The South East zone of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has slammed the delegates to the ongoing National Conference for recommending the scrapping of local government system.
The union noted that the decision will not only drag the country to a dark era but also work against the poor.
Rising from a zonal meeting in Umuahia, the union expressed concerns that delegates to the Confab were trying to upturn the decision of Nigerians who voted for the autonomy of local government councils.
In a 4-point communiqué signed by the National Vice President, Comrade Eze Idima and 10 other officers, NULGE, South East zone condemned in its entirety the recommendation by the Confab to scrap the local government system.
According to the union, such an action will throw away all the gains already made in the Local Government system from 1976.
It also blamed the recommendation of the Confab on state governors accused of handpicking delegates to annul the system, so they could continue to rape local councils by hijacking their allocations from the federal government.
The union also condemned in strong terms the use of transition committees to administer local government councils by some states, describing it as an aberration.
“This recommendation, apart from being retrogressive, will drag the country to the native administrative era, with its attendant disadvantages,” the union lamented.
It also frowned at the proposed takeover of revenue windows of local government councils by Abia State government,.
The union contended that the practice ran contrary to the government’s position that councils’ internally generated revenue be increased. [Vanguard]
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Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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