By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Chairman of Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) in Plateau State who is also Chairman of Mikang Local Government Council, Hon. Ezekiel Volgap has revealed that local governments still operate joint account.
“I think there is a misconception on this. The NFIU is not saying the allocation should come straight to Local Governments from Federalism Account. No. The Joint Account still stands. We still operate the joint account. What NFIU is saying is that, the joint account is just a collation centre for onward distribution to various Local Governments. What the NFIU is saying in essence is that when the funds come to the collation centre, it shouldn’t be touch by anybody and the money should move as it comes straight to various Local Governments|”.
Answering question in Jos, the chairman said the policy is yet to commence because as a new law, the state government is still studying it, stressing that when it is finally implemented, it would be the best thing that would have happened to this country.
On the anticipated cabinet in Plateau State, he observed that Governor Lalong was taking his time to come up with the best hands to help implement the policies of his administration.
“It is not going to be business as usual. He is going to bring on board good hands that would help on implementing the policies and programmes of his administration. The council boss further observed that the Governor was going to make his choice on the cabinet members based on their capacity, credibility and integrity”. He called on the people of the state to exercise patience because Governor Lalong meant well for the state and he would ensure that he assembled the best to help implement his