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Ex-Perm Sec Wants LG Autonomy

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A retired Permanent Secretary in Rivers State, Mrs Ibaniba Briggs-Iti has said that independence from states control and proper funding would improve efficiency in the Local Government system in the country.
Mrs Iti said This in a lecture entitled, “the principles of Code of Conduct Rules and Regulations in the Local Government Administration at a two-day seminar on understanding Public Service Rules And Techniques of effective records Management organised by the Rivers State Local Government Service commission in conjunction with Frezimas Manpower Development Services in Port Harcourt.
The retired permanent secretary said that the undue interference in the affairs of councils by State Governments in the country hampered development at the grassroots.
“It is generally accepted that it is at the local government level that traditional institutions and attitudes are still vibrant in accountability and transparency in the management of affairs of the country.
“However local government councils generally face challenges such as inadequate funding undue interference from the State Government, corruption /mismanagement, poor leadership over bloated work force, unqualified and undedicated workers, ignorance, violence and politicisation.
“These challenges make actualization of the dreams of creating this tier of government a mirage, she said.
While declaring the seminar opened, the executive chairman of the Rivers State Local Government Service Commission, Chief Azubuike Nmeruikini, said the commission would ensure efficiency in service delivery in the local government councils.
Nmerukini said, it was against this background that the commission held regular seminars for all categories of staff in the local government system.
He urged the participants to replicate what they had learnt in their various local government councils.

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Bello’s Gunmen After My Life, Family -Kogi Dep Gov

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Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Elder Simon Achuba yesterday alleged that the governor of the state has sent gunmen after his life.
Acbuba called on the inspector General of Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), the Army and other security personnel to safeguard his life, family members and his aides.
Achuba, who spoke with newsmen at his official residence in Lokoja said, “From all information at my disposal, the governor has mobilised gunmen to attack me.
“I want the police, SSS, IGP to know that if anything should happen to me, my family and aides, the governor should be held responsible.”
The deputy governor likewise called on the President to beam his searchlight on the state.

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LGAs Responsible For Farmers, Herdsmen Clashes In Nigeria -UN

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Zebulon Takwa, Peace and Development Adviser, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, says poor Local Government administration is largely responsible for farmers-herdsmen clashes in Nigeria
Takwa, who gave the position in an interview with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, expressed concerns over “weak operational structures at the local government level’’.
He said that issues that were supposed to be addressed by local administration authority were left unattended to over a long period.
The UN official noted that most of the issues that escalated to crises ought to have been resolved at the local level by the authorities, traditional and religious leaders.
He decried the situation where structures for such prompt amicable settlement were not effective enough to prevent conflicts.
Takwa condemned the situation where most local government officials migrated to urban centres instead of concentrating on their primary responsibilities of settling crises, developing infrastructure and social amenities, among others.

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Reprisal Killing: Taraba Police, Tiv, Junkun Differ On Casualities

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The Police Command in Taraba State has said that only one individual was killed in what appeared to be a revenge for the alleged murder of a Junkun man yesterday.
While the Tiv claimed that no fewer than nine of their kinsmen were killed in Takum town, Takum Local Government Area of Taraba State on Tuesday, the Police said the figure was not true.
Takum is the hometown of Governor DariusIshaku who turned 65 today.
Multiple sources in Takum said trouble started yesterday morning when a Jukun man was killed on his farm along Takum-Wukari road, and irate Jukun youths in Takum went on the rampage, killing at least eight people in the town.
A resident of Takum, Mr. Nathaniel Jato, in a telephone interview with our Correspondent said the eight people killed in Takum town were all Tiv resident in the town.
“We counted at least eight dead bodies around General Hospital Junction and Zenith Bank around the Wukari roundabout.
“We were told that many people were killed around Rimi Primary school area, but there is tension, so we can’t go there.
“The Caretaker Chairman of Takum Local Government Council, ShibanTikari, has assured us that the situation will not escalate, but I am afraid the situation might degenerate if adequate security measures are not put in place,” he lamented.
Jato, who said there was threat that their houses would be attacked in the night, called on Governor Darius Ishaku and security authorities to quickly restore peace in the area to pave way for proper investigation of the matter.

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