Local govt autonomy will address Nigeria’s challenges ― NULGE President

The National President of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Ambali Olatunji has reiterated the union’s call for the autonomy of the local government system, saying it will help the nation to overcome most of its challenges.

Ambali Olatunji who stated this while speaking in Akure, the Ondo State capital, lamented over the spate of poverty and insecurity in many parts of the country currently, attributing to the crippled local government system.

He said, “As at today, you can no longer move from one state to another without initially asking if you will get home safely. Insecurity in the South, East, and North. This is not the Nigeria of our dream. We are bedeviled by abject poverty, joblessness, hopelessness, a threat to nationhood.

“Everybody now resorts to ethnic agitation. We have come this far because Nigeria is no longer working. The nation has failed the masses. At 61, Nigeria has abandoned its constitutional role in guarantee security and peace in the country.

“This can be traced to the systemic decay and destruction at the LG level. The local government system is the most strategic, most relevant, most popular, and most acceptable tier of government in the country.”

Ambali who noted that the local government system had been crippled and rendered useless advocated that the practice of funding of the local governments through the state government must stop.

According to him. the function of the local governments had been taken over by the state governments which had been slowing down the development of the grassroots.

“We need a politically free and financially dependent local government administration. The local government has been raped over time; it has witnessed systematic destruction as a result of misrule and stealing of local government funds, thereby militating against progressive development at the grassroots level.

“No wonder, as of today, we are bedevilled by insecurity and poverty. We are deprived and also encumbered by unemployment, homelessness just because we have a failing system in the local government,” the NULGE President stated.

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