Monday, May 17, 2021

NULGE threatens to occupy NASS, lawmakers’ country homes over plans to scrap LG councils


tiamin rice

The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, has threatened to occupy the National Assembly as well as the country homes of the lawmakers over the plan to scrap the local government system.

The National President of NULGE, Ambali Olatunji, who disclosed this to newsmen in Enugu, on Saturday, said that those behind the plot were insensitive to the plight and governance needs of the majority of Nigerians in the rural areas.

Mr Olatunji spoke on the sideline of a bill before the House of Representatives seeking to abolish the third tier of government.

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The bill is being sponsored by a House of Representatives member, Bob Solomon, PDP- Rivers.

He, therefore, warned that the sponsor of the bill and other lawmakers, who showed support for it, would face the wrath of the entire Nigeria local government workers soon.

Mr Olatunji said if the bill was not killed immediately, the workers would in the next few days stage a protest at the National Assembly, after which they would storm the country homes of all members of the parliament.

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“Our existence is being threatened; we will not sit down and watch. There will be a national protest there at the National Assembly.

“They are no longer representing us, they are representing themselves. Bob Emmanuel, who benefited from the local government system, has now become so disillusioned that he wants the system scrapped.

“He is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and that is why we have asked the party to call their son to order. Any person who attempts to kill the local government system is killing his own political future.

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“No lawmaker, who is on the side of the masses should join this destructive move. We shall fight them all,” he said.

The NULGE boss urged governors, who believed in the local governments and have conducted elections into them, to speak out against this plan to destabilize a system that draws government closer to the people.


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