The struggle for autonomy at the local government areas in Nigeria should not just be an affair for the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), the National Union of Teachers (NUT), or Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), but all, in view of the benefits that its attainment would bring to the entire society.
Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) Citizens Engagement Pillar Team Leader in Kaduna, Mr. Abel Adejor, expressed this in his welcome address to PERL Engaged Citizens One Day Town Hall Meeting on Local Government Autonomy in Kaduna State, held on August 30, 2018.
“LGA autonomy is not just an NLC or NULGE affair, but one that all Nigerians should champion in view of benefits that would come from all,” he saud
Adejor stressed that development at the LGA is everyone’s affair as it impacts on health, and other key sectors in the grassroots.
He explained that as such, it is important to look at the LGA autonomy bill, which the National Assembly has passed and was sent to state Houses of Assembly.
He said the meeting was targeted at getting all stakeholders to lobby their representatives at the State Houses of Assembly.
“It is expected that 24 out of 36 states vote in favour of the bill so that the President can assent.
“Those who attended LEA schools in the past and now, is there any difference? Then public schools were the best unlike now that all have turned to private schools.
” We have 34 members in Kaduna Assembly and if we can impress on all our representatives to support the bill, they will oblige,” he charged.