Enugu Assembly Backs Autonomy Of Local Councils

SAN FRANCISCO, September 06 (THEWILL) – Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Ubosi, on Wednesday pledged support to the agitation for the autonomy of local government administration in the country, just as the state legislature is fighting for its independence.

He stated this in Enugu while addressing members of the National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, who stormed the assembly complex to demand total autonomy of the local government administration.

According to him, “As we are fighting for our own autonomy, we will also support other people who are fighting for their own autonomy so that God will help us to achieve our own.

“Anything about local government system, all of you will know that I am a part of it. The issue of local government autonomy is something I am a part of because I am a former councillor, supervisor and local government chairman.”

He advised the leadership of the union to also engage other members of the House of Assembly to ensure that there is consensus on the matter.

“I urge you to go to your constituencies, and engage your representatives even if it takes going to their houses.

“You need to do some consultations by meeting stakeholders. If you ask me to vote, I will vote for local government autonomy,” he said.

The NULGE National President, represented by the National Treasurer, Comrade Ambali Akeem, also demanded that state independent electoral commissions across the federation should be scraped.

In its stead, he called for the setting up of a singular electoral commission be charged with the responsibility of conducting elections at the local government level.

“Over the years, they have failed to conduct credible election at the local government level. Most of the time, what they do is coronation instead of election.

“And the local government tenure system is not spelt out in the law. Some will have three years, some two years, while some will have one and half years,” Akeem said.

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