LG autonomy: Agitation not over, NULGE tells states

The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, a trade union representing workers in Nigeria, has said the struggle for local government autonomy will not end until the bill on the subject is passed by all state Houses of Assembly.

The national president of the union, Olatunji Ambali, made the declaration in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Monday.

It will be recalled that the state Houses of Assembly voted the bill seeking to grant financial and administrative autonomy to local governments.

In 2022, the National Assembly began a constitution review process under the chairmanship of Senator Omo-Agege.

A number of bills were put forward towards the amendment of the constitution, among them is the one seeking financial and administrative autonomy for local governments.

The bill seeks to abrogate the state-local government joint account; establish local government as a tier of government and institutionalise legislative bureaucracy in the constitution.

Constitutionally, a simple majority of votes is required in at least two-thirds of state assemblies (24 out of 36) for the amendments to sail through, and subsequently to be assented to by the President.

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