In renewed efforts to see the Local Government Autonomy bill passed into law, the national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, has concluded arrangements to embark on a peaceful rally in the 36 states of the country.
The rally is aimed at prevailing on state houses of assembly most especially state Governors, to take a cue from the National Assembly who has passed the Local Government Autonomy bill and free the Local Government councils.
A statement signed by the Acting General Secretary of NULGE, Comrade Chuks Aguonye, and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Abuja, noted that the state governors were reasons behind the inability of the 7th Assembly to pass the Local Government Autonomy bill into law.
“The two chambers of the National Assembly have passed the bill and has transmitted same in addition to other bills to state houses of assemblies as required by law.
“Recall that the 7th National Assembly attempted to amend the 1991 constitution which the National Assembly passed the Local Government autonomy bill, unfortunately, it failed to get the two-third majority of state houses of assembly.
“Available evidence confirmed that the failure of the state assemblies to get two-third majority required was attributable to the dictates and influence of state governors who wanted to control the funds of Local Government Councils and this time around, the union will not allow what happened in the last assembly to repeat itself.
“In view of the above, the need for the national leadership to act and act fast has become necessary. Therefore, at the end of an emergency NEC meeting of the Union, it was agreed that rallies be held in the 36 states capital of the country, irrespective of the fact that such rally has been held before now or not.
“Accordingly, all state chapters of the union have been directed to mobilize all our members in the states for peaceful rallies on a date assigned to them as one of the programmes slated for this campaign at this stage,” the statement read in parts.
While lamenting the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari who promised to ensure the bill was passed into law under his watch, Aguonye disclosed that the union has set aside a day within the week to offer special prayers for his quick recovery.