LGs mo­bilises against planned con­sti­tu­tional re­moval

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Fran­cis Okeke

The Nigeria Union of Lo­cal Govern­ment Em­ploy­ees (NULGE) has started mo­bil­is­ing its mem­bers na­tion­wide against the call by the Po­lit­i­cal Re­struc­tur­ing com­mit­tee of the on­go­ing Na­tional Con­fer­ence for the abo­li­tion of the lo­cal govern­ment sys­tem from the con­sti­tu­tion.

The com­mit­tee, which is co-chaired by Gen­eral Ike Nwachukwu and Mo­hammed Umara Ku­malia in its re­port, rec­om­mends the re­ten­tion of a federal sys­tem of govern­ment, how­ever, sug­gest­ing that “lo­cal gov­ern­ments shall no longer be third tier of the fed­er­a­tion.”

Re­act­ing in a press con­fer­ence over the weekend, NULGE Pres­i­dent Com­rade Ibrahim Khaleel told news­men that the call is an ex­er­cise in fu­til­ity which would be re­sisted by Nige­ri­ans, stress­ing that sev­eral re­ports have been no­ti­fied even at the Na­tional As­sem­bly in sup­port of au­ton­omy for lo­cal govern­ment.

“It is only wise and log­i­cal for the com­mit­tee to base its po­si­tion on the re­ports done af­ter col­lat­ing and analysing these mem­o­randa so as to be guided by the good thought of equally en­dowed Nige­ri­ans,” Khaleel said

He ac­cused state gov­er­nors, “who nom­i­nated three del­e­gates each to the con­fer­ence” of spear­head­ing the move to put lo­cal gov­ern­ments di­rectly un­der their con­trol by re­mov­ing it from the con­sti­tu­tion.

NULGE lamented that hand­ing over lo­cal govern­ment to state gov­ern­ments will com­pletely wipe out the sys­tem from ex­is­tence, thereby de­priv­ing the na­tion of grass­roots de­vel­op­ment, while call­ing on the del­e­gates to the con­fer­ence to be pa­tri­otic by con­sult­ing widely to con­firm the wishes of the people.

The pres­i­dent said push­ing ahead with the com­mit­tee’s po­si­tion is will lend cre­dence to “the fears nursed by Nige­ri­ans on the con­fer­ence com­ing to rat­ify an al­ready set agenda.”

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