Court rules in favour of LGA autonomy

Court rules in favour of LGA autonomy

A High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) has declared that Local Government Areas (LGAs) in the country can exercise the functions accorded them under the constitution without National Assembly enactment.

The pronouncement followed a suit by an Abuja-based lawyer, Ogwu, James Onoja, challenging the move by the Federal Capital Development Authority, FCDA, and the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) to replace the road named after him by the Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, with ‘Amma Pepple Crescent’.

Justice Agbaza also restrained the FCDA and its agencies from further tampering with the street named after Onoja.

Onoja had sought the court’s determination on whether the FCDA and AMMC or any other department of the Federal Capital has the powers to demolish, dismantle or destroy street posts and signs mounted by AMAC in view of the provisions of Sections 7, 303, 328, First Schedule, Part II and Paragraph (g) of the Fourth Schedule to the 1999.

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(C) The Nation

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