By: Valentine Adese:
The alleged poor performances of the Local Government Management Committees in Plateau State has caused the Plateau State House of Assembly, to invoke its power, as enshrined in Section 7(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
The provision of Section 7(1) of the Constitution reads:
“The system of local government by democratically elected local government councils is under this Constitution guaranteed; and accordingly, the Government, of every state shall subject to section 8 of this Constitution, ensure their existence under a law which provides for the establishment, structure, finance, and functions of such council. ”
According to the lawmakers, the present administrations at the 17 local government councils in the state, are a creation of the laws of the House owing to the rule of necessity and that the Committees owe it as a duty to report to the House on monthly basis on the progresses, needs and challenges of the Local Government Areas.
“However, we are surprised that since their inauguration, no report has been received by the House from them. You would recall that at the inception, we gave them 6months tenure and then we extended their tenure by two months at each extension after expiration to give us effective check. But this is not working as we are not getting the needed reports. We only hear of things been commissioned without knowing who appropriated the funds for them.
Recently under an oversight function, a Committee of the House disclosed that the Committees are under performing. We have invited the Commissioner of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs but, he has not honourned any hence, we are formally directing the Clerk of the House to write him formally to appear on the floor of the House on the 23rd of Jun, 2016. ” The House explained.