Workers protest in Abuja, demand autonomy for local governments

Protesters in Abuja... on Monday

The workers want autonomy for Nigeria’s 774 local governments

Hundreds of local government workers, Thursday morning, marched on the streets of Abuja to demand autonomy for the 774 local government areas in Nigeria.

The workers, under the aegis of the he National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, marched from the Wuse area of Abuja towards the National Assembly.

The protest tagged “GET ANGRY AND FIGTH BACK, local government autonomy for national development,” saw the workers chanting various solidarity songs.The workers say they want the third tier of government to be independent of the states, and have held the protest in the six geo-political zones across Nigeria to show their displeasure at the current situation.

They also demanded for total autonomy for the local governments unlike what obtains now where local government allocations are paid from the federal government into accounts controlled by state governments; with the states determining what ends up in the hands of local government officials.The workers’ say they want local government autonomy to be a priority in the ongoing amendment of the Nigerian constitution.



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