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LG council Funds: Ortom hails Senate on resolution 

Samuel Ortom, the immediate past governor of Benue State, has commended the Senate for a resolution regarding the dissolution of democratically elected local government councils at the subnational levels.

Nigeria Senate Building. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Nigeria Senate Building. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Makurdi, Nigeria

Samuel Ortom, the immediate past governor of Benue State, has commended the Senate for a resolution regarding the dissolution of democratically elected local government councils at the subnational levels.

The red chamber had on Friday urged the Federal Government to halt statutory allocation to local government area councils without democratically elected chairmen and councillors.

The resolution followed a motion sponsored by the Senator representing the Benue South, Abah Moro which he titled, “Urgent Need to Halt the Erosion of Democracy: The Dissolution of Elected Councils in Benue State.”

Ortom, who was reacting to the development in a statement issued on Saturday by his media aide, Terver Akase, said the intervention of the Senate was a significant move.

The former governor said the move reflected a commitment to upholding democratic principles and ensuring the autonomy of local government administration across the country.

“He says the unanimous resolution by the upper chamber of the National Assembly also represents a crucial step in safeguarding the democratic process at the grassroots level,” the statement reads.

“Chief Ortom says the Senate’s decision is a proactive measure which also has the potency to deter any act that undermines the democratic rights of citizens and the principles of good governance.

“By calling for the withholding of statutory allocations to non-democratically elected local government councils, the former Benue Governor states that the Senate has demonstrated a firm stance against dictatorial tendencies.

“He particularly commends Senator Abba Moro for his proactive motion which drew urgent attention to the issue of the unconstitutionally sacked local government councils in Benue State”.

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