26 July 2020 by Abdullahi jalaluddeen
The President Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, Comrade Ibrahim Khalil has attributed the high increase of poverty among Nigerians to lack of absolute autonomy of local government administration.
Comrade Ibrahim Khalil stated this at a media briefing in Wudil Local Government area of Kano state.
He said the COVID 19 pandemic had drastically affected local government administration, a great set back to the development of the nation.
The NULGE chairman noted that rejection of autonomy of local governments by the State Governor was unwise and a threat to national security.
“If local governments are handicapped financially, job apportunities for the teeming youths at the local level would not be available at the local level ,which would lead to rural – urban drift and increase in crime and other social vices.”
Comrade Ibrahim Khalil maitained that NULGE would not relent in the struggle for local government autonomy with the aim of ensuring a better life for Nigerians .
” I’m appealing to all well meaning Nigerians to join the struggle in a legitimate way ,so that we would crush down poverty among our youths and create more job apportunities.
The NULGE boss the explained that the union was not fighting for local government autonomy for the benefit of the union,rather it is for the benefit of the General populace.