By Gabriel Olawale
The Deputy National President of Association of Local Governments Of Nigeria, ALGON, Mr. Itiako Ikpokpo has called for upward review of statutory allocations to local councils and direct disbursement of funds to enable them impacted peoples live at the the grassroots level.
Ikpokpo who is the chairman Isoko South Local Government of Delta State described the current sharing formula of 52.68 percent to federal, 26.72 percent to states and 20.6 percent to local government as unacceptable even as he call for upward review in a reversal order considering the huge development gap and enormous responsibility of the local governments across the 774.
He said that viable political participation in the development process has continued to elude the people at the grassroots, “The Nigerian state created local governments as the third tier of government with the objective of ensuring effective, measurable and efficient service delivery to the people at the grassroots, but almost a pipe dream for now due to lack of funds and political will.
He further recommended an upward review of statutory allocations to local councils as well as direct disbursement of funds to local governments to ensure better welfare package to workers.