By Bashir Bello
KATSINA—Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, has stepped up its fight for the autonomy of local government in the country, demanding for the abolition of the state joint account and State Independent Electoral Commission, SIEC.
The union accused governors of interference and manipulation of SIEC and the state local government joint account.
National President of NULGE, Ibrahim Khalil, who spoke at the 40 years anniversary of the union, also accused governors of emasculating and rendering the local government system incapacitated.
Represented by Katsina State President of the union, Aliyu Haruna Kankara, Khalil said: “There has always been attempts to emasculate and render the system incapacitated. State governors always see local government as insignificant and nothing good for selfish reasons and have, therefore, done everything possible to render it impotent.
“It is on the basis of the aforementioned challenges that NULGE decided to mobilise its teeming members to wage a total and comprehensive campaign to liberate the third tier of government from the jugular of state governors for the overall development of the country.
“Our struggle for local government autonomy is not only for workers but also the entire system, since we believe that if the system should perform optimally, workers and the entire citizenry will benefit.
“Our position and demand for local government autonomy are constitutional recognition of local government as third tier of the government with full autonomy.
“Our study shows that Section (7) (I) though guarantees the existence of local government, but the section needs to be overhauled to give local government their full executive and legislative powers.”