8 November 2012

Nigeria: LG Autonomy - Jonathan, NULGE Join Forces Against Governors

President Goodluck Jonathan and the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) may be working closely to whittle down the powers of state governors in the affairs of the local governments so as to ensure their autonomy.

National President of NULGE, Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel, who revealed this, yesterday, during a courtesy visit to the corporate headquarters of LEADERSHIP group also kicked against state police.

According to Comrade Khaleel, NULGE as a key stakeholder in the local government system is determined to work with other stakeholders to reinstate the powers of the local governments as a third tier of government.

He said that the union was in LEADERSHIP group to partner with it in the struggle for a full autonomy for the local governments in the ongoing constitutional review.

Comrade Ibrahim also commended LEADERSHIP for its reportage on the ongoing constitutional amendment process which he said had made so much impact with every stakeholder seeking the autonomy of the local government system.

The union leader noted that it was the position of NULGE that was adopted by the House of Representatives and directed each of the 360 federal lawmakers to go back to their constituencies on November 10, 2012 and hear directly from the people concerned.

He said that the National secretariat of the union and other stakeholders such as NUJ, NUT and other civil society organisations would be on ground to monitor the situation in all the 360 Federal Constituencies in the country.

The union leader also expressed its support for the creation of one state each from the six geo-political zones of the country to bring government closer to the grassroots.

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