Delta Assembly Criticizes Federal Government’s Deduction of Council Funds

The Delta State House of Assembly (DSHA) has declared the federal government’s deduction of local government funds from state allocations as unconstitutional.

During an event marking the first anniversary of the eighth assembly, Speaker Hon Guwor Dennis emphasized the illegality of such deductions, urging the federal government to wait for the conclusion of the constitutional amendment process or to engage in stakeholder lobbying to achieve local government autonomy.

“The action of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) is an aberration,” Dennis stated. “It is unconstitutional for the federal government to deduct funds meant for local governments from state allocations.”

Dennis clarified that the Delta Assembly supports local government autonomy but stressed that the correct constitutional procedures must be followed. “Delta State is among the 36 states involved in a lawsuit on this matter. We trust the Supreme Court will make the appropriate ruling. Meanwhile, the Speakers had an executive meeting before this was communicated to the state assemblies,” he said.

The Speaker noted that while Delta Assembly supports local government autonomy, it joined only 16 other states in concurring with the bill, falling short of the required two-thirds majority. He reiterated that the state is prepared for autonomy once constitutional processes are respected.

Reflecting on the Assembly’s achievements over the past year, Dennis reported that the House received 18 bills—15 executive and three private members’ bills—of which nine were passed. The Assembly also considered several motions and adopted resolutions aimed at ensuring the welfare and security of Delta residents.

“Our legislative efforts have been purposeful and impactful, covering social, economic, justice, and environmental sectors. The Eighth Assembly remains committed to its mandate of lawmaking, representation, and oversight of government programs, projects, and policies,” he stated.

Dennis highlighted the Assembly’s role in screening and confirming nominees for the State Executive Council and other government appointments, underscoring its collaborative but independent relationship with the executive arm to ensure statewide development.

“As we enter the second session, we are more determined to fulfill our duties and align with the government’s policy thrust, benefiting all Deltans. Our partnership with the executive and judicial branches and other stakeholders has been marked by significant legislative progress,” Dennis concluded.

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