The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has accused the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) of frustrating plans for financial autonomy for local government.
The union said at its 40th anniversary celebration in Abuja that the governors were opposing the passage of the council autonomy Bill. The forum, “it said, was doing everything to truncate the people’s will on the matter.
The union’s President, Ibrahim Khaleel, said the leadership of the union had directed their members at the state level to mobilise towards ensuring that opposing governors were voted out during the 2019 governorship elections.
According to him, after the National Assembly approved local government autonomy and passed to states assemblies to also perform their constitutional role, 12 states approved the provision and passed it.
He, however, regretted that as soon as the Governors Forum realised that the states were passing the bill, it intervened and summoned a meeting with Speakers of the state assemblies.
He pointed out that the bill was alive, adding that the union is strategising anew to ensure its passage soon. Part of what we are expecting to achieve tomorrow by bringing our membership from all the 774 local governments under one roof, look at our journey so far, our challenges and the way forward certainly is to have a fresh mandate, fresh resolution and eject more energy into our struggle to see how we can engage politicians across the board on how to achieve this even before 2019 election and we believe strongly that this struggle is achievable because the bill is alive at the state Assembly.
“So, what we need is strong push and more so that the bill that was transmitted along this bill that frees state assembly from financial control of the state government are already being assented to by the President.
‘’So, the state Assembly are free to decide and do their work as legislatures without much interference from the state governors,” he said.
Khaleel argued the local government workers were the most discriminated class of workers.