The National President of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Ibraheem Khaleel, has insisted that there is no going back on the planned local government autonomy in Nigeria, describing it as a way to entrench democracy in the country.
Khaleel made this known while addressing journalists at the Labour House headquarters, Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State, as part of the activities to mark the South-West rally for the fight for local government autonomy. Later addressing hundreds of NULGE members who converged on the state headquarters for the rally, Khaleel said: “Most of the developmental problems faced by Nigeria today are caused by the state governors, who had been successfully milking on the third tier of government to enrich themselves.”
He further added that the union was ready to pursue its course to a logical end, while he urged the governors to cue in to the wish of Nigerians, by agreeing to the local government autonomy. Khaleel also noted that the union would round up the rally with the mother of all rallies in Abuja on February 29, which would have various other union representatives from 30 countries in attendance, to press home its demand.
“The practical way to democratise Nigeria is to allow for local government autonomy, decentralise power and regularise the situation as bestowed upon us by the founding fathers of this great country. Past rulers in the country made this possible and we can say that it is the best for the country,” he said.