Extend Anti-corruption War To Lgas, Nulge Tells Buhari

Source: thewillnigeria.com

SAN FRANCISCO, March 03, (THEWILL) – The National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the ongoing fight against corruption to local government areas (LGAs) across the country.

The NULGE, through its president Ibrahim Khaleal, made the call during a chat with Yussuff Lasun, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, also commended the efforts by the National Assembly to grant autonomy to LGAs.

The NULGE president passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the House of Representatives, saying, “We believe that under your leadership, local government councils should be free and autonomous. The local government areas bridge the gap between government and the grassroots.”

He explained that the main challenges facing NULGE was the continuous diversion of local government funds by the state governments and that the union would continue with the struggle for the emancipation of the LGAs.

According to him, the state governments imposed political structures at the council areas that most times negated the principle of democracy, alleging that the state governments manipulated the state Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC), during council elections thereby subverting the will of the people.

In his remarks, Yussuff Lasun, Deputy Speaker, restated the resolve of the House to the actualization of Local Government autonomy and urged the Union to engage seasoned legal practitioners to study the Nigerian Constitution so as to explore all the available opportunities to put in place the framework that will help to realize it.

He said the state governments were holding unto the joint account to run the financiers of the council areas

He noted that the constitution of the country had given the right to legislate and create council areas on the state house of assembly, adding that if the constitution should recognize three tiers of government, the local government areas should also be autonomous.

Story by David Oputah