By: Valentine Adese,
The quest for Local Government Autonomy in Nigeria has taken a new shape, as the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and other Non-governmental Organizations operating in five (5) states in the South-west zone of Nigeria, have declared to mobilize electorates not to vote in any forthcoming elections, if the Houses of Assemblies in that zone did not vote in support of Local Government Autonomy.
This declaration of “No-Atonomy-No-Vote” was made after a Media and Civil Society Technical Session on Constitutional Amendment Review, organized by Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), at Heritage Continental Hotel, Akure, Ondo state, Nigeria.
The National President of NULGE, Comrade Ibrahim Kaleel, who led the press briefing team after the technical session and flanked by other leaders of NGOs, and CSOs said, “We call on the five (5) Houses of Assemblies in the South-west zone comprising of, Lagos, Osun, Oyo, Ondo, and Ekiti, to pass the Local government Autonomy without delay!
“We are aware that some of the Houses have stepped it down for the purpose of conducting public hearing but, they must vote in favour of it.”