NULGE plans na­tion­wide ral­lies over LG au­ton­omy

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Mustapha Suleiman

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:

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