“Save our future, support LG autonomy”, “LG Autonomy is beyond salaries”, “Let local government be”
On Thursday, members of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) took the streets in Ibadan to demand for autonomy for local governments in Oyo state. They expressed frustration on the refusal of the state government to allow the local government to be independent politically, financially, and administratively.
Here are some of the noteworthy messages: Local Government Autonomy is a must and sacrosanct for the overall economic and social development of the grassroots”, “NULGE demands: financial autonomy, political autonomy, administrative autonomy. Without Local Government, no state government, and no National government. Beware of mischief makers”,
“LG autonomy is for development”, “Government should support LG autonomy”, “Scrap JAAC, conduit pipe for corruption”, “Scrap SIEC, wuru-wuru election”,
“Save our future, support LG autonomy”, “LG Autonomy is beyond salaries”, “Let local government be”, and “Hunger is a horrible killer than war. Please stop killing us with hunger”.
The protest started from the Labour House to the Oyo State Government secretariat, Agodi where letters of demands were delivered to the governor and speaker of the state. The workers were led on the protest by the State Chairman, Comrade Titilayo Sodo,and the South West Chairman, and Comrade Oludare Famofo.
According to Sodo, Federal and State government should implement the Supreme Court judgment of 2002 which negates continuous appointment of caretaker committee chairmen to run the affairs of local government noting that the practice has hindered the effective development of LGs across the country.
Granting administrative autonomy to local government in the country, he said, would enhance quick development and growth at the grass roots level, which would translate to making democracy participatory and impactful on the people.
He described the act of operating joint account by local and state government as conduit of siphoning funds and depriving people at the grassroots of the needed development.
“Our core demand in requesting for local government autonomy includes: political, financial and administrative autonomy of LGAs. Abolition of State/LGA joint account, payment of 10% internally generated revenue by State governments to LGAs, stopping the deduction from LGA’s federal revenue allocation by State governments. Proposal for payment of teachers’ salaries to be on first line charge of FAAC, abolition of SIEC and reverting the conduct of local government elections to INEC, implement the ruling of Supreme Court judgment against appointment of caretaker committees for LGs and reckless dissolution of elected local government councils”.