NULGE urges Ortom to lead campaign for local government autonomy
The National President of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Ibrahim Khaleel has called on Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom to lead the campaign among his counterparts across the country on the need to grant autonomy to the third tier of government.
The NULGE boss, who was stated this while on advocacy visit to the governor noted that local government autonomy would aid development at grassroots.
While citing examples of developed democracy where autonomy is granted to the third tier of government, the NULGE boss maintained that autonomy would make council areas more functional and draw development closer to the people.
His words: “What we are saying is that we need a situation where there will be direct funds from federal allocation and no much encroachment on the council’s administration.
“He added that ‘what we have now is that there is a disconnection between the people and their leaders but our agitation is focus on having functional democratic government directly elected by the people.”
While noting that the country is not moving forward due to the gaps created between the people and those governing, the labour boss sued for an all-inclusive platform in the system.
While responding, governor Ortom went down memory lane of his experience as council chairman some years ago and admitted that granting local government autonomy would drive development at the grassroots.
He explained that he had brought his experience to bear into governance at the state level since assumption of office by suspending the joint account and project.
“After 30 years of being in politics and served in the local government, I should be able to know what is good for the people. So, as soon as I assumed office I removed the joint account and projects in the state. I don’t interfere in the finance of local government councils”, Ortom submitted.
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