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Delta speaker calls for increase in revenue allocation for LGA

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The Speaker of the Delta House of Assembly, Chief Sherriff Oborevwori has called for increase in allocation for local government areas in the country.
He said increasing local government  allocation would help  them boost their capacity for better service delivery.
Oborevwori made the call on Wednesday in Asaba, while receiving the Kuru team from Nigeria Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies who are one a one-week  study tour to the state.
The speaker who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Christopher Ochor, also stressed the need for primary school teachers to be treated as first line charge in the Federation Account.
He said  this would enable the local government areas to shift the huge burden of paying primary school teachers.
Oborevwori who also advocated for increased in revenue generating capacity, stressed the need for conscious effort to be made in training and raising the competence of the human resources in revenue generation at local government levels.
The speaker, however identified constitutional limitation, burden of primary education and health, huge recurrent expenditure and stifled revenue generating capacity as major challenges limiting the operation of local government areas in the country.
According to him, the rationale for creating local governments is for it to take responsibility for the development of it’s locality directly, while contributing indirectly to the development of the nation.
” This lofty goal today, is under threat due to myriad of challenges,” he added
He therefore stressed the need for the review of the 1999 constitution to reflect fiscal federalism.
While commending the Kuru team who are in the state on a one- week study tour with the theme: ” Strengthening Local Governance in Nigeria: Challenges, Options and Opportunities”, noted that the theme was apt.
Oborevwori said,” by the combined efforts of the constitution powers of the state House of Assembly, at the dawn of democracy in 1999, passed the Delta State local government law, 1999.
” This law law was repealed and re-enacted in 2004 and further repealed and re-enacted in 2013. The law provides for the administrative structure and governance of local governments in the state.”
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Prof. Para Malami, the Director of Studies, National Incident Management System (NIMS), said that the team is in the state to conduct indept research into issues of topical relevance.
”We are not just in Delta State, there are other  groups in six other states of Nigeria.
”We are here to look into the theme for this year,” Strengthening Local Governance in Nigeria: Challenges, Options and Opportunities.
”Since we came, we have been deeply impressed with what the state government is doing especially the ‘world-class ultra modern state Secretariat, which is a pride not only to the state, but to Nigeria,” she said.

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