Friday, 22 September 2017

NULGE stages solidarity march for LG autonomy, asks State Assemblies to pass bill

By Okechukwu Onuegbu 

Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has staged a solidarity match in Awka, Anambra State capital, seeking for the autonomy of the Local Government system in Nigeria.
NULGE, led by its National President, Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel Abdulladir, Anambra State Chairman of the union, Comrade Jerry Nnubia and members across local government areas of the state stormed the premise of the House of Assembly with placards of different inscriptions.

Addressing some members of Anambra State House of Assembly, the NULGE National President, Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel averred that the National Advocacy Campaign visit was aimed at sensitising the lawmakers and the general public on the need to grant autonomy to local government areas,

"Local Governments areas have been devastated. We are incapacitated to deliver our mandate. We can’t provide primary health care, quality basic education and other services. We can’t discharge our duties effectively due to the deplorable conditions of local government authority. Both the human and material resources are in jeopardy. People at the grassroots are unhappy over the current state of the third tiers of the government and as a result of our inability to impact positively on them.

“This is why we have come to seek your support on the move to grant autonomy to local government areas across the nation. We want you to expedite action towards passage of the local government autonomy bill which had been endorsed by both chambers of National Assembly. This will allow local governments to elect their representatives at all times. It will also help them to deliver some basic functions and development for the people at the grassroots. It will help us to get interventions from State and federal government” he maintained.

Responding, the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Rita Mmaduagwu, represented by her Deputy, Hon. Harford Oseke, commended them for championing the cause that would improve the lives of the people.

Mmaduagwu, however, noted that "We are yet to receive a copy of it. I want to assure you that we shall give it accelerated hearing once it comes to us." gathered that the union earlier paid a courtesy visit to the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano, where they solicited his support to ensuring that the bill is accented to once is passed into law.



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