NULGE faults bill seeking abolition of local councils in Nigeria

The Nigerian Union of Employees (NULGE) expressed concern over a bill at the House of Representatives, seeking abolition of councils in Nigeria.
Mr Hakeem Ambali, National President, NULGE, said this when he spoke with newsmen in Kano.
Ambali, represented by Mr Aliyu Haruna, NULGE National Treasurer, said abolishing local councils will worsen the security in the country.
“A lawmaker from Rivers sponsored a bill at the House of Representatives seeking to abolish councils in Nigeria.

“In spite of the fact that governors have refused to implement the autonomy, what we are witnessing now is an attempt to abolish the councils in the country. This is a gang up against the masses.
“This is an attempt to the country backward, therefore, we are calling national assembly to look into the issue, which is an attempt to take away what remain people at the grassroots.
“I assure you that if the local government autonomy is implemented by the governors, the issue of insecurity would have been a thing of the past, because some security issues can handled locally,” he said.

Ambali said that once the local government councils were granted full autonomy, socio-economic activities will spring up at the grassroots level.
He said that NULGE had made contact with the of the National Assembly issue, adding that if such did not yield good result, it will embark on strike.

Ambali also expressed concern over sack of about 2,000 workers by the Kaduna State government as well as the slashing of workers’ salary by the Kano State government. (NAN)