We only vote for parties that support LG’s autonomy —Kwara NULGE

Local government workers in Kwara state, under the auspices of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), have asked Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq and members of the state House of Representatives to speed up the process needed to gain financial autonomy in the local government areas in the state.

Speaking to reporters in Ilorin on Wednesday, members of the NULGE, led by the president, Comrade Oyinlade Adeleye, called on the governor to break his silence on the matter, saying Kwara State should join states that support the bill. had assumed that the local government grants financial autonomy such as Abia, Delta and Kogi.

The local government employees, who promised to use their voter card in the upcoming general election against any legislator opposing local government autonomy in the state, advised state legislators to go beyond arguing, but in fact to vote for financial autonomy from local government.

“We will not be violent in our agitation, but we will fight with our voter cards. What we’re going to tell our people is that any House member who voted against local government autonomy, our people would vote him or her out of office. We will not vote for them. And we stand by any party that is ready to embrace local government autonomy. That is, we are going to instruct our people to vote for such a party. We all belong to departments, polling booths and different communities in the state. We will mobilize to achieve our desired success,” said Adeleye.

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Comrade Adeleye, who described local government autonomy as a catalyst for grassroots development, said financial autonomy in local governments would help address challenges such as food security or common insurgency.

“If local government autonomy is in place, all the challenges faced by the base areas, such as food insecurity, banditry, kidnapping and all forms of insecurity, would be easily addressed. We are not appendages of the state government. We are more recognized as the third tier of government. Everything we ask for is for the benefit of the generality of the people and not for our own benefit. We want development at the base. Everyone belongs to one local government or the other. That’s why we have to fight this fight together,” he said.

The NULGE in Kwara state appreciated members of the National Assembly for their intervention following the amendment aimed at bringing state legislators together to vote for Autonomy of Local Government System in Nigeria.

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“We do not dwell on the main concern of our struggle for local government autonomy, which is due to the desperation of some state governors to manipulate the quest for the independence of the third tier of government and to break down.

“We would like to commend the members and leadership of the State Houses of Assembly who passed the bill granting local government autonomy.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to call on the governor of the state to break his long silence on the vehement issue of local government autonomy.

“Our governor must stand up and invest in the confidence of the majority of the people of Kwara State to write his name in gold by joining true Democrats and Progressives,” the NULGE boss said.


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