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NULGE, NLC hold rally In Enugu, demand LG autonomy

Thursday, 7 September 2017

From Odigbo Chidinma, Enugu

The Enugu State chapter of the National Union of Local Government Employees in collaboration with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has held a rally to press home their demand for local government autonomy in order to achieve improved service delivery.

Speaking during the rally, Comr. Ibrahim Khaleel, National President of NULG, said that the local government is the mirror of the society through which development can get to the grassroots level.

Khaleel who was represented by Comr. Ambali Akeem, National Treasure NULGE, said that the true dividence of democracy is achieved through the provision of security and better life for the people.

According to him, there is the prevalence of ethnic violence because many Nigerians who reside in localities have been deprived of basic social amenities and excluded from government.

He regretted that local government areas have been witnessing coronation instead of proper election of chairmen which is why they have been turned into mere appendages to the state government, adding that the tenure of local government political leaders are not clearly stated in the law.

“We have had cases of dissolution of local government chairmen by state governors without recourse to the constitutional provision and it continues to affect the development of the grassroots level” he said.

On the way forward, he said that there should be the establishment of a local government service commission so that workers can be adequately protected from interference by the state government. He added that a central body must be established to conduct elections so that local government leaders can focus in the development of the grassroots level.

Also speaking during the rally, Mr. Edward Ubosi, Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, said that the question of local government autonomy is an important issue that must be considered.

He noted that members of NULGE have a critical role to play in ensuring that the local government is free to carry out its duties effectively.

 "You must go back and meet with the representatives of your constituencies so that when they come to the house, we can speak with one voice and ensure that autonomy is achieved," he said.

On his part, Comr. Nwobodo Virginus, the State Chairman, NLC, observed that the local councils have not witnessed any meaningful development over the years.

On his part, Comr. Nwobodo Virginus, State Chairman, NLC, observed that the local councils have not been able to function optimally because there has not been political, administrative and financial freedom.

According to him, everyone belongs to one local council or the other which is why the local government system should be allowed to carry out its duties for the benefit of all.

He stated that the Nigerian Labour Congress will always be in the forefront of the struggle for a better society where there will be equal representation.

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