President called on the National Assembly to keep the window open for other states to conclude their work on the very important bill that will liberate people at the grassroots and bring the dividends of democracy to them.
The leadership of NULGE
met the governor of Imo state over five times and on each occasion, he gave us the assurances that he will allow the state Assembly to do their own work, but unfortunately, the reverse was the case.
It would be recalled that the NUT, in several protests, has stated that the local government lacks the capacity to cater for primary education if granted autonomy, while the NULGE has argued that the local government desired financial, political and administrative autonomy for better functionality.
Hundreds of members of NULGE immediately left the legislative chambers after the ruling of the Speaker in disgust.
The Oyo State NULGE President was elected the first Vice-Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Oyo State in 2015.
The Oyo State NULGE Executives tenure ends in December 2019.
Famofo who was accompanied by NULGE Presidents in Oyo, Ogun, Lagos, Ekiti, Osun and Ondo states, said granting autonomy to local government would enable Council chairmen to engage services of local vigilantes that would provide security.
The NULGE Vice President charged state lawmakers nationwide to hold public hearings on the ongoing constitution amendment to allow stakeholders to express their overwhelming support for the local government autonomy as approved by the National Assembly in July last year.
Also speaking, the Ondo State President of NULGE, Comrade Bunmi Eniayewu said granting autonomy to local governments remained the fastest way to guarantee rapid growth at the grassroots and a viable Democratic process in the country.
Rising from its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, NULGE resolved to declare a national day of prayers to make the members of the state house of assembly to see reasons why local government autonomy is desirable.
President of NULGE, Comrade Ibraheem Khaleel, said the union would sustain its advocacy and ensure that the constitution review is achieved.
Apart from organisation a national day of prayers across all the 774 local governments of the federation, Comrade Khaleel pointed out that the NEC-in-session has mandated the state councils of NULGE to mobile and sensitize their members across the country to engage the members of the states house of assembly from the ward level on the need to approve local government autonomy.