Ibrahim Khahil, National President of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), has said that local government autonomy if granted will put an end to the fraudulent joint project pilfering of local government funds by state government. Khahil said financial autonomy would also witness direct funding of local government from the Federation Account and massive grassroots development. The National President of NULGE disclosed this in Calabar at NULGE South-South Zonal rally on local government autonomy held at Peace Park, the Cross River State capital.
Addressing the rally, Khahil said local government autonomy would guarantee adequate care for traditional institutions, eradication of poverty at the grassroots, entrenchment of accountability and efficient local government administration. According to him, the National campaign for local government autonomy will also guarantee return of revenue sources, hitherto hijacked by state government to local government, stoppage of illegal allocations of local government funds to unconstitutional institutions and personage. The rally, which kicked off at Peace Park, took the NULGE leaders from there to the Cross River State House of Assembly where they urged the law-makers to support the campaign for local government autonomy.
Also speaking, the National President Nigeria Youth for positive change (NYPC), Nasir Kabir, alleged that corrupt former governors are taking over the Senate for political protection. “Corrupt governors have become too powerful, they impose local government chairmen, members of the state house of Assembly, majority of the House of Representatives, and even decide who becomes the president”