Written by COMFORT 95.1FM on March 6, 2018
Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, says that local government autonomy had not been rejected by states houses of assembly in the on-going constitution amendment process, as has been speculated.
NULGE said the bill on local government autonomy was still under consideration by twenty six houses of assembly across the country, as only ten houses of assembly had so far considered the bill and passed it to the Chairman of Conference of Speakers of states houses of assembly for transmission to the National Assembly.
President of NULGE Ibrahim Khaleel gave this explanation over the weekend to dispel insinuation that the state Houses of Assembly might have rejected local government autonomy, based on the transmission of some bills considered by the states houses to the National Assembly on Thursday.
He explained that the National Assembly sent fifteen different bills to the states houses, incluing Local Government Autonomy Bill and that among the ten states that had considered it, eight states: Kwara, Benue, Niger, Plateau, Bauchi, Cross River, Bayelsa and Ogun states voted for local government autonomy while only two states: Edo and Imo, rejected it.