JUST IN: Supreme Court reserves judgment on LG autonomy dispute

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The Supreme Court of Nigeria has reserved its judgment in a significant case concerning the autonomy of Local Governments, filed by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) on behalf of the Federal Government against various States.


This case addresses the contentious issue of local government autonomy in the country.

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Presided over by Justice Mohammed Lawal Garba, a seven-member panel heard the final arguments from the lawyers representing both sides. After the adoption of final addresses and submissions, Justice Garba announced that the judgment date would be communicated to the involved parties and their counsel in due course.

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The dispute centers on the degree of autonomy that should be granted to Local Governments, an issue that has significant implications for governance and federalism in Nigeria. Local Government autonomy has been a longstanding debate, with advocates arguing that it ensures better governance and service delivery at the grassroots level, while opponents often cite concerns about the potential for increased administrative challenges and corruption.




As the nation awaits the Supreme Court’s decision, the outcome will likely have far-reaching effects on the structure and functioning of Local Governments across Nigeria. The court’s ruling is expected to clarify the legal framework and the balance of power between the Federal Government, State Governments, and Local Governments, shaping the future of local governance in the country.





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