By Victor Ahiuma-Young
DELTA State chapter of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, has expressed worry over protracted delay in the deliberation and passage of Local Government Autonomy Bill sent by the National Assembly.
Speaking on the union’s concerns over non-deliberation on the bill, state President of NULGE, Zico Okwudi, said the union was worried that while most states in the country had granted full autonomy to local governments, Delta State House of Assembly was yet to deliberate on the bill, months after it was transmitted to state Assemblies by the National Assembly.
He said: “We find this development very worrisome in view of the fact that Governor Ifeanyi Okowa had during a courtesy visit by our union, assured us that Delta State will uphold autonomy for local government once the National Assembly transmits the bill to the state Assembly. Now that more than 13 states have passed the bill on local government autonomy, we are appealing to the state House of Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the bill in line with the governor’s promise.”