THE President of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Mr Ibrahim Khaleel, on Monday, threatened not vote for any governor or political office holders who campaign against the actualisation of the local government autonomy in the country.
Khaleel, who stated this in Akure, Ondo state capital, during a press briefing at the end of the Media and Civil Society Organisation, CSO, Technical Session on Constitution Review organised by the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn, PERL.
The NULGE president who said a “No to local government Autonomy means No Votes,” however, canvassed for the practical support of the south-west legislators on full autonomy to local governments so that visible development and responsive governance can be achieved at the grassroots level.
Khaleel said “Where a governor proved to be stubborn, we will mobilise the people at the grassroots against such a governor when he is seeking re-election.
“Our action shall not affect only the governors but also other elected officers that opposed local government autonomy.”
The technical session for the South West Geopolitical zone was held in Akure, Ondo State and was attended by delegates from the six states in the zone.
The NULGE National President, who was supported by the Ondo State chapter president, Dr Bunmi Eniayewu and other leaders of the union in the zone, said local government as the tiers of government remained the closest to the people of the grassroots and must not be rendered impotent.
He said rendering the third tier of government useless and non-functional is not good for democracy and urged all the State Houses of Assembly in the South West to support the development.
It will be recalled that nine states Houses of Assembly had voted in support of local government autonomy while some state governors have vowed not to back the actualisation of the constitutional amendment on local government autonomy.
He said “out of the 36 states of the federation, 12 states have voted on the two bills. Nine voted for the local government autonomy, three against while we still awaiting 24 states to make their decision on the issue.”