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ANTI-AUTONOMY: Ondo NULGE Threatens to Vote Against APC, Lawmakers in 2023 Poll if …

By Dupson Collins, 8th September, 2022

Ondo State Chapter of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employee (NULGE) has threatened to vote against the candidates of the rulling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state if the State Assembly fail to pass Local Government Autonomy Bill.

The called became necessary as some states have rejected the Bill giving autonomy to local government.

Addressing the Newsmen in Akure, the state President of NULGE in Ondo State, Comrade Bola Taiwo said the body is aware of a plot by some state governors to stop their assembly members from passing into law the local government autonomy passed by the National Assembly.

The President also however urged the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, to work with the state house of assembly in ensuring that Ondo State joins states that had passed the autonomy bill, describing as unacceptable, the actions of the Ekiti and Lagos state Houses of Assembly that rejected autonomy for local government.

The NULGE leadership cautioned that failure by the Ondo State House of Assembly to pass the local government autonomy bill, the workers in the 18 local government areas would hesitate to also reject candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming elections.

Conrade Bola who noted that local government workers had always been supporting Governor Akeredolu and his party, APC, hence the need for the state Assembly to reciprocate the gesture by approving the autonomy bill without further delay.

Comrade Bola said, “We have done our voters registration and equally collected our PVC in anticipation of this. Any state or Party that votes against Local Government autonomy, we would also vote against them in future elections. You rub my back, I rub your back will be the title of the game”.

“It should be noted that a well developed Local Government system, being a grass-root driven and based Government which is the first line contact between the Nigerian State and the people, needs to be democratically equipped to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.

“For these reasons, its needs to be strengthened in this season of insecurity, unemployment, pressure on social amenities as a result ofover population and lack of adequate maintenance culture”.

“The Sunshine Assembly and the Union has been partners in progress and NULGE as a leading Union in Ondo State has maximally supported this administration, hence, the our plea that the Bill be passed in furtherance of making teacher’s salary a first line charge as provided by the National Assembly,” Comrade Bola said.

While thanking the states that have shown interest in giving Local Government the desired independence by passing the local government autonomy, the NULGE President noted that Local Government in Nigeria is a single tier government responsible for providing basic services to the people.

“Local governments exist to provide peculiar services particularly to rural communities and also, Local government is the major source by which community satisfies their common needs and problem.”

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