BREAKING: Supreme Court Declares Transition Council Committee Illegal, Affirms Financial Autonomy of Local Governments | #NwokeukwuMascot


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Abuja, Nigeria  — In a landmark ruling, the Supreme Court of Nigeria has declared the appointment of Local Government Transition Council Committees illegal.

The Apex Court also declared that it is unconstitutional for state governors to withhold funds allocated to local government administrations, affirming financial autonomy for local governments and reinforcing their independence from state interference.

In its lead judgement read by Justice Emmanuel Agim, the apex court said the 774 local government councils in the country should manage their funds themselves.

Key Rulings: “Allocations are to be paid directly to Local Government Councils immediately.

“The Section of the Constitution for joint allocations automatically got deleted without NASS Amendment.

“Appointment of Caretaker committees is illegal and unconstitutional, no governor has any powers to appoint any CTC.

“That State governors have constituted themselves as dangerous species to the development of democracy.” Supreme Court to Nigeria.

Justice Agim's ruling was in responds to a suit filed by the Federal Government against the 36 state governors, advocating for full autonomy for Nigeria’s 774 local governments.

The court dismissed all preliminary objections raised in the suit, underscoring the gravity and finality of its judgment. Further details on the final judgment are expected to be released shortly.

This ruling marks a pivotal step in the ongoing efforts to strengthen local governance in Nigeria, ensuring that local governments operate with full autonomy and accountability.


For more updates, follow our continuing coverage on the implications of this historic Supreme Court ruling.


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