By ANAYO OKOLI
UMUAHIA—THE SOUTH EAST zone of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, has lashed out at the delegates to the ongoing National Conference for recommending the scrapping of local government system .
According to the union, the decision will not only drag the country to a dark era but also work against the poor.
Rising from a zonal meeting in Umuahia, the union expressed concerns that delegates to the Confab were trying to upturn the decision of Nigerians who voted for the autonomy of local government councils.
In a 4-point communiqué signed by the National Vice President, Comrade Eze Idima and 10 other officers, NULGE, South East zone condemned in its entirety the recommendation by the Confab to scrap the local government system.
According to the union, such an action will throw away all the gains already made in the Local Government system from 1976.
It also blamed the recommendation of the Confab on state governors accused of handpicking delegates to annul the system, so they could continue to rape local councils by hijacking their allocations from the federal government.
The union also condemned in strong terms the use of transition committees to administer local government councils by some states, describing it as an aberration.
“This recommendation, apart from being retrogressive, will drag the country to the native administrative era, with its attendant disadvantages,” the union lamented.
It also frowned at the proposed takeover of revenue windows of local government councils by Abia State government,.
The union contended that the practice ran contrary to the government’s position that councils’ internally generated revenue be increased.