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Ineffective LG system cause of insecurity, poverty —NULGE – Punch Newspapers

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National President of NULGE, Hakeem Ambali
The National Union of Local Government Employees has reiterated its call for autonomy of the local government system for Nigeria to overcome most of its challenges.
Lamenting the spate of poverty and insecurity in many parts of the country currently, the NULGE said all these were happening because the local government system has been crippled and rendered useless.
The National President of the union, Mr Olatunji Ambali, stated this while speaking with our correspondent in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Saturday.
He said, “As at today, you can no longer move from one state to another without initially asking if you will get home safely. Insecurity in the South, East and North. This is not the Nigeria of our dream. We are bedeviled with abject poverty, joblessness, hopelessness, threat to the nationhood.

“Everybody now result to ethnic agitation. We have come this far because Nigeria is no longer working. The nation has failed the masses. At 61, Nigeria has abandon her constitutional role in guarantee security and peace in the country.

“This can be traced to the systemic decay and destruction at the LG level. Local government system is the most strategic, most relevant, most popular and most acceptable tier of government in the country.”
Ambali declared that the practice of  funding of the local governments through state governments must stop,   saying the function of the local governments had been taken over by the state governments which had been slowing down the development of the grassroots.


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“We need a politically-free and financially dependent local government administration. The local government has been raped over the time; it has witnessed systematic destruction as a result of misrule and stealing of local government funds, thereby militating against progressive development at the grassroots level.
“No wonder, as of today, we are bedevilled by insecurity and poverty. We are deprived and also encumbered by unemployment, homelessness just because we have a failing system in the local government,” the NULGE President stated.
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