By: Joy Odor/Kaduna
The Auditor of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Shehu Usman Salihu has condemned the inability of most State Governors to domesticate the Local Government Autonomy Bill passed by the National House of Assembly.
Comrade Salihu who disclosed this to newsmen at the Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL) Citizens Engagement Pillar one day Town Hall Meeting on Local Government Autonomy in Kaduna State, August 30th, 2018 opined that the State Government refused to do so because they are afraid of losing control over the administration of LGAs if granted autonomy.
He affirmed that the Governors, who are Chief Executives of the State want to continue exerting control of funds of the LGAs believing that through that, the local government administrators would remain perpetually loyal.
Comrade Salihu however explained that the Governors are getting it wrong, because even with the autonomy, they could still get loyalty from the LGA administrators.
In her introductory remarks as part of the panelists, the Executive Director, Legal Awareness for Nigerian Women (LEADS), Barrister Rebecca Sako-John blamed the delays in passage of the Autonomous bill on disagreement and frictions witnessed between various groups like the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT).
She advised all stakeholders to have a synergy to make any meaningful progress while assuring that CSOs would not relent in their efforts in clamouring for LGA autonomy.
Earlier, the NULGE representative, Comrade Christopher Kasuwa who is the Deputy President Kaduna State said they have championed the struggle for autonomy in several ways, adding that with autonomy in place, the entire society will benefits as it translates to good governance at the third tier of government.