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.”