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Akpan Drags Gov Udom to Court over Joint LG Account Law

By Tseaa Armstrong, Abuja

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice have been dragged to an Eket High Court as co-defendants in a suit no: HEK 72/2019, dated, filed and served on 5th November, 2019 by Chief Aniekan Willie Akpan, plaintiff and one time chairman of Eket LGA of Akwa Ibom state.

The plaintiffs are praying the court to determine whether the Akwa Ibom State government has complied with the provisions of the state joint local government account law 2009.

Secondly, whether, Eket LGA of the Akwa Ibom state is entitled to projects appropriated within 15% of the derivation revenue standing to the credit Akwa Ibom state from 2009 till date.

Secondly, they are seeking to know whether Eket LGA of the Akwa Ibom state is entitled to projects appropriated within 15% of the derivation revenue standing to the credit Akwa Ibom state from 2009 till date.

In a signed affidavit, the plaintiffs seek the following reliefs: a declaration that the defendants have contravened the provisions of the distributions of projects, an order of the courts for the defendants to comply forthwith with the state joint account law 2009 and thirdly, an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from further contravening the provisions of the state joint local government account law.

Sections 3 of the law states inter alia: “The derivation Revenue standing to the credit of the state from the federation account pursuant to sub-section (2) of section 162 of the constitution shall be distributed between the state and local governments as follows: A minimum of 15% shall be appropriated for projects in the LGs from where natural resources are derived; 5% shall be retained by the state government as intervention fund for ecological land disaster problems in the state and the development of Uyo capital city and the balance shall be utilised by the state government for the development of all the LGAs including the LGAs from where the natural resources are derived.

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