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Supreme Court Reserves Judgment on LG Autonomy Case

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The Supreme Court of Nigeria has reserved judgment in a landmark case involving the Federal Government and States regarding the autonomy of Local Governments.

The case, filed by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) on behalf of the Federal Government, seeks to clarify the powers and responsibilities of Local Governments in the country.

A seven-member panel of the Supreme Court, led by Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba, heard final submissions from lawyers representing the Federal Government, States, and other interested parties. After careful consideration, the court announced that a date for the judgment would be communicated to all parties involved.

The case has significant implications for the governance and administration of Local Governments in Nigeria. The Federal Government is seeking to clarify the extent of its powers and responsibilities in relation to Local Governments, while the States are advocating for greater autonomy and independence for these grassroots governments.

The dispute has been ongoing for several years, with various stakeholders weighing in on the matter. The Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has been a strong advocate for Local Government autonomy, while some State governments have expressed reservations about ceding too much power to Local Governments.

The Supreme Court’s judgment is eagerly anticipated, as it will have far-reaching consequences for the country’s political and administrative landscape. The court’s decision is expected to provide clarity and guidance on the roles and responsibilities of Local Governments, and will likely shape the future of grassroots governance in Nigeria.


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