The Nigerian Union of Local Government Employee (NULGE), Adamawa State chapter, has agitated for local government autonomy in view of lack of payment of more than six-month salaries by the state government.
The National President of the union, Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel Abdulqadir, made the call on Tuesday when he led other members of the union on a peaceful rally from Ribado Square to the state’s House of Assembly as thousands of NULGE employees from different local government of the state thronged the assembly.
He saluted the courage of union members for their massive turnout.
“We want to register our dismay on the way the Local Government has been treated because we are always at the receiving end when there are crises,” he said.
Abdulqadir stated that the struggle for autonomy is not for NULGE alone but for Nigerians adding that if the politicians go against it, they will never vote for them.
He said the rally was not based on lack of payment of salaries but because they are the real people to tell the state the real situation of the local government.
“We want you to show to us that you are the real representatives of your people and also carry us along and give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar”, he said.
He however handed over a letter containing their demand for LG autonomy to the Deputy Speaker of Adamawa State House of Assembly.
Also speaking, the National Vice President of the union, Comrade Umar Abdullahi, said he will do all he can to make sure that the issue of autonomy has come to stay.
“An injury to one is an injury to all. We must make sure that the issue of autonomy has come to stay,” he stated.
In his remark, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Sunday Peter said: “this is Adamawa state House of Assembly, we are the people’s representatives and elected by the people, and we represent the opinion of the people and to abide by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the constitution is clear in section 4 that says ‘we are here to make laws for the security and lives of the people and for the welfare of the people”.
He added that they cannot deprive anyone the right to autonomy and are yet to receive an official communication of the bills that is proposed amendment of the Nigerian 1999 constitution and assured NULGE and other unions of its implementation when received.
“If we receive a copy we are going to do what our constitutions and the bi-laws asked us to do. Each bill is being treated with the opinion of the public”, he stated.
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