By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
.The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees ( NULGE ) on Wednesday declared that most of the governors of the 36 states of the Federation are the problem of local government administration in Nigeria.
NULGE Vice President, Comrade Oludare Famofo stated this in Ibadan while addressing a press conference at the end of a two days workshop tagged Media/CSO Dialogue on Local Government Autonomy held at PEES Fun hotel, Awotan.
According to NULGE, most of the governors in Nigeria have constituted themselves as major stumbling block to the development of local government administration in the country as clearly shown in their position on the current agitation for autonomy for local government in the country.
The union while asking the Houses of Assembly in the remaining five states in the South West ( as Ogun state has endorsed the autonomy) to without wasting time any longer conducted the public hearing promised the union on local government autonomy.
“We are here again today to call on the five states House of Assemblies in the South west to do the needful by holding the public hearing promised us. The governors too should allow the local government autonomy to be by letting the Houses of Assembly in the South west go ahead with the public hearings” he said.
NULGE specifically accused some of the state governors in the country of tactically mounting undue pressure on their state House of Assembly not to support granting autonomy to the local government
On the gains of granting autonomy to the local government, Comrade Famofo said the present insecurity problem in some parts of the country was as a result of local government not having enough finances and powers to adequately tackle security issues at the grassroots .
The NULGE Vice President stressed that with autonomy, local government will be in the best position to mobilize all the security agencies at the grassroots to tackle and fish out those involved in the acts as well as enabled the local government to put an end to the infrastructural decay at the grassroots.