The National President of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Comrade Ibrahim Khalil has attributed the high increase of poverty among average Nigerians to lack of absolute autonomy for local governments who are closer to the people at the grass root.
Mr Khalil stated this while briefing journalists at his residence in Wudil town, Wudil Local Government area of Kano state on Saturday.
The NULGE chairman noted that the moves by the state governors against the autonomy of local governments was unwise, adding that it causes serious challenge to the security of the nation.
“If local government administrations are handicapped financially, job opportunities for the teaming youths at local level would not be available at the grassroots. This lead to the mass trooping of youths to the urban centers, resulting to increase in the rate of crimes and other social vices.”
Comrade Ibrahim Khalil maintained that NULGE would not relent in the struggle to for attainment of local government autonomy with aim of ensuring a better life for the general citizens.
” I’m appealing to all well meaning Nigerians to join the struggle in a legitimate way so that we will crush down poverty among our youths and create more job opportunities to the teaming youths in Nigeria.
The NULGE boss explained that the union was not fighting for local government autonomy for the benefit of itself, rather for the benefit of the general populace.
He noted that even the COVID-19 pandemic was not believed by many if Nigerians at the grassroot because the federal government had centralized the response to the pandemic, instead of decentralizing it to local government level.