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NULGE insists on local government autonomy

The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees said it would continue to advocacy the autonomy of local governments till its aim was in order to free local governments from the control of state governments.
Ibrahim Khaleel, the NULGE President, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to him, the campaign will be a nationwide exercise, first at zonal levels in Lafia, Calabar, Lagos, Kano, Enugu and Jalingo with grand finale at Abuja.
Khaleel said: “Then all the 36 state branches and 774 LGCs will conduct similar exercise in their domains under the supervision of an assigned National Officer.
“We will mobilise to engage governors and other stakeholders in the country toward the freedom of the local government councils.”
He said that if resources from the Federal Government were given to local governments directly, the people at the grassroots would benefit greatly because the councils were the closest to the people.
Khaleel said: “We remain committed to our demand for autonomous council areas and we will continue to air our voices until something is done.”
According to NULGE boss, autonomy of local governments remains ‘’the cry of Nigerians to see that they benefit directly from development at the grassroots’’.
He said if achieved, the autonomy of local governments would also address a situation whereby funds meant for operations of local governments get to them unhindered.
Khaleel, however, urged Federal Government to look into the realisation of the autonomy of the councils for the people at the grassroots to benefit maximally from their services.
NAN.