted at source during JAAC meetings.
One of the measures, he
discloseds that the Ministry has worked out is a two day workshop, in conjunction with the Owerri Zone of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Offences Commission (ICPC).
The commissioner explained that the workshop which has been held was a sensitization seminar that would enlighten public officers, especially the council chairmen on how to avoid anti-democratic practices and help to consolidate the growing democracy in Nigeria pointing out that governance is about the people and so due benefits should go to the grassroots.
On the issue of NULGE conflict, Dr. Danagogo
emphasized that he
would never meddle in their affairs and would work with the Union and other bodies such as the Local Government Service Commission and the State Chapter of ALGON
on how to put things right for the grassroot workers in the State.
had never blamed the crisis or differences of positions in NULGE on Apostle Godwin Tumini Diri or any other past or present leader noting that he
had maintained a cordial working relationship with all organs that deal with his
warned those interested in local government or NULGE affairs to get their facts right and not to cause problem in his