The Delta State chapter of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), has urged members of the Delta State House of Assembly to ensure speedy passage of constitutional provision which seek to legalize local government autonomy.
BigPen Online recalls that the State House of Assembly had earlier deferred voting on the provision on local government fiscal autonomy in the ongoing constitution amendment.
The lawmaker also deferred to vote on two other alterations including Section 6 which seeks to strengthen local government administration in Nigeria and section 22 which deals with the establishment and function of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps and the need to include it in the exclusive list.
The lawmakers said that their decided to defer voting on the three sections was to allow for more time for more information on the subject matters before coming up with resolutions on them.
However, arising from its State Executive Council meeting, NULGE called on the state Assembly to expedite actions that will lead to the speedy passage of the bill.
They noted that there could be no better time to pass the bill into law than now when all local government areas in the country are in dire need of wholesome development.
According to them, the autonomy of local governments will bring governance to the door steps of the masses.
State President of NULGE, Comrade Ziko Okwudi in a statement after the meeting said, “If Nigerians are really concerned about infrastructural development, security, job creation and overall well-being of the Nigeria state, then the autonomy of local governments would certainly be a guarantee for these”.
“We therefore urge all Nigerians, particularly Deltans, to throw their weight behind this national discourse to secure autonomy for local governments. There is no better time than now. Thus we urge members of the House of Assembly to vote in favour of this bill as they will be reconvening soon”, the union added.