NULGE plans nationwide rallies over LG autonomy
The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) said it will begin nationwide rallies next week to garner support for passage of local government autonomy in the ongoing Constitution amendment process.
The rallies would take NULGE to major capital cities across the country beginning from Zamfara and Anambra States and will end on Thursday 14 September, in Sokoto.
Acting General Secretary of NULGE, Chuks Aguonye, who disclosed this to journalists yesterday in Abuja, said the rally was aimed at prevailing on State Houses of Assembly to vote in favour of local government autonomy, as passed by both chambers of the National Assembly.
He noted that state governors were reasons behind the inability of the 7th National Assembly to pass the local government autonomy bill into law.
“The two chambers of the National Assembly have passed the bill and transmitted same in addition to other bills to state houses of assembly as required by law.
“Recall that the 7th National Assembly attempted to amend the 1999 Constitution which the National Assembly passed on the Local Government autonomy bill; unfortunately, it failed to get the two-third majority of state houses of assembly.
“Available evidence confirmed that the failure of the state assemblies to get two-third majority required was attributable to the dictates and influence of state governors, who wanted to control the funds of local government councils and this time around, the union will not allow what happened in the last assembly to repeat itself.
“In view of the above, the need for the national leadership to act fast has become necessary. Therefore, at the end of an emergency NEC meeting of the union, it was agreed that rallies be held in the 36 states capital of the country, irrespective of the fact that such rally has been held before now or not.
“Accordingly, all state chapters of the union have been directed to mobilize all our members in the states for peaceful rallies on a date assigned to them as one of the programmes slated for this campaign at this stage,” Aguonye said.
From left: Baboko Area Coordinator, Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria (LECAN), Alhaji Suleiman Onikijipa; National President, LECAN, Otunba Dele Akintola; Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed; National Coordinator, LECAN, Alhaji Raimi Adebayo and Chairman, Kwara State Chapter, LECAN, Mr. Williams Adeoye during courtesy visit to the Governor at Government House, Ilorin on Friday. Photo: