Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Benue House Passes New LG Law To Allow Governor Appoint Sole Administrators

Following the inability of Benue State government to conduct local government elections due to paucity of funds, the State House of Assembly, Tuesday, passed into law the Local Government Administration Amendment Bill, 2016, permitting the governor to appoint sole administrators for the 23 councils in the state.

The new law was an amendment and injection of sub-section six into the existing State Local Government Law of 2007, as amended by Benue State Law 13 of 2012.

The passage of the bill followed clause by clause consideration of the proposed law in the committee of the whole chaired by Speaker of the House, Mr. Terkimbi Ikyange.

Cited as the Local Government (Amendment) bill 2016, the bill provided that whenever it became impossible to conduct election into the councils at the expiration of the two terms of six months each for caretaker committees, the governor would appoint sole administrators to run the councils.

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