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Fayose backs NULGE on LG autonomy

Fayose backs NULGE on LG autonomy

Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) Gover­nors’ Forum, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has declared sup­port for the agitation of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) for local govern­ment autonomy, saying; he will continue to support whatever that will bring development and good governance.
Fayose, who also called for democratisation of the local government adminis­tration in the country, add­ed that the persistent use of caretaker committee to run the affairs of local councils in the country was against the words and letters of Section 7 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended).
In a release issued on Wednesday, by his Special Assistant on Public Com­munications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Gov Fayose called on the National Assembly to en­sure the amendment of the Constitution so as to ensure autonomy for the local gov­ernment, which is the third tier of government in the country.
He said, “Within the ambit of our laws, we have ensured that local govern­ments in Ekiti State operate without undue interference from the state government and I believe that relevant constitutional amendments that are necessary to ensure autonomy for the local gov­ernment should be done without further delay.
“As for me, I have washed my hands completely from the running of local coun­cils except as permitted by our laws.”

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